Our watershed boundary does not take a traditional form due to the lack of tributaries in the northern area in Cook County.
Active subwatershed groups within the watershed boundary include the Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group and the Silver Creek Watershed Committee.
The Upper and Lower Des Plaines River Ecosystem Partnerships were organized in 1996 under the Illinois DNR Ecosystems Program of Conservation 2000, a multi-year initiative to preserve and restore Illinois ecosystems. While the partnerships are no longer active, resources from their activities can be found here:
- Lower Des Plaines Ecosystem Partnership Watershed Plan
- Strategic Sub-Watershed Identification Process Draft (SSIP)
- Upper Des Plaines Ecosystem Partnership – Watershed Restoration Action Strategy for the Upper Des Plaines River