Wetland Restoration & Preservation Plan
The Lake County Wetland Restoration and Preservation Plan ("WRAPP") will identify and assess the functional significance of existing, historic, and potentially restorable wetlands in Lake County, Illinois. The WRAPP report and interactive online planning tool will include data available to the development, environmental, and government sectors and the general public as well.
This information can be used to guide planning decisions throughout the County and provide a basis for prioritizing wetland restoration and preservation efforts based on specific "wetland functions" (e.g., flood protection, water quality, wildlife habitat, etc.). Preserving existing wetland functions will help retain many important green infrastructure benefits.
The WRAPP is funded through a USEPA Region 5 Wetlands Program Development Grant. Project updates will be posted.
The current Lake County Wetland Inventory (LCWI) map will be refined to reflect changes that have occurred since the last LCWI update. SMC staff will classify wetlands based on the Landscape, Landform, Waterbody, and Water Flow Path (LLWW) hydrogeomorphic wetland classification scheme developed by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. This classification will be the foundation for the assessment of wetland function and provide a basis for comparison of wetlands across the County.
A Technical Advisory Group will convene to determine the functions (services) Lake County wetlands provide and the degree to which each function is performed, relative to other wetlands in the County.
- Floodwater storage
- Surface water quality improvement
- Groundwater recharge
- Aquatic and wildlife habitat
- Recreational and aesthetic benefits for communities
Field verification of the functional assessment data will be conducted at several wetlands to confirm and calibrate the functional assessment methodology. The TAG will assist in developing the methods for the field verification.
Summary Report & Online Planning Tool
The information will identify opportunities for preserving, restoring and enhancing wetlands to maintain and increase wetland function. Both products will be available to the development, environmental and government sectors, and the general public.
For information about the WRAPP process, contact Mike Prusila, 847-377-7713.
|TAG Members|| Jurisdiction
|Jim Anderson||Lake County Forest Preserves|
|Leslie Berns||Lake County Forest Preserves|
|Dan Krill||Lake County PB&D|
|Mike Murphy||US Army Corps of Engineers|
|Rich Knodel||Lake County GIS|
|Mike Adam||Lake County Health Department|
|Vince Mosca||Hey and Associates|
|Darren Olson||Christopher B. Burke Engineering|
|Tom Ganfield||Baxter and Woodman|