Indian Creek Watershed-based Plan

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The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is developing the Indian Creek Watershed-based Plan. CMAP is working with several organizations and communities in and around the watershed, which straddles southeastern Kane and southwestern DuPage counties. This project looks to improve and protect the water quality and habitats in the watershed, Indian Creek, its tributaries, wetlands, lakes, and ponds, as well as the Fox River.

We want to hear from community members and stakeholders like yourself! Project recommendations ultimately will lead to projects, establish monitoring programs, update plans and policies, and create outreach and educational activities aimed at improving and protecting water quality. A map of the watershed planning area is here.


We want to hear from you!

During the planning process, we will take your input, ideas, and suggestions to help shape the future quality of the Indian Creek watershed planning area. Please visit the interactive tabs below to let us know your thoughts!

You also are welcome to reach out to members of the project team by checking out the "Who's Listening?" section on the right.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is developing the Indian Creek Watershed-based Plan. CMAP is working with several organizations and communities in and around the watershed, which straddles southeastern Kane and southwestern DuPage counties. This project looks to improve and protect the water quality and habitats in the watershed, Indian Creek, its tributaries, wetlands, lakes, and ponds, as well as the Fox River.

We want to hear from community members and stakeholders like yourself! Project recommendations ultimately will lead to projects, establish monitoring programs, update plans and policies, and create outreach and educational activities aimed at improving and protecting water quality. A map of the watershed planning area is here.


We want to hear from you!

During the planning process, we will take your input, ideas, and suggestions to help shape the future quality of the Indian Creek watershed planning area. Please visit the interactive tabs below to let us know your thoughts!

You also are welcome to reach out to members of the project team by checking out the "Who's Listening?" section on the right.

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Map Your Areas of Concern

about 1 month

Think about the places you go to or travel by within your watershed community. Are there some places that seem like problem areas? Areas that don't seem quite right or areas where you have a concern about water or habitat quality? If you have seen or experienced areas of flooding, erosion, or water quality issues or concerns, please let us know! You can choose from eight pin categories below that address these areas of concerns:

  1. Flooding
  2. Erosion - streambank, shoreline
  3. Erosion - gully formation
  4. Stream blockage
  5. Litter or trash
  6. Dumping
  7. Water quality issue
  8. Sediment buildup
  9. Other (describe)

Place/drop pins inside the Indian Creek watershed planning area (purple line) to let us know what types of water and habitat quality problems you've seen or concerns you may have.  

  • Zoom in to find the area of interest. Note: The aerial image view may change to an older aerial image as you zoom in. 
  • Click the + sign to the left to open the pin menu
  • Select a pin for your category and drag it onto the map to where you want to place it. Use the comment box to provide details. You also can upload a relevant photo if you'd like. 
  • Click the SUBMIT button when you are done placing a pin. Note: Once you press SUBMIT, the pin cannot be removed. 
  • Repeat the process to add other pins. 

You have until mid-July 2022 to add pins to the map; submittals by June 30, 2022, are appreciated.  Your feedback will help inform the watershed resource inventory. Visit the other interactive map, Map Your Ideas: Best Management Practice (BMP) Opportunities, to let us know your ideas for ways to better protect and improve water and aquatic habitat quality in the Indian Creek watershed planning area.  

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Map Your Ideas: Best Management Practice (BMP) Opportunities

about 1 month

Share your ideas for protecting or improving water quality and habitat in the Indian Creek planning area! Your ideas help and can lead to "on-the-ground" construction projects, and educational activities and programs for residents. Your input can help better monitor stream conditions and update local plans and policies. These types of things are called "best management practices," or BMPs for short. These practices help better promote and protect water quality.

In this mapping exercise, we've divided the many types of BMPs into 10 main categories, including:    

  1. Filtration / infiltration practices
  2. Impervious (hard) surface reduction 
  3. Stormwater detention basin improvement
  4. Storm sewer inlet improvement
  5. Stream, river, or lake project
  6. Open space or natural area creation / restoration
  7. Agricultural practices
  8. Public information, education, involvement
  9. Policy and planning
  10. Other recommendation

Place/drop pins inside the Indian Creek watershed planning area -- represented by both the "watershed resource inventory" planning area (purple line) and "water quality modeling" area (yellow line) -- to provide your ideas for BMP opportunities:  

  • Zoom in to find the area of interest. Note: This is an aerial image view that may change to an older aerial image as you zoom in.
  • Click the + sign to the left to open the pin menu
  • Select a pin for your BMP category and drag the pin onto the map to where you want to place it. A column will open on the left with a comment box and a checklist of specific BMP types under each category. Scroll down and select the specific BMP type(s) for your pin location by clicking its check box (you may need to scroll down the column quite a bit). 
  • Use the comment box to provide more details about your idea [i.e., estimate of BMP size (acres, square feet, length/width) or count/number; cost estimate if available; priority level: high, moderate, low]. You also can upload a relevant photo if you'd like.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the column and click the SUBMIT button when you're done with that BMP.  Note: Once you press SUBMIT, the pin cannot be removed. 
  • Repeat the process to add other BMP pins.  

You have until mid-July 2022 to add pins; submittals by June 30, 2022, are appreciated. Your feedback will help inform BMP recommendations for the Indian Creek Watershed-based Plan. Visit the other interactive map, Map Your Areas of Concern, to let us know where you've observed problems that could be affecting water or aquatic habitat quality in the Indian Creek watershed planning area.

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Previous, Current, Ongoing BMPs

19 days

CMAP staff will use inputs to this map to document past (up to 20 years or so) and current/ongoing BMPs, including "on-the-ground" construction projects, educational activities and programs for residents, policy & planning updates, and monitoring programs as they are applicable to promoting, protecting, and improving water quality.

In this mapping exercise, we've divided the many types of BMPs into 10 main categories, including:    

  1. Filtration / infiltration practices
  2. Impervious (hard) surface reduction 
  3. Stormwater detention basin improvement
  4. Storm sewer inlet improvement
  5. Stream, river, or lake project
  6. Open space or natural area creation / restoration
  7. Agricultural practices
  8. Public information, education, involvement
  9. Policy and planning
  10. Other recommendation

Place/drop pins inside the Indian Creek watershed planning area -- represented by both the "watershed resource inventory" planning area (purple line) and "HSPF water quality modeling area" (yellow line):  

  • Zoom in to find the area of interest. Note: This is an aerial image view that may change to an older aerial image as you zoom in.
  • Click the + sign to the left to open the pin menu
  • Select a pin for your BMP category and drag the pin onto the map to where you want to place it. A column will open on the left with a comment box and a checklist of specific BMP types under each category. Scroll down and select the specific BMP type(s) for your pin location by clicking its check box (you may need to scroll down the column quite a bit). 
  • Use the comment box to provide more details about the BMP (i.e., year completed, BMP size or count/number, approximate cost, grant source if applicable). You also can upload a relevant photo if you'd like. 
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the column and click the SUBMIT button when you're done with that BMP.  Note: Once you press SUBMIT, the pin cannot be removed. 
  • Repeat the process to add other BMP pins.  

Submittals for this map are requested by June 24, 2022.  

Visit the other interactive maps, Map Your Areas of Concern and Map Your Ideas: Best Management Practice (BMP) Opportunitiesto respectively let us know where you've observed problems that could be affecting water or aquatic habitat quality, and your ideas for ways to better protect and improve water and aquatic habitat quality in the Indian Creek watershed planning area.  

Page last updated: 29 Jun 2022, 11:47 AM