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: January 27; Program TBA

Save the Date:
January 27, 10 AM via Zoom.  Please note that this is the last Wednesday in the month.

Topic TBA.

 

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 Spring 2021

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

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BACT Fall Work Days Scheduled

Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT) has several Work Days coming up at their Pedersen Preserve.  To register for December days and for more instructions, check the BACT website.

GRANTS and Funding Opportunities $$$

Five-Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grants
Funding Organization: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in cooperation with federal and private funding partners (see RFP for more info)
Funding Available: $1.5 Million Nationwide, awards range from $20,000-$50,000
Match Requirement: Minimum 1:1 ratio
Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes and educational institutions
Eligible Location(s) in Lake County: Countywide, but certain project categories may have geographic priorities
Application Closing Date: ​January 28, 2021, 10:59 p.m. Central Time

Link to Application

CFC and BGI Winter Work Days in High Gear!

Reserve your spot to participate in BGI/CFC’s volunteer work events.  Due to Covid, spots are limited.  Bring your own face mask, work gloves, tools, water, and snack. Email  Kevin to reserve a spot, or the CFC website for more details.  

CFC has released their schedule for the 2021 Community Education Programs.  Held on four Saturdays – one each in January, February, March and April, they are currently planned to be virtual, and held in collaboration with the Barrington Area Library.

Click HERE for more details and dates.

SAVE THE DATE: Fox River Summit March 11, 2021

The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership is working on putting together the Summit as part of the Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention.  It will be a full day event as in the past in-person versions, but virtual and embedded as a part of this week-long convention hosted by others with more online capacity.  Watch for details!

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