Planning and Development - Division of Water Resources

Water Resources Action Plan - Update

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Water Is Necessary for Life, Health, and Economic Opportunity

McHenry County residents are fortunate to have ample water resources including groundwater aquifers and aquatic habitats.  However, these water resources are vulnerable and need to be protected or restored so they may continue providing the benefits that we depend on.

You can be part of the solution by joining the Water Resources Action Plan (WRAP) Task Force that will be updating the county’s existing plan with the most current data and management strategies.  The Task Force meetings are open to anyone with an interest in protecting water resources.  Municipalities can also get credit for their NPDES MS4 Permits through participation in the Task Force.

The updated WRAP will be a comprehensive guide designed to educate decision-makers from the county, municipalities, businesses and individuals about water resources, the potential threats to those resources, and Best Management Practices that can help protect or restore them.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field and to help shape the future of water resource planning and protection in McHenry County. 

If you have not been able to attend a meeting yet, you are still welcome to attend any of the upcoming Task Force meetings.  Check below for meeting dates, topics and speakers.

We look forward to seeing you there!!!


Meeting Dates, Topics, And Speakers

All meetings will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

McHenry County Administration Building
Conference Room A
667 Ware Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

Meeting 1 - April 10, 2019: Hydrogeology/Natural Resources
Meeting 2 - May 8, 2019: Hydrogeology, Water Quantity/Quality, Chloride Remediation
Meeting 4 - July 10, 2019: Water Pollution/Treatment
Meeting 6 - September 11, 2019: ANNUAL WATER FORUM (Flooding)
Meeting 12 - March 11, 2020: Draft WRAP Review


Draft WRAP Sections for Review

The WRAP is in the process of being written.  As draft sections of the WRAP are completed, PDF copies will be posted on the WRAP website for public review and comment.  Individuals are welcome to submit suggested edits, recommendations, comments or questions by email to [email protected]

Please indicate the Section(s) being discussed in the comment line of your email.  The submitted information will be discussed at the last three meetings and applied as appropriate to the final WRAP document. 

The highlighted items in the outline below identify which sections are available for review.  The draft sections can be opened by clicking on the highlighted item.



  • Discussion of WRAP (purpose, history, goals)

  • McHenry County (general overview of demographics, land cover, climate, environment)

  • Land Uses (general overview of residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, natural areas)



  • General Hydrology

  • General Water Resources

  • McHenry County Surface Water (lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, watersheds, floodplain)

  • McHenry County Ground Water (sand/gravel, shallow bedrock, deep bedrock, Class III recharge)





  • Residential/Small Business Development (smart growth, conservation design, stormwater BMPs, natural landscaping and management, pollution prevention, coal tar sealants)

  • Industrial Development (industrial stormwater BMPs, green infrastructure, gravel pits, salvage/scrap yards)

  • Transportation (green infrastructure/low impact development, complete streets, native planting in ROW, invasive species, street sweeping, catch basin cleaning, sensible salting)

  • Agriculture (soil stabilization, nutrient loss reduction, irrigation, infiltration, regenerative ag)

  • Open Space (natural resources, parks, greenways and trails, recreation, tourism)

  • Golf Courses 


 MISCELLANEOUS (fly dumping, abandoned landfills, improperly abandoned wells)



Reference Documents


For more Information Contact

Scott Kuykendall, Water Resources Specialist at 815-334-2863 [email protected]

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