Watershed communities and other stakeholders will be invited to participate in the planning process getting underway this fall to develop an umbrella watershed-based plan for the entire Des Plaines River Watershed in Lake County thanks to an IL EPA $658,162 grant from its Section 319 voluntary Nonpoint Source Pollution Reduction Program awarded to SMC. The river is identified as an impaired waterbody by IL EPA and the watershed plan will address nonpoint source pollution, providing priority action items and projects to improve water quality.
SMC will be hosting a series of public meetings 2016-2018. All meeting materials including summaries, agendas and presentations will be posted here.
Watershed Plan Implementation Projects
As part of the watershed planning effort, SMC will develop two (2) pilot Small Watershed Assessment and Action Plans (SWAPPs). The SWAPPs will provide more detailed concept designs and budgets for site-specific best management practices (BMPs) in smaller catchment areas of the watershed - focusing on lake or smaller stream tributary drainage areas.
The IL EPA grant also provides funding for three (3) BMP projects to reduce nonpoint source pollution.
The College of Lake County will install bioswales in new and reconstructed parking lots that drain to Willow Lake.
The Lake County Forest Preserve District will use agricultural BMPs to reduce pollution from three farm fields in the North Mill Creek subwatershed.
The Mundelein Park District will stabilize the shoreline of Community Pond and the stream banks of Bull Creek with native plant buffers in Keith Mione Community Park located on Midlothian Road in Mundelein.