Many years ago, the state of Illinois EPA (IEPA), using monies from federal EPA fines, established a program that funds local efforts to investigate water quality in watersheds. This program incorporates input from all stakeholders. The solutions to problems are much more effective when everyone contributes! In 2012, the DeKalb County Community Foundation and the DeKalb County Stormwater Management Committee were awarded funding to investigate the East Branch of the South Branch of the Kishwaukee River Watershed that stretches into Kane County, incorporates several municipalities and many different land uses. The PLAN was approved by IEPA in Fall 2014. Regions included in a Plan are eligible for state funding for implementation of recommended projects by IEPA. The stakeholders need to identify a project, find matching funds, and make application to IEPA.
In 2018, IEPA awarded another grant to DeKalb County to investigate the Upper South Branch of the Kishwakee River Watershed. This area stretches from Shabbona to just west of Sycamore along Route 64. The planning process is just beginning, but will follow the same pattern used to develop the East Branch of the South Branch Plan. Once the Plan is adopted by IEPA, it will be posted here.