Landowners, your input is needed on storm water management and water quality issues in the Kishwaukee River Watershed
This Thursday, March 20th, 2014, the Union/Virgil Ditches and the East Branch of the Kishwaukee River Watershed Outreach Committee will be hosting a meeting to update stakeholders on the watershed study currently underway in eastern Kane and western DeKalb County. This 78,000 acre watershed includes the area from Sycamore easterly to the south side of Burlington, then east to Rt.47, south to Elburn and then west to the town of Cortland.
Project consultant Hey and Associates will update participants on the assessment process and modeling techniques that have been used in the watershed study. The presenters will look at potential project areas and the “Best Management Practices” (BMPs) that could beused to address resource concerns.
Area Engineer Lori Younker with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will discuss the technical features of some of the potential practices that may be proposed. Mike Richolson with NRCS and Dean Johnson with the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will provide information for funding resources through Farm Bill programs and the Dean Johnson and Mike Konen show the path of the Kishwaukee watershed in a summer tour. This 78,000 acre watershed includes the area from Sycamore easterly to the south side of Burlington, then east to Rt.47, south to Elburn and then west to the town of Cortland. Kishwaukee River Watershed Meeting Landowners, your input is needed on storm water management and water quality issues in the Kishwaukee River Watershed.
“It is important to remember that community participation is essential in improving and implementing watershed planning. Now is the time to participate.”
Dean Johnson, Stormwater Steering Committee Chairman. Illinois Department of Agriculture that will help assist landowners in implementing some of these agriculture BMPs. Although landowner participation in implementing BMPs is voluntary, the Watershed Steering Committee is very interested in what it would take to encourage participation in implementing practices on their land. The committee would also like feedback on the identified concerns and potential projects to make sure that stakeholder input has been addressed.
“It is important to remember that community participation is essential in improving and implementing watershed planning,” stated Dean Johnson, Stormwater Steering Committee chairman. “Now is the time to participate. Our goal is to address specific stormwater management and water quality issues that are specific to this area.”
The Watershed Ag Outreach meeting will be held at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture. A light breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Reservations are suggested by contacting Dean Johnson at the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District, 815-756-3237, ext. 3, or email Dean.Johnson@il.nacdnet.net. ■
Click Here To Submit A News Tip Or Story