Projects to Improve Water Quality, Reduce Flooding

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Projects to Improve Water Quality, Reduce Flooding


Byline: Lake County Stormwater Management Commission submission Lake County Stormwater Management Commission submission

The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission board has approved $141,112 in annual cost-share grants to local governments, homeowner associations and watershed groups for 15 projects focused on improvements to natural and man-made stormwater systems to reduce flood damage and improve water quality, and for watershed planning.

The projects total value is estimated at more than $385,000.

Two stakeholder groups in southern Lake County received grants and will provide opportunities for property owners and others to get involved in their watershed. The Buffalo Creek Clean Watershed Partnership is developing a water quality monitoring program to target best stormwater management practices for long-term improvements to watershed wetlands, lakes, Buffalo Creek and the Des Plaines River.

The Partnership includes the municipalities of Buffalo Grove, Deer Park, Kildeer, Long Grove, and Lake Zurich in Lake County.

The Tower Lakes Drain Partnership is a new group working toward the development of a watershed management plan, stormwater improvement projects, and outreach activities. The Partnership includes Lake Barrington, Fox River Grove and Tower Lakes.

Following is a description of the projects and overall cost estimate:

* Buffalo Creek Clean Watershed Partnership (Des Plaines watershed): $20,000. Scope includes developing an efficient and coordinated water quality monitoring program that will provide the group with accurate and reliable water quality data. All water monitoring shall be supported by land owners and government jurisdictions through written authorization.

* Tower Lakes Drain Partnership (Fox River watershed): $10,000. Includes preparing regular meetings, workshops and seminars, newsletters, website content and social media content to support the growth and sustainability of the partnership, which is managed and coordinated by the Barrington Area Conservation Trust.

* Countryside Lake Association (Mundelein) Conservation Area Restoration: $13,400. Includes the restoration of a wetland complex that will include installation of native shrub and tree plantings, a controlled burn for the management of invasive species and trail improvements.

* Emerald Shores Homeowners Association (Lindenhurst), Crooked Lake shoreline restoration and erosion control improvements: $28,900. Includes erosion control measures, increasing natural vegetation and minimizing nuisance flooding within the subdivision through streambank stabilization and drain tile repairs.

* Loch Lomond Property Owners Association (Mundelein), Loch Lomond water quality improvements: $10,605. Includes design and construction of a rain garden on public property within Loch Lomond. The rain garden will be constructed to reduce localized road flooding and to improve water quality of stormwater runoff prior to reaching the lake.

* Summerfields Homeowners Association (Gurnee), invasive species removal: $8,895. …

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