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Watershed planning committee to release initial findings

SYCAMORE – The initial findings of a committee charged with addressing flooding and stormwater problems in DeKalb County will be presented Thursday at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau office.

Local residents and officials are invited to a “Watershed Planning for Decision Makers” community meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore.

With an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency watershed planning grant and a matching grant through the DeKalb County Community Foundation, a Watershed Planning Steering Committee was formed in January 2013 to oversee the county’s first watershed planning process.

Consulting engineers, Hey and Associates, will present a summary of findings and assessments, including water quality, suggested best management practices, green infrastructure and potential projects for consideration.

Brent Denzin, of Ancel Glink Law Firm, will address legal issues related to stormwater and water management. Amy Walkenback, of the Illinois EPA’s Watershed Management Division, will provide an update on watershed planning considerations and funding opportunities.

DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Director Paul Miller will provide an overview of watershed planning. A portion of the evening will be set aside for feedback and questions.

Questions can be directed to Anita Zurbrugg, at anita@dekalbccf.org or call 815-748-5383. Refreshments will be served and there is no cost to participants, but reservations are preferred.

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