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Pilot watershed projects complete action plans

The Campaign for Sensible Growth releases interim watershed plan reports for the Trim Creek and Greater Marengo-Union Area watersheds.

Interim watershed plan reports have been released for two pilot watershed projects being sponsored by the Metropolitan Planning Council, Campaign for Sensible Growth and Openlands. For each pilot watershed, the “Year One Report and Action Plan” identifies watershed problems and opportunities, interim watershed goals and objectives, and critical steps for the completion of watershed plans by August 2006. The watershed planning work is being carried out by the sponsoring organizations in collaboration with watershed steering committees representing the local and county governments in the two watershed planning areas. The watershed planning is being funded by the Joyce Foundation and the Lumpkin Family Foundation.

Both watershed planning areas are within the drainage basins of major high quality rivers where anticipated urban growth, if not properly managed, could pose serious flooding, water quality and water supply problems. The Trim Creek Watershed Planning Project addresses water management issues confronting Trim Creek itself and its receiving stream, the highly valued Kankakee River . Here the major participants in the project are the villages of Beecher and Grant Park, Will County, Kankakee County, and the Washington Township Drainage District.

The Greater Marengo-Union Area Watershed Planning Project operates in a four township area of southwest McHenry County . Participating in the project are the City of Marengo, the Village of Union , McHenry County and the township governments. These jurisdictions want to ensure that future urban development protects the Kishwaukee River and its tributaries. Stormwater management, water quality and aquatic habitat protection, as well as preservation of high quality groundwater, are key objectives for this watershed planning initiative.

The success of public workshops held in both watershed planning areas has demonstrated the keen interest of watershed residents, landowners, farmers, local governments and business. Workshop and steering committee discussions suggest that effective watershed management needs to occur via an integrated approach that involves conservation activities, high quality planning and design for new development, and improvement of water management in developed and farmed areas.

Both the Trim Creek Watershed Year One Report and Action Plan and Greater Marengo-Union Area Watershed Year One Report and Action Plan are available for download from.

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