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 Position Opportunities


   Would you like a part-time position (@ 40 hrs, per mo.) with an organization doing important work protecting our waters, and work with a great board?  Consider applying for the Coordinator position for our Watersheds.

  The Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watershed Partnership is looking for an organized, enthusiastic individual to implement and update the goals and objectives of the Watershed Plans.  The Watershed Coordinator will coordinate Partnership Meetings, and maintain the website.  Our ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills with experience in government or with non-profits. Program operations a plus.  Please download the position description HERE for more information and how to apply.  This position requires approximately 40 hours per month and occasional evening meetings.

Next FC/SC WP Meeting on ZOOM: July 28, 2021

Our next presenter is Amy Gahala, of the United States Geological Survey.  She will speak on “Emerging Contaminants of Concern”  both in ground waters and surface waters.

Amy recently spoke at the McHenry Water Forum, and has spoken at the Northwest Planning Association. 

Gahala is a hydrologist at Central Midwest Water Science Center at the DeKalb, Illinois office.

Click HERE to register.

Chicago Botanic Garden features Exhibit on Prairie Paintings by Philip Juras

Juras’s paintings are compellingly displayed at the Chicago Botanic Garden through September 12, 2021.

Currently, due to Covid, even if one is a Garden member, one cannot attend without pre-registering, so that crowds can be limited.  Return to normal opening is set for June 21.

One can find photos, video, and an interview of Philip Juras by Wendy Paulson HERE.

Lake County Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Now Open

Beginning April 5, Lake County renters who face financial hardship related to COVID-19 may apply for the new Lake County Federal Emergency Rental Assistance (FERA) Program, which provides help for individuals paying rent and/or utility bills.

Lake County is working with 15 community partners to help keep families in their homes.  Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of past due rent and up to 3 months assistance with future rent, but no more than 12 months of assistance total.  Program payments will be made directly to landlords and/or utility companies

HERE is the link to learn more about who is eligible and to link to the application.

Five Lakes Will Be Monitored By New Volunteers

Thanks to a collaboration of Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership, Lake County Ecological Services Unit’s Alana Bartolai and some gracious Fox Point hosts, five teams are now trained on using Secchi disks and conducting limited water quality testing.  The cost of the Secchi Disks and measuring lines and the testing is underwritten by a Barrington Area Community Foundation grant. 

LINKS to Previous FC/SCWP Programs

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

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:

Sunday, June 27 10 AM ’til Noon CDT:  Work Day at Pederson Preserve

August 28: 3 PM ’til 7 PM:  Tartans for the Trust

October 3 at Noon ’til 3 PM: OAKtober Fest

Friends of the Fox River hosts 2021 Canoe Raffle Fundraiser

Friends of the Fox River is raffling off this beautiful, lightly used, Old Town Camper 15′ canoe with 2 matching Bending Branches Beavertail paddles, and 2 matching LL Bean lifejackets.

This complete paddling package is perfect for paddling the Fox River and small lakes.

All proceeds from the raffle support our year round environmental education program for schools and the general public.

Raffle tickets are $10. On-line raffle ticket sales will end on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 5 p.m. For more information and tickets, click 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!

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.


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