Watershed Management Board (WMB)

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

Watershed Contact/Email Phone Number
Des Plaines River Jacob Jozefowski 847-377-7702
Lake Michigan Kelcey Traynoff 847-377-7711
North Branch of the Chicago River [email protected] 847-377-7700
Fox River Michelle Pope 847-377-7730

The Annual WMB Board Meeting will be held in person on

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Central Permit Facility (CPF) 
2nd Floor Conference Room
500 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL 60048

FY23 WMB Annual Meeting Packet (PDF)

A virtual attendance option is available for public participation. Click here to register for the online meeting option. Please note, all Board Members should attend in-person to vote.

About the Watershed Management Board (WMB)

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

The WMB cost-share grant program is available to the public to help fund drainage improvement and flood reduction projects. Submitted projects 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). Please note, projects for individual maintenance needs are not eligible for WMB funding.  

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 via the Inflow portal by the deadline established in the Request-for-Proposal Packet, 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. Projects in Environmental Justice areas may be allowed a reduced cost-share amount as a project-specific determination.

3. Project scoring, ranking, and preliminary SMC staff recommendations to the WMB membership are made per watershed, and projects must have a minimum score of 210 for SMC staff to recommend funding.

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 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. A sum of $12,000 is set aside for WMAG applications, with no cost-share requirement.

WMB/WMAG Grant Request Process

1. Applicant completes the Watershed Management Board and Watershed Management Assistance Grant Request Form and provides the required attachments.

2. All funding requests are submitted via the SMC Inflow portal by the deadline established in the Request-for-Proposal Packet.

3. SMC staff review the application considering watershed fund availability, staff capacity, and grant compliance and prioritization criteria. After consulting with the applicant for any additional information, SMC staff develop a written staff recommendation for the annual WMB meeting.

4. SMC staff present the grant request, staff recommendation, and rationale to the WMB. The applicant may expand on this presentation. There is a public comment, question and answer, and discussion period, after which the WMB members vote on the SMC staff recommendations.

5. The WMB members’ recommendations are presented to the SMC in the January meeting. There is a public comment, question and answer, and discussion period, after which the SMC members vote on the WMB members’ recommendations.

6. SMC staff prepare contracts/intergovernmental agreements with applicants awarded funding by the Commission.