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. 

Join us for the Kick-Off Meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 to learn more about water in McHenry County and how your participation in the WRAP Task Force can make a difference. 

If you can’t attend the kick-off meeting, you are still invited to attend any of the other 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 Reources

 Agenda_WRAP April 10 2019 Meeting

Speaker Bios_WRAP April 10 2019 Mtg

Thomason Presentation_McHenry WRAP_April 10 2019 REDUCED

Collins Presentation_McHenry WRAP_April 1 2019 REDUCED

 Link to video of the April 10, 2019 WRAP Task Force meeting


Link to the McHenry County 3-Dimensional online mapping tool

Zoom in on the area of interest in the county.  You can click on any of the black lines to view an existing transect or you can create your own transect.  To create your own, click on the zig/zag line near the top left corner of the map, then move your cursor to one side of your area of interest to start the line, then drag your cursor across the area of interest, then click twice to complete the transect.  A cross-section view will then be generated that shows a color coded profile view of the areas geology.  The lighter colors are areas of sand and gravel that can serve as recharge zones or aquifers, darker colors are silts or clays that are less permeable or impermeable.


Link to the ILWater (Water and Related Wells) website

(Note: You may need to install the adobe viewer to run the program, it only takes a couple seconds to complete. I have to do this the first time I open it for the day.)  Zoom in to your area of interest (note that you have to select the Pan/hand icon to be able to click and drag the map).  Once zoomed in you will see blue dots with numbers next to them.  The blue dots represent wells and the numbers indicate the well depth.  Click on the blue dot to open a window with brief well information, then click on the blue numbers at the top of the window to open the actual “well log”.  The “well log” typically includes detailed information including descriptions of geologic material encountered during drilling and water levels.



Meeting 2 - May 8, 2019: Hydrogeology, Water Quantity/Quality, Chloride Remediation
Meeting 4 - July 10, 2019: Water Pollution/Treatment
Meeting 5 - August 14, 2019: Water Laws/Regulation
Meeting 6 - September 11, 2019: ANNUAL WATER FORUM (Flooding)
Meeting 7 - October 9, 2019: Residential/Industrial BMP's
Meeting 8 - November 13, 2019: Water Conservation
Meeting 9 - December 11, 2019: Transporation
Meeting 10 - January 8, 2019: Agriculture
Meeting 11 - February 12, 2019: TBA/Draft WRAP Review
Meeting 12 - March 11, 2019: TBA/Draft WRAP Review


Reference Documents


For more Information Contact

Scott Kuykendall, Water Resources Specialist at 815-334-2863 or
Kim Kolner, Planning Division Manager at 815-334-4555

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