The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) will host an open house for residents to learn about the draft Mill Creek Watershed and Flood Mitigation Plan. Residents can view the plan and maps, meet with SMC staff, and ask questions and share comments from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at the University of Illinois Extension Service, 100 S. U.S. Highway 45, Grayslake. A presentation on the plan will begin at 4 p.m. and will be repeated at 5:15 p.m.
Mill Creek, part of the Des Plaines River watershed, includes the communities of Grandwood Park (unincorporated), Grayslake, Gurnee, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Old Mill Creek, Round Lake Beach, Third Lake, Wadsworth, and Wildwood (unincorporated).
The watershed plan addresses flooding problems, water quality in lakes and streams, and conservation of natural resources. The plan also provides guidance for residents and communities on best practices to improve current conditions and manage expected future changes to prevent problems from worsening in the watershed. Preventative practices include preserving and creating green infrastructure and using other sustainable practices to better manage stormwater and prevent flooding and pollution.
The watershed plan was completed with input and guidance from over 110 people representing local units of government, homeowner and lake associations, farmers, private consultants and residents.
Public comments are being accepted through March 14. Written comments can be sent to Andrea Cline, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, 500 W. Winchester Road, Suite 201, Libertyville, IL 60048; email email@example.com or call 847-377-7710.
You can view the plan online at: http://www.lakecountyil.gov/Stormwater/LakeCountyWatersheds/DesPlainesRiver/Pages/MillCreek.aspx
The plan was funded through a $250,000 Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity “IKE” Planning and Technical Assistance grant.