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Residents invited to attend
watershed planning meeting

OAKWOOD HILLS – Local community members are invited to attend an upcoming Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creek watershed planning meeting Thursday.

The meeting will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Hills Village Hall, 3020 N. Park Drive.

The meeting is part of an initiative to develop a watershed action plan for the Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creek watersheds in southeastern McHenry County.

Watershed planning is a collaborative, locally supported approach to protecting and improving water quality in lakes and streams, restoring healthy aquatic habitat, addressing groundwater protections, and other water resource-related concerns.

On St. Patrick’s Day, community members will work to identify potential future opportunities to preserve green places in the watersheds. As part of the planning efforts, results of a recent review of local ordinances and codes also will be presented at the meeting for discussion.

Communities within the watersheds include Oakwood Hills, Prairie Grove, and portions of Bull Valley, Cary, Crystal Lake, McHenry, and nearby areas of unincorporated McHenry County. The watersheds lie within Nunda and Algonquin townships.

Planning meetings are being coordinated by The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

Community members who live, work, or play in these watersheds are invited to attend and participate. Additional meetings will be held in the watersheds through the end of the year.

For information, visit http://foxriverecosystem.org/planning.htm, send an e-mail to watershedinfo@mcdefenders.net or call the Defenders office at 815-338-0393.

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