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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 form 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

  • SLDD Agrees In-Concept to Adopt Plan, Agreement Forthcoming The next potential partner for the 9 Lakes Watershed Based Plan is none other than the Slocum Lake Drainage District (SLDD).  On Saturday (3/24), Ed Lochmayer, current residing President ...
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 12:37 PM by Brian Valleskey
  • Slocum Lake Moves Forward The current Board of Directors for the Slocum Lake Management Association (SLMA) is moving forward with Lake Management Planning efforts.  Anyone and everyone interested in providing valuable feedback to preserve ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2018, 4:06 PM by Brian Valleskey
  • Season 3 Sampling Schedule Turbid Illinois will delay Season 3 sampling to begin the week of 5/22 weather pending.  Due to volunteer collaboration with the University of Nebraska, Omaha (UNO) Nebraska Watershed Network ...
    Posted May 10, 2017, 5:06 AM by Brian Valleskey
  • Port Barrington Adopts Plan On 2/15, The Village of Port Barrington unanimously chose to adopt the 9 Lakes Watershed-Based Plan.  Within days of adopting the plan the Village was actively seeking a ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 7:51 PM by Brian Valleskey
  • Wauconda Meeting Scheduling Underway After a successful initial municipal meeting with the Village of Port Barrington, The 9 Lakes Group is taking their show to Wauconda in February-March.  While the presentation date is ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2017, 11:22 PM by Brian Valleskey
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