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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.

Recent Announcements

  • Ordinance Review - Completed After nearly two years of delay, the comprehensive review of the community ordinances of Port Barrington, Tower Lakes, Lake Barrington, Wauconda, and Island Lake have been completed.  The reviews are ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:51 PM by Brian Valleskey
  • Plan Completion - Next Steps Last month the Tower Lakes Drain Partnership (TLDP) formally took over ownership of the 9 Lakes Watershed Plan from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).  The final document is ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2014, 6:15 AM by Brian Valleskey
  • Will 4 Lakes Grow into 9 Lakes? So the planning process is all but complete with CMAP.  So what now?  As a stakeholder driven group this is an excellent question.  The 9 Lakes TMDL Implementation Plan is ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2014, 9:58 AM by Brian Valleskey
  • Ordinance Review Development and Re-development in Lake and McHenry Counties is regulated through the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance (WDO) and the McHenry County Stormwater Management Ordinance respectively.  in most cases ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 10:49 AM by Brian Valleskey
  • 4 Lakes Initiative - End of the Year Meeting The 4 Lakes Watershed Initiative will be holding their end of the year meeting December 19th, beginning at 6:45PM at Viscount Hall.  Please refer to the Meeting Sites locations ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2012, 9:04 AM by Brian Valleskey
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