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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

  • Turbid Illinois August 13, 2015Turbid Illinois, co-sponsored by the Illinois Lakes Management Association (ILMA) has now accumulated over 60 samples.  Our goal is to potentially partner with other sampling efforts ...
    Posted Sep 4, 2015, 4:39 AM by Brian Valleskey
  • Coming Soon - GIS Data With the free release of Google Earth Pro along with other base level GIS viewers, public interest in mapping resources is rapidly expanding.  In the spirit of sharing we will ...
    Posted Apr 16, 2015, 11:19 AM by Brian Valleskey
  • 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
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