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

FC/SCWP SEEKS NEW COORDINATOR

   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: May 26; Aquatic Plant and Algae Control Options in Man-Made Ponds and Small Lakes with Keith Gray of ILM

Most ponds are collection points for sediment and nutrients leading to conditions that increasingly support nuisance aquatic plant and/or algae growth. Decomposing yard waste, fertilizers, erosion, and animal waste (goose droppings) accelerate the degradation of water bodies. There are hundreds of species of algae and new aquatic invaders to be aware of. Proactive and reactive approaches to their control will be reviewed. The causes of unwanted vegetative growth as well as the pros and cons of logical options to prevent or control its growth will be reviewed in non-scientific terms.

Keith Gray – President, Integrated Lakes Management, Inc.

To register, click HERE.

BACOG's Annual Level 1 Private Well Testing Event: May 25, 2021

If a BACOG community resident would like to test their well water before the end of this year, SAVE the date of May 25.

The  plan is for a drive thru at Citizens Park, Barrington.  There will also be a pharmaceutical drop off with the Lake Co. Sheriff’s department.

More details soon!

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.

FC/SC WP OFFERS Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program Training

A collaboration of Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership, Lake County Ecological Services Unit’s Alana Bartolai and some gracious Fox Point hosts are offering a site for training sessions for monitoring the health of your lakes and large ponds in late May and early June.   Secchi disks and limited testing is underwritten by a Barrington Area Community Foundation grant.  Each participant/team will receive a Secchi disk and tape measure line. Training is free as is the Secchi Disk and measuring line.

If you are on a lake or have a lake you’re concerned about, AND have access to a boat of some kind and are willing to take monthly readings (e.g. May to Sept) so you could monitor THAT lake, this program is for you!

Join us for a 2-hour training:  an introduction to the Volunteer Lake Management Program, how to use a Secchi disk to assess water clarity patterns, and how to grab water for further testing.  Two sessions will be offered: Wednesday, May 28 from 5 to 7 PM and Saturday, June 5, from 2 to 4 PM.

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:

April 22:  Earth Day at Pederson Preserve

May 22: Mondshine Preserve Tour

LINKS to Previous FC/SCWP Programs

SEPT. ’20: FC/SC WP meeting with Michele Zimmerman, Here SOON

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

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