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Watershed Statekholders Invited to Attend Workshop

Mon January 27, 2020

If you live or own land within the Lower Upper South Branch of the Kishwaukee River Watershed you are encouraged to attend a Watershed Goals Workshop which will be held on Wednesday February 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the DeKalb Park District's River Heights Golf Course Clubhouse located at 1020 Sharon Drive in DeKalb.

The Watershed Steering Committee which is made up of representatives of local government agencies, institutions and private landowners within this watershed are currently working on a watershed plan for the area. A watershed plan is a voluntary, community supported approach to protecting and improving water quality in streams, lakes, and wetlands, protecting groundwater resources, restoring habitat, reducing flood damage, providing recreational and educational opportunities, and improving quality of life for people.

The watershed planning process takes about 18 months to complete. Funding for this plan is through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 grant program. Local matching funds and in-kind contributions make up 40% of the grant allocation. A key to a successful plan is Stakeholder input, we need people that live within this watershed to share information and identify common water-related challenges says Dean Johnson, Watershed Coordinator with the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District. Watersheds are made up of people, plants and animals that live in rural and urban settings. Each one contributes to how that watershed functions understanding how to make it better is what we are trying to accomplish with this workshop and the planning process. If you are interested in attending this workshop please contact the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District at 815-756-3234 ext. 3 or email Dean Johnson at Dean.Johnson@il.nacdnet.net .