Promote a Sustainable Environment Progress
Preserve the health of our natural resources and our drinking water through the widespread use of sustainable and environmental management practices, effective storm water management and the enhancement and rehabilitation of lakes, wetlands and other fragile ecological systems.
Lake County has replaced about 3,300 new water automated water meters (out of 20,600), or about 16%. The new meters replace older, out of date units with new technology that will identify high water usage and potential leaks. New meter software will also provide customers online access to their usage information.
Engineering design on a water system that will bring Lake Michigan water to the newly established SSA 16 will continue through 2014, with construction expected in 2015 and potential water delivery in 2017. The participating communities include: Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, and the unincorporated areas of Grandwood Park and Fox Lake Hills. The taxes to pay for the first bond issuance (approximately $30 per year for a $200,000 property) appeared on property tax bills in spring 2014.
Des Plaines River Watershed Workgroup
The County is participating in the newly formed Des Plaines River Watershed Workgroup (DRWW), which consists of a diverse coalition of stakeholders that are committed to working together to improve water quality in the Des Plaines River and its tributaries in a cost effective manner in order to meet Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requirements. The DRWW is governed by bylaws, an elected executive board, and a voting, dues-paying membership.
In response to the Board sponsored new program request, the County hired a Sustainability Coordinator who is working with County departments and agencies in support of the County’s strategic plan which identifies Promoting Sustainability as a key value and strategic goal.
Construction and demolition debris recycling requirements have been integrated into the registration and project review and approval processes.
Through a technical services grant from CMAP and working with various stakeholders, staff drafted a new sustainability chapter for the Lake County Regional Framework Plan that will serve as a model for city and villages to follow. The Lake County Regional Planning Commission reviewed the document and offered recommendations. The public had an opportunity to provide input during the summer and the report will be reviewed and acted upon by the Planning, Building and Zoning Committee and County Board later this year.
The County Board approved text amendments to the Lake County Unified Development Ordinance, which included provisions to reduce barriers to local food production. Property owners must register with PBD to have beekeeping and raise hens on residential lots. The County worked with the Lake County Beekeepers Association to coordinate advertisement for a well-attended beekeeping workshop.