Planning and Development - Division of Water Resources

Water Resources Division

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faucet with water dripThis Division is responsible for stormwater management and planning for the protection and sustainable use of the County's water supply. McHenry County is dependent on groundwater for 100% of its potable water, including all private and public water supplies.

This Division responds to concerns regarding site grading, flooding, drainage, and wetlands. Division staff assists property owners in obtaining stormwater management permits and reviews building permits for compliance with stormwater regulations.

Division staff also serves as the liaison to the Stormwater Management Commission, the Stormwater Technical Advisory Committee and the Groundwater Taskforce.  


McHenry County Wetland Restoration Fund Grant Application Period Open

The McHenry County Wetland Restoration Fund grant cycle is now open.  The call for projects includes is for projects in the Fox River Watershed only.  This includes the Upper Fox River, Lower Fox River, East Nippersink Creek and West Nippersink Creek sub-watersheds.   Fund applications will be accepted until December 3, 2018.  Click here for a copy of the application packet


Certified Community Enforcement Officer Training 

The Water Resources Division will be hosting the annual Enforcement Officer Training for Certified Communities on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the County Administration Building (Conference Rooms B & C, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock).  Representatives from non-certified communities and others that are interested are more than welcome to attend the training. 

The presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Community recertification & annual reporting – presented by P&D;
  • Permitting requirements for dredging and maintenance projects – co-presented by P&D, USACE & IDNR;
  • 2015 Clean Water Rule and the effects on wetland jurisdiction – presented by the USACE; and
  • Revised National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements – presented by the IEPA

Please note, Enforcement Officers for the county’s Certified Communities are required to attend.  To RSVP, please e-mail Joanna Colletti at by Friday, November 23rd.


 Water Resources of McHenry County Presentation

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