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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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.

Upcoming Meetings, Events and Position Opportunities

Next FC/SC WP Meeting on ZOOM: NOV. 17 10:30 am Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure encompasses a wide array of practices to improve the diversity, function, and resiliency of natural areas, large and small.  Green infrastructure promotes healthy air, water and soils, and recreational opportunities.  Join us to discuss recent successes, best practices, and opportunities to build our local green infrastructure.  

Jeff Weiss, coordinator, Flint Creek Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership

Jeff recently joined the partnership as coordinator.  He has a M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and is retired from the faculty of CLC, Oakton Community College and The Morton Arboretum, where he taught ecological restoration and horticulture.  Jeff is founder of the Buffalo Creek Clean Water Partnership and the Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team, and steward at Buffalo Grove Prairie.

Kevin Scheiwiller is Restoration Program Manager for Citizens for Conservation

Kevin is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of ecological restoration and natural area management plans on lands owned by CFC.  Kevin is well known in the Chicago regional conservation community and a familiar face at CFC workday events. Kevin also collaborates with Site Stewards, Forest Preserves of Cook County staff, and others in the creation of restoration management plans as well as training volunteers and supervising interns.  He holds a degree in Environmental Science and was a research follow at Loyola University.  While at Loyola, Kevin interned with Jeff at Emily Oaks Nature Center.

 

Jeff Weiss is an approved merit badge counselor for the BSA Environmental Science and Soil and Water Conservation merit badges, and has current BSA Youth Protection and First Aid/CPR certification.  If you are a parent or a leader who knows a scout who might be interested, please have him or her contact Jeff at jeff@flintcreeksprin-gcreekwatersheds.org  Please make sure to have scouts cc: their leaders on all email correspondence

LINKS to Previous FC/SCWP Programs

FC/SCWP COORDINATOR is an Approved Merit Badge Counselor for BSA

SEPT. ’20: FC/SC WP meeting with Michele Zimmerman, LINK HERE

NOV., ’20: FC/SC WP meeting with Fox River Study Group LINK HERE.

JAN.,’21: FC/SC WP meeting with Conservation Foundation LINK HERE.

MARCH, ’21 FC/SC WP meeting with Alana Bartolai,  LINK HERE

MAY 26, ’21 FC/SC WP meeting with Keith Gray, LINK HERE

JULY 28, ’21 FC/SC WP meeting with Amy Gahala of the USGS, speaking on Emerging Contaminants of Concern.  LINK HERE

SEPT. 22, 2021 FC/SC WP meeting with James Duncker of the USGS, speaking on Study Plans for the Illinois River Basin Watershed.  LINK HERE

Problems with Beaver? or other Wildlife?

It’s Spring!  Critters abound!  If you need help with wildlife, or find something that has been injured, check out the Wildlife Illinois website.  They have listings of resources, including licensed Wildlife Control Operators for both birds and mammals covered by the Wildlife Code in Illinois.

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

October 3 at Noon ’til 3 PM: OAKtober Fest

Local Styrofoam Collection Program Available!

This program is open to the PUBLIC and we encourage you to visit!  The site is open on Tuesdays from 12 PM to 2 PM AND on Fridays from 9 am to 11 am.

Please bring CLEAN and DRY items – a quick rinse with soapy water to remove food and grease will work.

No commercial disposal allowed.

Drop-off container is behind the American Legion Building, 51 Lions Drive, Lake Zurich.

See the Brochure HERE.

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!

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