Blackberry Creek Watershed topic at township meeting

ELBURN—Community members are invited to attend upcoming meetings to provide input related to community planning priorities and water resource protection opportunities in relation to the Blackberry Creek Watershed. The meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Blackberry Township offices at 43W390 Main Street Road, and Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College, Bodie Hall Room 150. All meetings are open to the public.

Leaders of the Blackberry Creek Watershed Planning initiative will describe their activities, as well as other opportunities to address protections for water resources through the preservation of open space and natural areas.

A watershed is the land area from which rainwater and snowmelt drains into a body of water such as a stream or lake. Watershed planning is a collaborative, community-supported approach to protecting and improving water quality in streams and lakes, restoring healthy aquatic habitat, addressing groundwater protections, preventing community flooding, and addressing other water-resource related challenges.

Natural areas can help keep water where it falls, reduce stormwater pollution, and replenish groundwater used for our drinking water supply. Natural areas and open space also can provide habitat for wildlife, enhance quality of life for communities, provide recreational opportunities, plus many other benefits. Community planning that supports protections for open space and natural areas is an important tool for protecting water quality and watershed health.

Visit foxriverecosystem.org/planning.htm for more information or contact watershed coordinator Tara Neff at tneff@theconservationfoundation.org or watershed manager Holly Hudson at hhudson@cmap.illinois.gov or call (312) 454-0400.