Input Needed for Lake Michigan Paddling Plan

With help from community leaders, a plan is being drafted to make it easier to enjoy Lake Michigan via kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding along the coast in North Chicago, Waukegan, Beach Park, Zion, and Winthrop Harbor. The public is invited to review the draft plan and provide suggestions that will strengthening it .

Joint Meeting of the North Branch Chicago River Watershed Workgroup (NBWW) and Lake Michigan Watershed Plan Stakeholders

The North Branch Chicago River Watershed Workgroup (NBWW) General Membership Meeting will be hosting the North Branch Chicago River (NBCR) & Lake Michigan watershed planning efforts

Meeting Focus: Flooding & Flood Problem Areas in the Watersheds


  • The NBWW will conduct normal workgroup business at the November 13, 2019 General Membership meeting, including a forum for the North Branch Watershed Consortium.

NBCR & Lake Michigan Watershed Planning Efforts

  • The watershed meeting topic is flood problem areas in the NBCR & Lake Michigan Watersheds. SMC is looking for flood problem area feedback from NBCR and Lake Michigan watershed stakeholders.
  • Flood Damage Reduction Projects in the Watershed


Join your neighbors for an opportunity to see a future for the best cycling, hiking and lakeside access in your community Review the findings of the Existing Conditions Report and share your ideas for a better connection. Visit anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to share your vision and chat with the planning team We look forward to seeing you there!

Unase sus vecinos para un oportunidad de envisionar un futuro del mejor ciclismo, la caminata y el acceso a la orilla del lago en su comunidad Revise los hallazgos del informe de condiciones existentes y comparta sus ideas para una major conexión. Visite en cualquier momento entre las 6 p.m. y las 8 p.m. para compartir su visión y chatearcon el equipo de planificación ¡Esperamos verte allí!

Visit the project website – – to learn more!

Lake Michigan Watershed Plan Meeting

The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) invites you to attend the next Lake Michigan Watershed Plan meeting.

We will review watershed issues and opportunities identified during the first meeting and discuss goals and objectives for the watershed plan

If you missed the Kick-off Meeting…
The background, scope, and timetable for the watershed plan were presented and the stakeholder group identified watershed issues and opportunities. The meeting summary including the watershed issues and opportunities and a copy of the presentation from the meeting are posted on the project web page.

If You Can’t Make it to the Meeting
Get on the email list for periodic updates and future meeting topics. Choose “Lake Michigan Watershed” under the Stormwater Management section.

For more information, contact:

Mike Prusila


Jacob Jozefowski


Funding for this project is provided, in part, by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Program, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, and the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.

Birding by the Big Lake Spring Gathering 2019

Join the Lake-Cook Chapter of Illinois Audubon for three days of great birding, food and programs. A raffle and silent auction will be held featuring many great items to win or purchase. The full schedule can be found here.

2019 Spring Gathering Checklist:

  • Reserve your room at the DoubleTree Hilton (click here).
  • Spring Gathering deadline for registration is April 28. 2019.
  • Look over the entire weekend schedule (click here).
  • Look over the list of exciting auction items – check back as we add more (click here).
  • Watch your email for information and updates.
  • Look over the field trip choices and REGISTER HERE


Sharing Our Shore – Waukegan Kick-off Celebration

Celebrate the beginning of a new partnership between the City of Waukegan and the Lake County Audubon Society. Sharing Our Shore – Waukegan is a Beach Stewardship program.  The program goals include monitoring bird species and increasing public awareness of the need for bird conservation at the special dunes habitat of Waukegan Beach.  Refreshments will be provided.

Photo by Emma English

Take the Plover Pledge and commit to helping shorebirds by being a Plover Pal.

Visit the Beach Stewards at the informational table. They will be present at the beach on May 4 and every Saturday from 1-3pm in May – July.

Waukegan Lakefront Cleanup

Please meet at the Clayton Street Parking lot just across the street from the Waukegan Yacht Club. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Let’s get that plastic off our public lands on the Waukegan Lakefront. It arrives by wind and waves propelled by Mother Nature and Father Time, and needs to be hand removed by caring citizens of all ages. Celebrate Environmental Month by giving back to our local environmental gem, the Waukegan Lakefront.




Lake Michigan Watershed Plan Kick-off Meeting

The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) cordially invites you to attend the Lake Michigan Watershed Plan kick-off meeting.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. (the same information will be presented at both meetings)
Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, Illinois

About the Watershed Plan
The Lake Michigan Watershed Plan will cover the portions of Lake County and seven ravines in northern Cook County that drain to Lake Michigan. The planning process will run from 2019-2020. The Lake Michigan Watershed-Based Plan will identify practices, projects, and programs that can be implemented by stakeholders to reduce pollution and flood damage and protect natural resources. Your input and ideas are important.

Click here for a fact sheet on the watershed and watershed plan.

About the Kick-off Meeting
The background, scope, and timetable for the watershed plan will be presented at the meeting. In addition, SMC will meet with local stakeholders and help the group identify watershed issues or opportunities. We hope you will join and assist us in the planning process so that your community or organizational needs are adequately represented in the watershed plan.

If You Can’t Make it to the Kick-off Meeting
Get on the email list for periodic updates and future meeting topics. Choose “Lake Michigan Watershed” under the Stormwater Management section.

View the project web page.


Mike Prusila
Jacob Jozefowski