Programmatic Action Plan:
Watershed-wide actions based on goals and objectives:
- Protect water resources and enhance water quality
- Protect natural areas and open space
- Reduce flooding
- Improve habitat
- Increase coordination among stakeholders
- Enhance stewardship and education
Site Specific Action Plan
Identifies and maps potential project areas, then tabulates by local government.
- Detention Basin Retrofits to improve water quality and reduce flooding (99).
- Flood Mitigation to reduce Flood Problem Areas (19).
- Lake Shoreline and Streambank Restoration in erosion problem areas
(9 lakes and 24 stream miles).
- Potential Regional Storage Locations (50) and Wetland Restoration Sites (42) to reduce flood problem areas and improve water quality and wildlife habitat.
- Stream Maintenance activities for stream reaches with in-stream debris jams, sediment accumulation, and problematic discharge points and hydraulic structures.
Green Infrastructure (Open Space) Plan
Identifies an interconnected network of open space and water resources that help sustain the watershed. The parcel-based plan encourages land preservation by private land owners in cooperation with local governments and organizations; large private residential lots occupy most of the open space linking public ecologically sensitive areas.
Groundwater Recharge Plan
Identifies open space and recharge areas on a map that stakeholders can use to protect groundwater recharge areas. The plan recommends well monitoring programs to establish baselines and track changes in groundwater levels and water quality.
Water Quality Monitoring Plan
Assesses 1) the current state of water quality in streams and lakes; 2) changes in water quality after Best Management Practices are implemented to remove pollutants; and 3) the public’s behavior about water quality issues.
Information and Education Plan
Raises awareness of watershed issues and problems.
Download Green Infrastructure Map
(approximate size: 1.3 MB)
The Planning Process
Barrington Area Development Council (BADC), Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG), Citizens for Conservation (CFC), and the Village of Barrington met in early 2005 to initiate a watershed-wide effort to improve water quality and quantity by forming Flint Creek Watershed Partnership. FCWP has grown to include twelve municipal and nonprofit partners as well as individual stakeholders with a mission to realize a long-term vision for a healthy watershed and educated citizens.
In early 2007, FCWP invited all relevant watershed stakeholders to participate on a watershed plan steering committee. This committee met eight times during the planning process and included representatives from municipalities, townships, county government, nonprofit organizations, businesses, homeowner associations, and watershed residents. FCWP redefined goals and objectives from the 1994 plan for the new plan. Meetings generally covered one or two watershed subjects. Several meetings were devoted to watershed assessment findings, development of goals and objectives, and action plan items. The 2007 Flint Creek Watershed-Based Plan is both the culmination of three years of activity and the blueprint for future projects that will improve water conditions for everyone living or working in the watershed.