Next week, Illinois American Water will begin upgrades to wastewater infrastructure in Godfrey. Approximately $750,000 will be invested to replace two sections of a 24-inch wastewater effluent main. Work will also be completed to protect the existing wastewater force main which runs from the La Vista lift station to the Godfrey wastewater treatment plant.
This infrastructure, located along La Vista Creek, will be reinforced, and protected from the natural shifting of the
creek and potential creek bank erosion. According to Ric Cooper, senior design engineer, the project “will not only
upgrade wastewater infrastructure but will also protect and enhance the La Vista Creek watershed.”
Cooper said, “Whenever possible, Illinois American Water incorporates green infrastructure and practices into our
operations and capital investments. The La Vista Creek project focuses on protecting the environment and
enhancing the beauty of La Vista Creek, La Vista Trail and the Village of Godfrey, while supporting reliable service.”
Illinois American Water is partnering on necessary easements for the project with the Village of Godfrey, Great
Rivers Land Preservation Association and Oblate Real Estate Trust. The project includes:
- Installation of natural limestone in areas along the creek bank which are prone to erosion.
- Installation of rip-rap, which is similar to large stones and rock, to further decrease erosion and create a
streamlined transition to the natural limestone.
- Natural rock grade controls which dissipate energy and deflect stream flow back to the center of the
channel to follow its natural course.
- Installation of Newbury riffles to help naturalize stream flow and prevent erosion of the La Vista Creek
- Planting of native grasses and plants to restore the creek bank and beautify the area.
Illinois American Water has provided water service to the River Bend area for over 145 years and wastewater
service to Godfrey since acquiring the system in November 2019. This project is part of the commitment made by
the company to upgrade and protect local wastewater system infrastructure.
Cooper said, “Illinois American Water develops 5-year and 10- year capital plans to upgrade infrastructure and
decrease environmental impact. This approach supports reliable service as well as community development.”
The project requires a partial closure of La Vista Trail. The closure will start at the Route 100 access. A portion of
the trail will be accessible from the La Vista Trail parking lot on Route 3.
Illinois American Water contracted with M3 Engineering, a certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) firm, to
design the environmentally-friendly project. Plocher Construction will complete the construction. Weather
permitting, the project should be completed this summer with native plantings in spring of 2022.