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

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Upcoming Meetings, Events and Funding Opportunities

Next FC/SC WP Meeting on ZOOM: March 24; Program on Lake Monitoring and Analysis

Save the Date:
March 24, 10 AM via Zoom. 

We are delighted to announce that our next FC/SCWP meeting will feature Alana Bartoli, of the Lake County Lake Health Department.  That department monitors major lakes in the county for their environmental health.  Their reports are posted HERE

Alana will walk us through the lake county monitoring process, why they measure what they do, and how they assess what’s happening in the lakes, and ways that lake owners and users can understand and use this information to improve their lakes. 

Signup for our newsletter at the top of this page which will publish the ZOOM link.

Sept. and Nov. FC/SCWP Meeting Recordings Available

The September FC/SCWP meeting, featuring Michele Zimmerman, Algonquin Assistant Public Works Director, shared their approach to stormwater management and green infrastructure, including funding resources and ordinances.  The presentation recording is available HERE, and the Passcode is K7ZHa&?m.

November’s meeting recording, featuring the Fox River Study Group and some of the work and initiatives they are exploring, is available HERE   The passcode is GG$7WP#3

Due to COVID-19 Conditions, BACOG's Annual Level 1 Private Well Water Testing Event Postponed Until May 25, 2021 (tentatively)

If a resident would like to test their well water before the end of this year, there are options! Residents can test their well water for bacteria and nitrates directly through the following public health departments:
Cook County Public Health (847) 818-2847
(bacteria testing only)
Lake County Health Department (847) 377-8020
(bacteria and nitrates testing)
To obtain a water testing kit from the Lake County Health Department, stop by their office in Libertyville or pick one up at one of the following BACOG participating locations:
Village of Barrington Hills (847) 551-3000
Village of Deer Park (847) 726-1648
Village of Lake Barrington (847) 681-6010

The tentative plan is for a drive thru at Citizens Park, Barrington.  More details soon!

BACOG WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kimberly B. Saunders is BACOG’s new Executive Director.  A resident of Tower Lakes, Kimberly previously worked for the Illinois Governor in economic development and infrastructure policy and with the Chicago Transit Authority. She has spent 10 years as a regulatory attorney, and is currently on the Tower Lakes Plan Commission.

GRANTS and Funding Opportunities $$$

MWRD’s Voluntary Flood-Prone Property Acquisition Program and MWRD’s Stormwater Management Program
Call for Projects!  MWRD is currently accepting project applications until March 12, 2021.
To learn more, click on the following links:

Stormwater Partnership Program

Flood-Prone Property Acquisition Program

March 18!  Illinois Lakes Management Association Meeting!    6PM to 8PM.  There will be a Speaker Format followed by ILMA Annual Membership Meeting.  Mark your calendars and RENEW your membership HERE

Upcoming CFC Winter Community Education Programs

March 13:  STORMWATER MANAGEMENT SUCCESS
Led by Andy Hay, Project Manager for Tower Lakes, sharing their success in reducing pollution from reaching community Lakes and reducing the volume of stormwater entering neighborhoods.  Hear how Tower Lakes embraced raingardens and bioswales!  Register HERE

SAVE THE DATE: Fox River Summit March 11, 2021

Registration is now open for the 2021 Fox River Summit. This year’s summit wil be held on Thursday, March 11 in conjunction with Wisconsin Water Week.  Register just for the Thursday sessions or for multiple days!  Check out the programming HERE.

SAVE THE DATES: Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT) has the following activities scheduled:

Feb. 28:  Work Day At Far Field  LINK

April 8:  Go Native In Your Yard (ZOOM presentation) LINK

April 22:  Earth Day at Pederson Preserve

May 22: Mondshine Preserve Tour

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

Library Volunteer Connection

The Barrington Volunteer Connection (BAVC) is a space for volunteers to connect with non-profits that benefit the community. Recently launched, BAVC is a partnership between the Barrington Area Development Council and the Barrington Area Library.  BAVC’s goal is to bring all 100+ Barrington area nonprofits, churches and service organizations in one searchable database so that volunteers can find matches!  Check it out!

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.

GREAT NEWS!

We are introducing our (Partnership effort among FC/SC WP, BACT and CFC) brochure on stream and lake buffers from the Saving Our Waters, Yard by Yard Project underwritten by the Barrington Area Community Foundation.  Click HERE to download (4 pages).

Native planting Stream Buffer View

Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership Members

Associate Members of the Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership