Workshop addresses flooding concerns

SYCAMORE – Residents, landowners and businesses from Sycamore, Virgil, Cortland, Maple Park, Lily Lake and Burlington are invited to a workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore, to gather information about water quality and flooding issues and problems within municipalities of the Union/Virgil Ditches and the East Branch, South Branch Kishwaukee River watershed that will help shape a watershed plan for land use planning and projects.

“Political boundaries, such as those of municipalities and counties, rarely coincide with the natural drainage within a watershed,” said Dean Johnson, chairman of the planning
committee for the watershed area being studied.

“Our intention is to gather input from as many individuals and businesses as we can in order to identify issues, concerns,
goals and priorities for the watershed.”

A watershed is the land area where water drains into a water body such as a lake or river.

“The Stormwater Management Committee has been working together with the DeKalb County Community Foundation since 2009 to identify opportunities to address flooding and stormwater management issues throughout the county,” said committee member Paul Miller.

“In December 2012, together we secured $58,000 of EPA funding through the state based upon a $30,000 cash match from the foundation, plus in-kind support from county and foundation staff.”

Anita Zurbrugg, program director at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, said at the end of the 18-month planning process the community will have a comprehensive assessment of the watershed and, more importantly, a list of prioritized projects that have been specifically designed to address issues and goals identified through the process.

A similar workshop, designed for farmers, residents, landowners and businesses from rural areas of the watershed study, will be conducted from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 West Prairie Drive in Sycamore.

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