St. Charles Updates Watershed Protection Plan Near 2 Creeks

St. Charles Updates Watershed Protection Plan Near 2 Creeks

One of the most important issues for homeowners in any community is watershed planning. Will my basement flood if we get a lot of spring rain? Will we have enough potable drinking water? Are we doing enough to protect our green infrastructure?

The city of St. Charles is doing its part to involve homeowners in the decision-making process and to keep them informed about two important watersheds inside the city limits: the State Street Creek Watershed and 7th Avenue Creek Watershed.

The Watershed Plan Update will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the Public Education and Outreach Open House form  5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the St. Charles Municipal Building, 2 E. Main St.

“The city is looking for input in identifying issues and opportunities to reduce water pollution and flooding, and to protect natural resources,” said Assistant Director of Public Works & Engineering Karen R. Young. “Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and be a part of the planning process.”

The two watershed areas covered in the city’s Watershed Plan include State Street Creek and 7th Avenue Creek. (CREDIT: city of St. Charles)

What is Watershed Planning?

The primary goal of watershed planning is to restore impaired waters and protect unimpaired waters.

St. Charles will develop an ecologically-based management plan for State Street Creek and 7th Avenue Creek watersheds. The plan will focus on improving water quality by protecting green infrastructure, creating protection policies, implementing ecological restoration, and educating the public.

Who is Involved in the Watershed Planning?

This planning meeting is an opportunity for landowners, state and municipal agencies, Kane County, park districts, farm community, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders in the watersheds to coordinate land and water protection activities for the benefit of all residents.

Representatives for the city’s consultants, AES and HRGreen, will be on hand to meet with local stakeholders, provide details about the existing conditions of the watersheds, and help the group identify issues/opportunities. For more information, visit this page of the city of St. Charles website or contact Karen R. Young at 630.377.4405 or

About the City of St. Charles

Friendly neighborhoods, diverse retailers, international employers, innovative schools, beautiful parks, varied cultural amenities, and unique architecture have earned St. Charles its reputation as the Pride of the Fox. Located in both DuPage and Kane counties, the city of St. Charles is 35 miles west of downtown Chicago, and has a population of approximately 33,000. More than 1,800 businesses, consisting of a balanced mix of retailers, restaurants and manufacturing facilities, employ more than 18,000 people. The city of St. Charles was named the #1 City for Families by Family Circle® magazine in 2011; one of the “150 Great Places in Illinois,” by the AIA Illinois; and one of the “Top 10 Towns To Live In” by West Suburban Living magazine.