Final watershed plan review, input session set for Tuesday

CRYSTAL LAKE – Community members in southeastern McHenry County are encouraged to attend a final public input meeting Dec. 20 to review a draft watershed action plan developed to help protect water quality and watershed health in the Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creek watersheds.

The plan is scheduled to be completed at the end of December, according to a news release from Lynn Rotunno, watershed coordinator with the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.

A watershed is an area of land that drains water into a common place such as a stream. Watershed planning is a voluntary, collaborative approach to protecting and improving water quality in lakes and streams, addressing groundwater protections, restoring healthy aquatic life, preventing community flooding, and other water resource concerns important to local communities.

A new community organization has formed to support implementation of the watershed action plan and continue watershed planning efforts beyond December, the press release said. The organization, called the Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition, includes representatives of local government, nonprofit organizations, businesses and community residents. If you are interested in learning more or participating in upcoming meetings, contact the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County at mcdef@owc.net or 815-338-0393.

The Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creek watersheds are located within Oakwood Hills, Prairie Grove, and portions of Bull Valley, Cary, Crystal Lake, and McHenry. The watersheds also include portions of unincorporated McHenry County within Nunda and Algonquin townships. 

This meeting is 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 in this local planning opportunity.

Community members that are not available to attend the meeting are encouraged to contact EDMC at watershedinfo@mcdefenders.net or 815-338-0393 to learn more and provide input. More information on this planning initiative also is available at http://foxriverecosystem.org/planning.htm.

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