CHAMPAIGN, Ill., 11/30/2022: Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) hydrologic and hydraulic modeling in McHenry County, Illinois, is underway as part of a study to help local communities identify areas of high flood risk for flood mitigation planning.
ISWS, a part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, is working collaboratively on the project with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources-Office of Water Resources (IDNR-OWR) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The first phase of the project, data collection, is anticipated to begin in December 2022 and be completed in summer 2023. In this phase, surveyors will conduct detailed channel and bridge surveys of streams in or near the communities of Harvard, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood, Marengo, Union, and McHenry County Unincorporated Areas.
Field survey activities will primarily be focused on the following communities and streams: Harvard, Lawrence Creek Tributary A; Huntley, Kishwaukee Creek and South Branch Kishwaukee River Tributaries A & C; Lake in the Hills, Kishwaukee Creek and Kishwaukee Creek Tributary B; Lakewood, Kishwaukee Creek; Marengo, Kishwaukee River Tributary E and Unnamed Creek; Union, Railroad Creek; McHenry County Unincorporated Areas (approximately 4 miles northeast of Marengo), North Branch Kishwaukee River.
Residents should be aware of the periodic presence of survey crews in the area. Surveys will be completed as stream conditions and weather allow.
Questions about the study can be directed to Aaron Thomas, P.E., CFM, at the Illinois State Water Survey (firstname.lastname@example.org) 217-333-7832.
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