Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership

Our Mission is to educate citizens while building partnerships for projects to improve water quality, maintain water supply, preserve ecosystems and restore wetlands, prairies and other natural features for current and future generations

Upcoming Meetings and Events

WED., Sept 25, 10 AM FCSC WP Mtg. at Lake Barrington

This meeting will be primarily a business meeting for the FC/SC WP participants.  We will recap the year’s happenings, report on the status of a revised Quality Assessment Project Plan, update member with the status of the Partnership and discuss future operations and opportunities.  Please come with updates in your area, and suggestions for what you’d like to see the  Partnership address within its Watershed Plan.   We will also discuss future meeting topics, and suggestions are welcomed.  The meeting will be held at Lake Barrington Village Hall.

Requests for Watershed Management Board Funded Project Proposals

The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission is accepting requests for proposals for Watershed Management Board (WMB) funded projects for FY2020. Homeowner associations, water alliance groups, and community members can submit a project idea that can positively impact the community. The proposal submission deadline is at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct 4.  Additional Information here.

SAVE THE DATE! September 12! 8 AM until Noon on Drinking Water 1-2-3

Join the Barrington Area Council of Governments and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) presenting the MPC guide for local leaders to better understand and proactively address their area’s drinking water needs at Barrington Park District.

1.  Meet your water:  Understanding drinking water in NE IL: Sources, Treatment, Infrastructure

2. Your water’s keeper –  Utilities and Regulators:  Understanding drinking water management and laws

3.  Murky waters : Understanding drinking water challenges:  supply constraints, pollution, crumbling infrastructure, fragmented systems, climate change.

The cost to attend an event is $20. Discounts are available for attending multiple events, as well as for group registrations. Register here.  Breakfast and light refreshments will be provided during each event.

OpenLands' Fall Native Shrub and Tree Sale Pre-Order is Open Now! Deadline is 9/30

The fall Native Tree & Plant Sale is now open and you can shop online through September 30. We’ve hand picked a great selection of native species that will look gorgeous on your property while supporting local wildlife. This fall, you can save 10% on orders of $200 or more! Use code: SAVE10 at checkout.

Additonally, Openlands Members can save 10%  on their order with code NATIVE2019 at checkout.

CFC's Ignite the Night! Saturday, Sept. 14, 5 to 10 PM

Join Citizens for Conservation as they welcome autumn with a blazing bonfire under the full moon!

Live music, native birds of prey, narrated horse-drawn wagon rides, stargazing with astronomical telescopes, educational flashlight tours for kids!  Cookout from 5-8 PM!

Click here for additional information and to purchase tickets online!

BGI Events: Events are 9 to 11 AM Sat., Summer Hike at Penny Road Pond Sept. 22: Seed Collecting at CFC, 459 IL Rt 22 Oct. 13 Seed Collecting at CFC, 459 IL Rt. 22

Join a collaboration of conservation organizations each month for a “spotlight event” to showcase a new site or restoration activity.  All ages and levels of experience are welcomed.

For more information, call CFC at 847-382-7283

Annual McHenry Co. Water Forum, Wed. Sept. 11, 5:30 PM @ McHenry College

The Water Forum will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 11 at the McHenry County College auditorium in Crystal Lake.

The Water Forum is a free event that is open to the public.  There will be a free meal, followed by these speakers:  Paul Osman on Flooding in IL; Dr. Jim Angel on Precipitation Patterns; Joanna Colletti on Floodplains and Flooding in McHenry Co.; Paul Siegfried & Dan Bounds on Approaches to Local Flooding

Other Organizations: Ancient Oaks, Lake Zurich; Barrington Green Drinks; Go Green Barrington; Fox River Ecosystem Partnership; Friends of the Fox River

Barrington Green Drinks is hosting a meeting on Wed., Sept. 25 at McGonigals.  on the topic of “Sustainable Architecture.”  7 PM. All are welcomed.

On Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 PM at the Catlow Theater, 115 W. Main St., Barrington, Go Green Barrington invites you to a live performance by Joey FineRhyme, a Raptivist & Environmentalist.  The program is free, but registration is requested here.  The program is suitable for all ages.

Ancient Oaks Foundation

Go Green Barrington

Green Drinks Barrington

Fox River Ecosystem Partnership

Friends of the Fox River


Picture shows 5 interns walking in the river, assessing water quality

Know Your Watersheds

Go places only the locals know. Join the Barrington Greenway Initiative with the Citizens for Conservation! Join RiverWatch with Barrington Area Conservation Trust! Become a Volunteer Lake Monitor!

Explore and Restore

Go Birding with Citizens for Conservation and Audubon through some of the lovely prairies of the Watersheds. Pictured are two Bobolinks in the Spring Creek Forest Preserve.

Native plants in restored detention basin

Tax Dollars at Work

From shoreline restoration to flood mitigation to stream channel maintenance to wetland restoration to detention basin retrofits, governmental agencies are important partners in protecting water quality and watersheds.


A $5,000 grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation will allow three Barrington-area conservation organizations to collaborate on water-conservation activities and efforts, such as streamside planting at Flint Creek.

Conservation organizations awarded BACF grant to develop educational resources for water protection

BARRINGTON, IL – April 22, 2019 – Three Barrington area conservation organizations will collaborate to help Barrington-area residents protect local water sources, thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation.
   Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership (FC/SCWP), Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT) and Citizens for Conservation (CFC) will work together to create restoration demonstration areas, educational activities, native planting instructions, sample planting designs, online resources, and how-to libraries.
     Each organization will draw on its area of expertise for the initiative.  FC/SCWP will coordinate and lead efforts; BACT will develop the demonstration area along Flint Creek in Pederson Preserve in Barrington; and CFC will develop the schematic planting design, determine best native plants, and create homeowner designs.
     “The plan is to demonstrate attractive native plant arrangements – including sedges – for stream banks and lake shores, as folks don’t realize how much sediment, pesticides and herbicides wash off their lawns,” said Faye Sinnott, FC/SCWP’s coordinator. “Sedges can offer effective filtration and can be a subtle, strategic addition to lawns.”
     The three organizations will work together to assess their educational materials to determine what each group already has; they will then evaluate areas for improvement and create additional aids that will best help area residents with water-protection efforts.  Materials, including instructions, plant examples, graphic design documents, and supportive information, will become available on each organization’s websites.
     “We are extremely thankful to be working with CFC and FC/SCWP, who are sharing their expertise and assistance with this important project and which will benefit the entire community,” said BACT President Bryan Croll.
     “CFC is excited to be collaborating with FC/SCWP and BACT on this initiative, which is so important to Barrington’s water-quality conservation efforts,” added Kathleen Leitner, CFC president. “This is a unique step forward in helping our community advance its legacy of conservation engagement for the future decades.”

Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership Members

New Logo for Barrington Area Development Council

Associate Members of the Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership