We work with these groups...and more!
Creek Watershed Project, Ltd.
Concerned stakeholders formed the Indian Creek Watershed Project,
Ltd. in July of 2000 to oversee IEPA Section 319 Clean Water Act
Grants received in 2001 and to promote education and begin watershed
planning. Board and other members were involved in watershed meetings,
planning and as volunteers on various projects. The ICWP citizens
played an important role in the development of a stakeholder committee
for creating goals and objectives for the Indian Creek watershed
plan and to guide the ICWP.
Creek Watershed Committee (ICWC)
Download Jurisdictional Map for Indian Creek Villages and Townships
The Indian Creek Watershed Committee is a group of concerned watershed
residents and stakeholders dedicated to the preservation, protection,
and improvement of the Indian Creek Watershed. The committee formed
to provide stakeholder input for the Indian Creek planning process
led by the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission under
an IEPA Section 319 Clean Water Act. The plan has been completed
and is due to be adopted by Lake County in fall of 2008. The ICWC played
an important role in plan implementation throughout the watershed.
ICWP partnered with Shedd Aquarium’s teacher training program in July 2006. The teachers learned about watersheds and the benefits of native plants while helping Sylvan Lake restabilize a parkside slope.
Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
of Water Resources (OWR)
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Water Resources
(OWR) is the state's lead agency on regulating floodplain development
and structural flood control and flood mitigation. Three divisions
within the OWR provide assistance in local floodplain regulation
and flood mitigation efforts.
of Realty and Environmental Planning (OREP)
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Realty
and Environmental Planning (OREP) is responsible for natural resource
and outdoor recreation planning.
The Division of Natural Resource Review and Coordination administers the Illinois Endangered Species and Illinois Natural
Areas Preservation Acts. These Acts require local units of government
(municipalities and counties) to participate in a consultation
process with OREP prior to approving, funding or performing activities
that will disturb water, land or air (development). The Division
will issue a biological opinion if threatened or endangered species
or Illinois natural area sites are impacted by development.
• Conservation 2000 Ecosystems
Program. IDNR provides technical assistance and
funding through a grant program to established partnerships. The
Indian Creek Watershed is a subwatershed of the Des Plaines River,
and is part of the Upper Des Plaines River Ecosystem Partnerships.
Illinois EcoWatch Network
This program utilizes trained volunteers to monitor ecosystems
and natural areas throughout the state of Illinois. Through partnerships
with environmental organizations and various C2000 Program Ecosystems
Partnerships, Ecowatch volunteers collect data in river, stream,
forest, prairie, and wetland ecosystems and analyze data to assess
ecological management techniques. Indian Creek collects data from
at least four stream locations under the Riverwatch program.
• Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
The Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act (525 ILCS 30) governs
the Commission today and charges the INPC to preserve, protect
and defend natural areas and endangered species habitat for the
benefit of the public. When land is dedicated as a nature preserve,
it is protected forever for future generations to enjoy and learn
from. Illinois Beach, in Lake County, became the first nature
preserve in 1964
since then, the INPc has helped protect
some of Illinois' most rare and valuable habitat throughout 71,700
acres of private and public land in 93 of Illinois' 102 counties.
ICWP has worked with the INPC staff, Steve Byers, Kelly Neal and
Loretta Aurient at Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve.
Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has been delegated
authority by the federal government (under the Clean Water Act)
to monitor and initiate programs and practices that protect the
chemical, biological, and physical condition of the state's water
resources. With this authority IEPA regulates point and nonpoint
source pollutant discharges into the state's waters through both
regulatory (permit & monitoring requirements) and non-regulatory
programs. National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
Phase I and II permits regulate wastewater and stormwater runoff,
thereby reducing pollutants to our nation's waters.
• The Chicago Wilderness coalition's
Chicago Region Biodiversity Council
The ICWP recently joined the Chicago Region Biodiversity
Council coalition of Chicago Wilderness. CW is a partnership
of more than 170 public and private organizations that have joined
forces to protect, restore and manage the region's natural lands
and the plants and animals that inhabit them. The member organizations,
and the thousands of volunteers who work with them, are pooling
their resources and expertise to study, protect, manage and restore
our rich natural heritage. The consortium's mission is to restore
the region's natural communities to long term viability, enrich
local residents' quality of life, and contribute to the preservation
of global biodiversity.
The Lake County Board and a number of county departments and agencies
are key stakeholders in the Indian Creek Watershed. The county
has the same role and responsibility as municipalities for land
use planning, development, natural resource protection and drainage
system maintenance in the unincorporated areas of the watershed.
The County also maintains separate public works and transportation
departments to install and maintain sewer systems, county roads
The Lake County Board (CB) is composed of 23 board
members. The County Board has decision-making authority for county
policies and ordinances (including the Watershed Development Ordinance
(WDO) and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)). Board members
Diana O'Kelly, Carol Calabresa, Pam Newton, Michael Talbett, Suzi
Schmidt, Ann Maine and Sandy Cole have all supported efforts in
The Lake County Department
of Transportation (LCDOT) is responsible for all
county roads, bridges, road culverts, and drainage in the road
right-of-way. LCDOT and Marty Buehler helped the ICWP to develop
and place signs for the Indian Creek Watershed. Laura Lensi has
worked with ICWP to promote Lake County Adopt-A-Highway.
The Lake County Health Department
Lake Management Unit (LMU) is active in collecting
lake data for 15 lakes in the Indian Creek Watershed. These studies
are completed to assess the shoreline, water quality, vegetation,
and available wildlife habitat. Mark Pfister, Chris Brant and
Mary Colwell have supported the ICWP with meetings and as resource
The Lake County Soil and Water
Conservation District (SWCD) provides Natural Resource
Inventories (NRIs) and technical assistance to communities within
the District's boundaries. Lake County residents benefit from
SWCD assistance through their cooperative work with other agencies
and one-on-one assistance.
