The primary role of the Watershed Management Board (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 WMB members 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). 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.