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

FC/SCWP Mtg. Location TBA

Stay Tuned for future announcements.

Wild Ones: Tallamy Cancelled. Update Pending.

While we currently do not know the outlook of this event, it is a GREAT time to get Doug Tallamy’s newest book: Nature’s Best Hope.

BACT, CFC, FC/SCWP will have an "Day of Earth" Planting at Pederson Preserve, BUT the date will be in JUNE.

Stay tuned!  We will have about 3,000 rootings to plant.
Bring your own gloves!

March 26: Fox River Summit in Burlington, WI has been postponed at the present time.

Mark Your Calendars for the CFC Winter Education Series: April 18

All meetings are suspended for now.

Citizens for Conservation has CANCELLED its online and in-person Spring plant sale.

They MAY be posting information on nurseries that have native items.  Watch for Updates  available here.

Be WISE!  Self-quarantine!

(photo by Steve Barten)

BGI Events: Events are currently on hiatus.

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

Citizens for Conservation workdays are on hiatus.

For more information, call CFC at 847-382-7283.  Note:  the CFC building will be closed to all but staff, but folks can still call in.

IF Work Days are reinstated, BRING work gloves (due to Covid-19, CFC will not supply gloves), WEAR sturdy shoes and DRESS for the weather

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

Associate Members of the Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership