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
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 Agenda WRAP Agenda_ May 8 2019 Mtg
Speaker Bios WRAP Speaker Bios_May 8 2019 Mtg
Wetland Research Inc. Chloride Reduction "Whitepaper" Chloride White Paper_D. HEY-K. Paap_McHenry County Mtg 2019-5-8_KMP4
Link to Video of May 8, 2019 WRAP Meeting
Link to McHenry County Interactive Planning and Development (PLANDEV) Map Viewer
LINK TO PRESENTATION VIDEO
LINK TO USGS GROUNDWATER WATCH FOR MCHENRY COUNTY
LINK TO MCHENRY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
*** Snacks for the meeting are generously provided by the Heartland Realtors Organization ***
Link to Video of 7-10-19 WRAP Meeting
IMPORTANT LINK'S REFERENCED IN RICK COBB'S (IEPA) PRESENTATION
IEPA Source Water Assessment Fact Sheets
This is a very important resource to understand what aquifers your Community or Non-Community water source is drawing from, its susceptibility to contamination, and the potential threats to your water resources. Open page, select Community or Non-Community, select McHenry under Select County, then click Search County. The Search Results near the bottom of the page will populate with different water systems in the drop down menu. Choose the water system you want to learn about and click on Select Water System to retrieve information.
IEPA Source Water Assessment Protection program (Web Mapping Tool)
Another important planning tool for water quality but somewhat complicated to navigate. Here is a suggested starting point. Open page and zoom in on McHenry County; In the blue bar at the top right of the page are several icons, open the Layer List by clicking the 2nd icon on the left. A menu will appear with a list of layers that can be turned on. Make sure Source Water Assessment Protection Data is checked. Click on the Arrow next to the check box to activate the next level of drop down menus. Repeat this step for each topic you are interested in. Check the boxes to activate data on the map. For instance, click on Environmental Concerns, then check Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). This will bring up purple dots on the map. You can then click on each purple dot to bring up information about the toxic release. Experiment with the different layers to learn how to use the site.
ILLINOIS INTEGRATED WATER QUALITY REPORT AND SECTION 303(d) LIST, 2016
Private Well Class - Free on-line webinars and other events to boost knowledge and competency for owners of well and septic systems and the professionals that serve them.
Link to Video of 8-14-19 WRAP Meeting
Important Links Referenced in Gary Clark's Presentation
Links to Useful Websites on Topics Covered
METROPOLITAN MAYORS CAUCUS - GRENEST REGION COMPACT (GRC)
March 11, 2020 Meeting cancelled
Links to Useful Websites on Topics Covered
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 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)
MAJOR ISSUES AND BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
Climate Change (mitigation, adaptation, forecasted changes in Midwest)
Water Conservation (municipal, commercial/business, residential, green building)
Water Quality (drinking water, waste water, stormwater)
LAND USES AND BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
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)
MISCELLANEOUS (fly dumping, abandoned landfills, improperly abandoned wells)
For more Information Contact
Scott Kuykendall, Water Resources Specialist at 815-334-2863 [email protected]