Updated: April 3, 2013 2:00AM
GRAYSLAKE — The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission will begin a new planning effort to develop a watershed and flood mitigation plan for the 31-square mile Mill Creek watershed, a tributary to the Des Plaines River in north central Lake County.
The Mill Creek watershed includes the municipalities of Grayslake, Gurnee, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Old Mill Creek, Round Lake Beach, Third Lake and Wadsworth, along with unincorporated areas of Avon, Fremont, Lake Villa, Newport and Warren Townships, including Grandwood Park.
SMC is hosting two meetings Feb. 28 to kick off the 15-month watershed planning process. The meetings are scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grayslake Area Public Library, 100 Library Lane, Grayslake.
The sessions are an opportunity for landowners, townships, villages, park districts/departments, non-profit organizations, homeowners associations, lake associations, those living along streams and other stakeholders in the watershed to coordinate land and water protection and management activities. There are 16 known endangered and threatened species within the watershed.
The watershed is considered a planning priority due to a history of flood damage, including the 2008 flood event, and impaired water quality in 10 of the 11 lakes within the watershed. Estimated population growth over the next 20 years may also impact the watershed’s vast natural resources.
The watershed currently has a population of 48,198 people, up from 42,533 in 2000. The population is forecasted to reach 52,613 in 2030, a 23.7 percent change. This watershed is one of three that will see the largest percentage of population growth, as measured from 2000-2030.
RSVP to Darcy Hertel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents that are not able to attend a meeting can contact Andrea Cline at (847) 377-7710 or email email@example.com to get more information or be put on a list to receive planning updates and/or results.