The Lake County Stormwater
Management Commission (LCSMC), composed of 6 county
board members and 6 municipal mayors or village presidents, was
formed in 1990 to address stormwater management issues on a watershed
basis throughout the county. LCSMC performs planning, regulatory
and advisory functions for the County of Lake and its 52 municipalities.
LCSMC staff administers the countywide Watershed Development Ordinance
(WDO) through a permitting program, provides consultant services
for stormwater best management practices to communities and citizens,
develops watershed plans for the county's 26 subwatersheds, and
coordinates multi-jurisdictional stormwater management projects.
LCSMC has played a vital role in initiating development of the
Indian Creek Watershed Plan by contributing a 60% match to the
IEPA Section 319 Grant funds, developing a team to complete the
watershed study, and assisting stakeholders and project team members
in defining project goals. Key staff supporters to ICWP projects
have been Ward Miller, Sean Wiedel, Tony Wolff, Mike Werner, Perry
Danler, Susan Vancil, Patty Werner and Jeff Laramy.
Municipalities have a principal role in watershed management.
They have primary responsibility for land use and development
decisions within their jurisdiction. Municipalities use comprehensive
land use planning and zoning, subdivision, erosion control, stormwater,
natural resource protection and landscaping ordinances to govern
where and how development will occur in their jurisdictions. The
following municipalities are located in the Indian Creek Watershed:
Buffalo Grove, Hawthorn Woods, Indian Creek, Lake Zurich, Libertyville,
Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Kildeer, Mundelein, and Vernon Hills.
ICWP has worked on projects with the Villages of Vernon Hills
and Lincolnshire and hopes to work with others.
Northeastern Illinois Plan Commission
The Northeastern Illinois Plan Commission has developed model
ordinances on stormwater management, soil erosion and sediment
control, streams and wetlands, and floodplains for local governments
to use in developing regulatory programs. NIPC provides technical
assistance and training opportunities to local governments to
improve watershed management activities -including watershed planning
and stormwater management. NIPC assisted the ICWP in a supervisory
capacity during ICWP's 319 Grant. Jason Navota was the helpful
project adminsitrator during that project.
Many of the municipalities in the Indian Creek Watershed each
have their own park district or parks and recreation department
to maintain open space. Park districts generally work closely
with their affiliated municipal government in park planning and
acquisition. The Indian Creek Watershed Project would like to
develop projects with their area park districts. They have worked
with the Long Grove Park District and explored projects with the
park districts of Vernon Hills and Mundelein.
Most land within Libertyville and Vernon townships has been annexed
and incorporated, leaving municipalities with the role of watershed
management. Most unincorporated land is within Ela and Fremont
Townships; these townships will play a small role in watershed
management. The ICWP has worked with Fremont Township Highway
Department and would like to develop projects with other townships.
Des Plaines River Ecosystem Partnerships (UDPREP)
Ecosystem partnerships have been through funding by the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources Ecosystems Program of Conservation
2000. UDPREP helps to promote education and grant projects for
the Upper Des Plaines subwatersheds. The Indian Creek Watershed
has been an active supporter of the Upper Des Plaines River Ecosystem
Partnership. Coordinators Alison Cook and Ingrid West (former)
have been key supporters of efforts in the Indian Creek Watershed.
• US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
The USACE is the most significant regulatory influence on wetland
protection in the watershed through Section 404 (of the Clean
Water Act) permit requirements for wetland alterations. The success
of a watershed policy of no-net-loss of wetlands will depend largely
on the Corps regulatory practices and mitigation requirements.
The Chicago District of the USACE is in charge of watershed permitting
in Indian Creek and has conducted stream surveys and other studies
in the Indian Creek watershed.
• US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), like the NRCS, provides
many technical assistance services to watershed organizations
and communities. USFWS also has several grant and cost-share programs
that fund wetland and aquatic habitat restoration.
• USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS - formerly Soil Conservation Service)
The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) offers significant
technical expertise in soil erosion/sediment control, wetland
restoration and community planning. NRCS has been a key partner
in many Lake County watershed projects and helped the Indian Creek
stakeholders begin initial planning in the watershed. The ICWP
has enjoyed working with Dave Brandt and David Misek.
Sylvan Lake Homeowners - Sylvan Lake residents
claim the first man-made lake in the Indian Creek Watershed. This
neighborhood has been actively working on a variety of projects
to clean up the Sylvan watershed, improve the lake and stabilize
its banks and tributaries. They have been very supportive of our
efforts, especially Jeri Swanson, and Gen Connor, our website
Countryside Lake Association - Countryside Lake
is the largest lake in the Indian Creek Watershed. The CLA residents
are actively working to develop plans for ways to improve conditions
and bank conditions on the lake. Rosemary Aitken, avid ICWP supporter,
leads an active student watershed education committee.
who have helped us:
Integrated Lakes Management, in Gurnee Illinois, Jim and Pat Bland
and all the staff.
Witness Tree Native Landscapes in Dundee, Illinois. Mary Zaander,
June Keibler and the staff.
Applied Ecological Services in West Dundee, Illinois. Mark O'Leary,
Steve Zimmerman, Iva McRoberts, Matt Stone and staff.
Michael Silver and Company, Certified Public Accountants, in Skokie,
Illinois especially Larry Isaacson, Harvey Fayer, and Susan Waterloo.
Strauss and Malk Attorneys at Law in Northbrook, Illinois especially
Benton Strauss and H. Jay Glaubinger.
and some text adapted from the Indian Creek Watershed Plan, 2004/Prioritized
Action Plan Chapter Written by Contractors- Applied Ecological
Services and Futurity, Inc. and Funded by LCSMC under an IEPA