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Planning and Development - Division of Water Resources

Water Forum

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The McHenry County Water Forum is an annual event that provides opportunities for residents, businesses and elected officials to learn what makes the regions water supplies unique and what we can do to ensure that clean and sustainable water resources are available into the future.  This free, catered program is held every fall at the McHenry County College and features presentations by scientists, planners, and engineers who specialize in water resources.  By the end of the program, attendees have a more solid understanding about water resources in McHenry County and are better informed to make decisions affecting the water supplies we all depend on.


2019 Water Forum

The volume and intensity of rainfall is increasing, raising the potential of flooding for our homes and communities.  This year's Water Forum features an incredible line up of speakers to help you understand more about flooding in McHenry County, what to expect in the future, and how you and municipalities can adapt.


2018 Groundwater Field Trip and Water Forum

Groundwater Field Trip: This was a scenic road trip across the entire county led by Dr. Jason Thomason, a noted geologist from the Illinois State Geological Survey, who provided a first-hand view of how geologic events of the past shape our land and water today. The trip highlighted geologic features that shape our landscape and helped participants understand the landforms that make McHenry County a special place.  Dr. Thomason is an amazing scientist and educator who has worked extensively across the county.  We are grateful to Dr. Thomason, and the Illinois State Geological Survey for sharing their valuable time with us.

Water Forum: This FREE program began with delicious food served by Duke’s Ale House and Kitchen and opportunities to speak with the events sponsors that included water resource professionals, engineers, well-drillers, planners and conservationists. The Water Forum’s main event featured informative presentations by scientists, planners and engineers who specialize in water resources. 


2017 Water Forum