Presidents Report

This is the President’s report by Mary Jo Adam, where she announces the creation of a new group, the Mackinaw River Ecosystems Partnership. She explains that due to the guideline changes by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Mackinaw River Watershed Council did not meet all of the criteria…. Continue reading

Mackinaw River Watershed Council Newsletter

This is the final newsletter of the Mackinaw River Watershed Council. The President, Mary Jo Adams, looks back on the accomplishments made in improving water quality in the Mackinaw River Watershed. She also announces that a new group, the Mackinaw River Ecosystems Partnership, will be stepping up to continue duties… Continue reading

Clinton Lake Watershed Plan

Based upon the information gathered, the Clinton Lake Watershed Resource Planning Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, and project planning staff have identified sedimentation and contaminants as the primary sources of water quality degradation in the Clinton Lake Watershed. Sedimentation and contaminants are threatening the health and recreational value of the lake… Continue reading

Mackinaw River Watershed Management Plan 1998

This is a Mackinaw Watershed plan developed for everyone who lives in the watershed, as well as local governments and state and federal agencies who will help them achieve the goal of protecting the river and the land surrounding it. The persistent sediment is affecting the wildlife and biological diversity… Continue reading

Before the Wells Run Dry: Ensuring Sustainable Water Supplies for Illinois

This report recommends coordinated planning and implementation strategies that will capitalize on the work of the pilot regional planning groups, integrate regional plans with state and local practices, and ensure the long-term sustainability and effi cient use of our finite, fragile water resources. A bottom-up approach supported by local management… Continue reading

Interim Bloomington Water Supply Plan

The water supply challenges of the City of Bloomington, Illinois (City) are typical of many communities.The Water Department must address both short-term issues related to surface-water quality deterioration and interim-term needs for additional sources of supply. The City is working to alleviate two areas of concern: high nitrate levels in… Continue reading

Mclean County Greenways Plan

This plan presents an up-to-date vision for greenways and provides a framework for establishing a regional system of interconnected greenways throughout McLean County and beyond. The plan presents goals and objectives in support of this vision and identifies priority future greenways and potential greenway linkages to other regions. It also… Continue reading

Lake Bloomington Watershed Plan

This is a management plan working to improve the water quality and stop pollution and chemicals from entering Lake Bloomington. It provides studies done testing the levels of chemical pollutants, sources of pollution, effects on wildlife, and possible solutions to these detrimental issues.  

Evergreen Lake Watershed Plan

This is a management plan to protect and improve the water quality of Evergreen Lake. Background information on the problems of pollution and runoff influencing is provided. Possible ideas to improve the situation of the water are given along with plans of implementation. It gives an overall action plan to… Continue reading

Guidance for Developing Watershed Action Plans in Illinois

This manual presents an approach to watershed-based planning designed to ensure that local stakeholders play a central role in the development of comprehensive, multi-issue watershed plans. A watershed approach to planning for and managing land and water resources is not a new idea. The USEPA argues that groups working within… Continue reading