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Welcome to the Homepage of the 4 Lakes Watershed Initiative
(Now part of the Tower Lakes Drain Partnership)

Mission Statement

The 4 Lakes Watershed Initiative, a stakeholder group composed of local lake management committees, concerned citizens, municipalities, and others, is developing a watershed based plan for the following lakes (Island, Griswold, Slocum, Napa Suwe, Bangs) and their associated tributaries (Bangs Lake Drain, Mutton Creek and Cotton Creek).  Included in the Initiative is Port Barrington, bordered by the Fox River and the Fox River Preserve.


Initially forming in Spring of 2011, the 4 Lakes Watershed Group was approached by The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) about partnering to complete and EPA approved Watershed-based plan in December of 2012.  The group began collaboration in the spring of 2013 with additional lake groups and interested stakeholders to for the 9 Lakes Watershed Planning Group.  The final plan received EPA approval in fall of 2014 and was received under the Tower Lakes Drain Partnership (TLDP). 

Recent Announcements

  • Port Barrington Meeting Scheduled The traveling roadshow continues.  As we continue our goal to have all included communities adopt the approved 9 Lakes Watershed-Based Plan, we have scheduled to present at the Village ...
    Posted Dec 30, 2016, 7:12 AM by Brian Valleskey
  • 9 Lakes Watershed-Based Plan Adopted by BACOG The Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) formally approved Resolution #16-02, adopting the 9 Lakes Watershed-Based Plan.  There are four government members included in and affected by the ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2016, 9:25 AM by Brian Valleskey
  • Plan Adoption The Tower Lakes Drain Partnership (TLDP) is in the process of acquiring adoption of the 9 Lakes Watershed-Based Plan by the numerous lake groups/associations and municipal entities located ...
    Posted May 13, 2016, 6:40 AM by Brian Valleskey
  • Fox Waterwat Agency Acquires Grant Breaking News!! - The Fox Waterway Agency (FWA) was the recipient of The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) Watershed Management Assistance Grant (WMAG)!  The WMAG is a capacity building grant ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2016, 11:29 AM by Brian Valleskey
  • Turbid Illinois December 30, 2016The Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) documentation is underway!  Although we have already thoroughly documented our sampling and monitoring protocols within the Year 1 data report, the ...
    Posted Dec 30, 2016, 6:48 AM by Brian Valleskey
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