The Conservation Foundation is seeking an Environmental Scientist to join its Watershed Team. The Environmental Scientist will work as part of a team to implement basin assessment activities and the development of Nutrient Implementation Plans/Nutrient Assessment and Reduction Plans for three watershed groups. Click here for more details and how to apply.

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Our mission is to bring together a diverse coalition of stakeholders to work together to preserve and enhance water quality and stream resource quality in the Lower Des Plaines River and its tributaries.

The Lower Des Plaines Watershed Group

Stakeholders quickly determined that a comprehensive monitoring program throughout the Lower Des Plaines Watershed would not only establish baseline conditions, but also, with regression analysis, identify the biggest stressors to aquatic communities.

The Lower Des Plaines Watershed Group

Our approach to improve local rivers and streams begins with identifying the biggest stressors to aquatic life.

The Lower Des Plaines Watershed Group

Using the same state approved data collection and analyses as other major watershed groups in the region, we will incorporate our data into a tool that will identify and rank restorability projects at the stream reach level.

The Lower Des Plaines Watershed Group

Improving Surface Waters in Illinois


We collectively represent members interests in discussions with the regulatory community and environmental groups.

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We provide local coordination to develop and implement a long-term, comprehensive monitoring program to assess current stream conditions in the watershed and identify the biggest stressors to aquatic life.

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Our data-driven approach will enable us to make informed management decisions and identify the most cost-effective ways to improve local waterways and meet permit requirements.

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Lower Des Plaines Watershed Group

Become a Member

LDWG accepts membership applications made by permitted wastewater agencies, municipal stormwater dischargers, industrial dischargers and other local units of government situated within the watershed boundary.

Our Watershed

At the request of Illinois EPA, the watershed boundary was expanded to include MWRD-GC’s Kirie Plant, and is unlike traditional boundaries. Active subwatershed groups within the watershed boundary include Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group and the Silver Creek Watershed Committee.

Events Calendar

Stakeholders in the Lower Des Plaines Watershed need to be aware of issues currently being addressed. Join us at any of our scheduled membership meetings to learn more about them, and watershed improvements.

2019 Meetings

November 14 – regular member meeting is replaced by IWEA Nutrient Assessment and Reduction Plan (NARP) Workshop. Click here for more information.

Get in Touch

10S404 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL 60565

Phone: 630-428-4500
Fax: 630-428-4599

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