CAG Monthly Meeting

This month the meeting will  held at the Jack Benny Center at Bowen Park

  • Monty and Rose – The piping plovers that tried Waukegan first but moved to Montrose Harbor and successfully nested.
    Presented by Bob Dolgan, Filmmaker
    See website for reserved free ticket registration!
    Showing at 7:00 PM
  • Lake Michigan Watershed Plan – Status on CAG feedback
  • Great Lakes Now 
    Overview of 2019 Great Lakes Events – Interesting site you may like
    From Detroit Public TV and others

CAG Monthly Meeting

  • Lake Michigan Watershed Plan
    Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, Presented by Mike Prusila
    o Big picture overview and goals
    o SMC is looking for feedback from stakeholders on flood problems in areas within the Waukegan Lakefront area of the Lake Michigan watershed
  •  Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA)
    Presented by Cindy Housner, Executive Director
    o Overview of the mission and goals of GLASA
    o Program ideas for ADA kayaking and canoeing in Waukegan Harbor
    o Small but important upgrades needed for the new Waukegan Harbor ADA kayak/canoe launch
  •  Oak Ecosystem Recovery Program – Chicago Wilderness and Morton Arboretum
    o Quick overview of two 2019 Oaktober Events
    o Ideas how to carry program into Waukegan Harbor Area of Concern and Extended Area of Concern with our many partners.

CAG Monthly Meeting

  • Waukegan Lakefront History – story mapping short videos

    • Prepared by 8th and 9th grade Cool Learning Experience students in summer 2019
    • Presented by Barbara Waller
  • Waukegan Harbor Citizens’ Advisory Group (CAG)
    • Working breakout session to develop the content chapters for our big story mapping project covering the history and projects of the Waukegan Harbor CAG since its formation in August of 1990 to present.
    • This will provide a written, an oral and a photographic record of why and how the Waukegan Harbor CAG was formed, the agencies involved and their missions, and all the steps, actions and projects which have been taken by all Waukegan Harbor CAG partners over the past 29 years to bring the Waukegan Harbor Area of Concern and Extended Area of Concern to its current remediation level.
  • Audubon Great Lakes – National Audubon Climate Change Report
  • Update: USACE Waukegan Harbor Dredging Project
    • Outer Harbor proposed sand placement – Environmental Assessment Status
    • Letter from Eugene Fleming, Chief, Environmental Formulation and Analysis Section, USACE – Chicago District

CAG Annual Picnic

RSVP Penny Bouchard by 08/12/19 at

Get to better know our many CAG members and partners while overlooking the spectacular view of Lake Michigan from the Waukegan Port District patio. HELP US CELEBRATE…

Recent presentation by Illinois Natural History Survey on Plankton community evaluation in Waukegan Harbor during 2017 and 2018 that shows work will support the attainment of the 5th Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) delisting out of the 6 required!

Piping plover hand carved sculpture
honoring Emma England – Lake Co Audubon National Audubon Award
“Sharing Out Shores” at Waukegan Dunes Including Piping Plover Protection Work
Dinner & soft drinks & water are graciously hosted by several long time CAG members.

You are welcome to bring a bottle of your favorite vintage to share for the celebration!


CAG Monthly Meeting

 Fish tissue monitoring – Danielle Nelson, Illinois State Geology Survey, IDNR

    • Last season’s monitoring results are in!
    • Let’s hope for good news!

Great Lakes Now – Where is the PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in your water supply?

    •  Video presentation from Detroit Public Television

ARC GIS Story Mapping

    • Waukegan lakefront, and Dead River and Waukegan River Watershed history from inception to present. Following last month’s well received overview on how to create an ARC GIS maps to meet your areas’ needs – we are now gathering all the ideas for themes.
    • Please help develop the choices of the historical story themes of the Waukegan area lakefront.

 W.G. Jackson research ship visit to Waukegan Harbor

    • July 8 through 12, 2019
    • Local watershed issues to be tied into this year’s program.
    • Requests taken now for a space on one of the three daily, hands-on participation, research tours.

Waukegan Harbor CAG Meeting – Please Note Venue Change

Venue Change – The Meeting will be held in the Jack Benny Center at Bowen Park


Waukegan Harbor Fish testing contaminant level report

  •  Danielle Green, IDNR Coastal Zone

May 5, 2018 – Bowen Park – Council Circle Dedication & Smudging Ceremony

  • Dennis Downes and Native Americans
  • Waukegan Park District is providing 18 nice Oak trees to be planted.
  • Full details and planting procedure to be overviewed at the meeting.
  • This is a community-wide event.

Note: Dennis will also have a small exhibit of his art work and one of his bronze Trail Marker Tree sculptures in the Jack Benny Center theater for the public to view.

Full Lakefront Cleanup – Sunday, April 22, 2018

8 a.m. to noon

  • Waukegan Harbor CAG to manage the Waukegan Dunes part of the Lakefront Cleanup
  • Special help needed to extract unwanted larger material from the wetland areas and get it carefully out to the three Sea Horse Drive pickup sites
  • There are many acres of dunal area to walk for trash cleanup and a nice opportunity to observe the dunes awakening after a long cold winter and spring, migrating birds, too!
  • Bonus: See the new Waukegan Harbor CAG office in the Jack Benny Center – it is a larger room and easier to use our largess of educational information and tools

Update Illinois Coastal Advisory Group Meeting

  • Tom Chefalo