Watershed Management Board (WMB)

About the Watershed Management Board (WMB)

The primary role of the WMB is to oversee the allocation of SMC funding and SMC staff resource allocations for projects across the four watersheds of Lake County, Illinois.

The WMB cost-share grant program is available to the public to help fund drainage improvement and flood reduction projects. Projects submitted are assessed and prioritized based on nine benefit criteria (inter-jurisdictional , flood hazard reduction, structural damage, water quality, natural resources, nuisance flood reduction, multiple use, outside funding utilization, and phosphorous public education component). 

  1. WMB members and SMC staff may initiate requests for watershed funds or SMC staff resource allocations by completing the Watershed Resource Request Form. The completed form with supporting documents shall be submitted to the SMC Director by the deadline established in the Request-for-Proposal Packet, in order to be placed on the agenda for WMB consideration. All applications must be signed by a WMB member, as the project sponsor, as defined in the Request-for-Proposal packet.
  2. Sponsored applicants shall cost-share at least 50% with funds or in-kind services or a combination of both.

A portion of the annual WMB funds is allocated to the Watershed Management Assistance Grant (WMAG).

Watershed Management Assistance Grant (WMAG)

WMAG supports the growth and sustainability (i.e., organizational capacity) of local watershed partnerships in Lake County. For the purpose of this program, a "watershed partnership" is defined as an inclusive, enduring, diverse, community-based group organized to identify and resolve watershed problems and issues. The work carried out by each grant recipient will target and fulfill the above purpose. $12,000 is set aside for these applications with no cost-share requirement.

For more information on the WMB/WMAG program, please review the Request for Proposal (RFP) project criteria. 

FY20 WMB RFP packet.

For assistance with the WMB application process, please contact the appropriate SMC Watershed Representative.

Watershed Contact/Email Phone Number
Des Plaines River Watershed  Juli Crane 847-377-7708
Lake Michigan Watershed Kelcey Traynoff 847-377-7711
North Branch of the Chicago River Watershed Ashley Strelcheck 847-377-7710
Fox River Watershed  Michelle Pope 847-377-7730