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Des Plaines River Watershed
North Mill Creek/Dutch Gap Canal Subwatershed


Draft Watershed-Based Plan  

Please call if you have any questions. The SMC North Mill Creek planning team:

Forest Preserve District Planning in the Watershed

The Lake County Forest Preserve District is in the process of developing a master plan for several new forest preserves in the watershed.  (The District is the largest single landowner in the watershed.)  A description of the forest preserves and planning schedule copied from the Forest Preserve’s website is included below.  Within the description is a link to a quick online survey related to equestrian and multi-use trails.  You can also sign up for master plan updates. The link for the survey and master plan updates sign-up is included below, but if you can’t reach it from this email, you may go directly to the Forest Preserve website.  

Questions related to Forest Preserve master planning should be directed to Susan Hall.

About the Watershed Planning Process

North Mill Creek and a number of the lakes in the watershed have been identified as having impaired or poor water quality. In addition flood damage is a significant problem along the Des Plaines River downstream. A watershed plan will address these problems, as well as identify the high quality natural resources that need to be protected in the watershed as the land continues to develop. To do this, the watershed plan will identify practices, projects and programs that can be implemented by watershed residents, farmers, 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,
  • Identify desirable green infrastructure areas to maintain open space for flood damage prevention, water quality protection, recreation and education. 

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