Des Plaines River Watershed
Mill Creek Subwatershed
Mill Creek watershed map
Watershed-Based and Flood Mitigation Plan
Join us and help create a vision and plan for future management of the watershed.
Open House on the Mill Creek Plan
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
4 - 6 p.m.
University of Illinois Extension Service
100 S. U.S. 45, Grayslake
View the plan and here a presentation about plan components at 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Public comments welcome.
Public Hearing and Comment Period on Draft Plan
Thursday, February 13, 2014
9 - 10 a.m.
Lake County Government Building
18 N. County Street, 10th FL Conference Room C
Waukegan, IL 60085
Public comments accepted through March 14, 2014. Submit written comments to:
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
500 W. Winchester Road, Suite 201
Libertyville, IL 60048
Draft Mill Creek Watershed and Flood Mitigation Plan
Navigable Action Plan Map
If you have Google Earth installed on your computer, you can download this file (Mill Creek BMP 2MB) (Right Click and Save As or Save Target As). After downloading, double click on the file and fly right to the Mill Creek watershed. From there, you can click on any of the icons, and a text box will pop up telling you some information about the proposed site specific action item at that location. The BMP Code corresponds with the same number in Chapter 6, the Action Plan of the watershed plan. The text box also has information about the action recommended, the priority, the timeframe, and sometimes the size. If you would like to download Google Earth go to: www.google.earth.todownload.com.
Next up, we have a web-based map: http://tinyurl.com/k5ct5kh. Click on the link or copy and paste into your internet browser. The web-based map ONLY works with Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer version 10. Other than that, it works very similar to the Google Earth version. Click on an icon to find out more.
Upcoming Planning Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Grayslake Area Public Library
100 Library Way
Why Study Mill Creek
The Mill Creek watershed is considered a planning priority due to flood problem areas including the 2008 flood event, impaired water quality in 10 of the 11 lakes within the watershed, and estimated population growth over the next 20 years may impact the watershed’s vast natural resources. A watershed and flood mitigation plan will address these problems and identify practices, projects and programs that can be implemented by watershed residents, businesses, and community stakeholders to:
- Prevent and reduce flood damage,
- Improve water quality in streams, lakes and wetlands,
- Protect and enhance the watershed’s natural resources, and
- Identify green infrastructure areas for flood damage prevention, water quality protection, and recreation and education benefits.
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As part of the watershed planning process, SMC is trying to identify those structures in the watershed that are at risk of flooding so that the watershed plan can recommend reasonable solutions to reduce flood damage.
Letter to residents (PDF format 50KB)
Flood questionnaire (fill-able PDF format 50KB)
If you own a property in the Mill Creek watershed, we are requesting that you provide us with information regarding the flood history of your property by way of the attached questionnaire. We would appreciate it if you would complete the questionnaire by either filling out the form electronically and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can choose to print and mail it to our office at 500 Winchester, Libertyville, IL 60048.
If you have not experienced flooding on your property, please let us know by answering questions 1 and 7-14 of the questionnaire. The collective information received from the questionnaires will be summarized (without any address specific data) in the flood damage section of the watershed assessment and action plan.
Completing the questionnaire and taking flood protection steps are voluntary. You are under no obligation to participate in this program. The requested information will help us develop a useful and cost-effective watershed improvement plan that properly addresses flood damage, and will help us provide you with flood damage reduction technical assistance if you so desire such assistance.
If you have any questions about the watershed plan or this questionnaire, feel free to call Andrea Cline of the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission at 847-377-7710 or email at email@example.com.