Ferson Otter Creek Watershed Planning
Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed
Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed
 
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The Ferson-Otter Creek watershed consists of two subwatersheds: Ferson Creek and Otter Creek. However for our planning purposes, the two subwatersheds will be studied together as Ferson Creek is a major tributary to Otter Creek. The Ferson-Otter Creek watershed has a drainage area of approximately 54 square miles, with 29% of the land area developed. The watershed is located on the urban fringe of the Chicago Metropolitan area in Kane County, the 5th fastest growing county in Illinois and covers portions of the Cities of Elgin and St. Charles as well as the Villages of Campton Hills, South Elgin, and Lily Lake. The total population in Ferson-Otter Creek watershed is approximately 32,515.
 
Plan Documents - Final
Final Plan Part 1       
Final Plan Part 2
Executive Summary
FREP Resolution in support of the Plan
 
Special Activity:
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 we met at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles for a program on the Ferson Creek Dam Removal Project, presented by, Ken Anderson, Manager, Kane County Subdivision & Special Projects Division
This project represents Phase I of multi-phased program to create uninterrupted fish passage throughout 44 miles of stream habitat in the Ferson-Creek watershed.  Our primary objective for Phase I is to remove the impassable dam at Creek Bend Forest Preserve and to modify one low-water barrier located downstream of Creek Bend, in order to open 6.3 miles of lower Ferson-Otter Creek to the Fox River.  Completion of Phase I will allow us to use these projects as models for low cost stream restoration, and to give examples to present to other private landowners in order to foster cooperation for the watershed wide approach.  Phase one will also include evaluation of the fish community response. 
Ferson Creek (above) before dam removal
(below) after removal
 
Presentations
CMAP Overview   Talbot  9-21-10
The Conservation Foundation Overview  Tuttle  9-21-10
Ferson-Otter Creek  Talbot  11-23-10
Groundwater Protection: Should You Care?  Loftus 12-16-10
Shallow Groundwater Aquifers in Kane County Schuch 12-16-10
Planning Updates  Talbot  1-25-11
Planning Updates  Talbot & Tuttle  2-22-11
Watershed Planning  & Water Quality Monitoring  Elberts   4-26-11
Planning Updates  Talbot  4-26-11
Watershed Planning in Ferson-Otter Creek 5-11
Agricultural Conservation Practices   Musich  6-28-11
Moving Forward  10-25-11
 
Resources & Documents
Ferson-Otter Creek Project Charter
CMAP Model Water Use Conservation Ordinance
Municipal Ordinance Review Worksheet from the Center for Watershed Protection
Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Planning Brochure
Ferson-Otter Creek Brochure - How You Can Help Reduce Water Pollution
Fecal Coliform - Pet Waste Pollution Poster
Related Implementation Plan Documents
City of Elgin Ordinance Assessment:
An Implementation Step of the Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Plan
 LINK to CMAP webpage
 
Ferson Planning Meeting
Contact Info:
Tara Neff
630-428-4500, Ext. 23 
 
Meetings
TBA
Now that the Plan is completed, it is up to Ferson-Otter Creek stakeholders to organize to help implement the Plan.

We will post any future meeting or group contact information here
 
Maps
Map of Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed  
 
Google Earth Map Files
Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed
Ferson-Otter Streams
Ferson-Otter Recommendations
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How to Use Google Earth
 
Links
The Conservation Foundation
CMAP - Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
 
Meeting
 Agendas
4-23-13
 
3-27-12
10-23-12
 
9-21-10
10-20-10
12-16-10
1-25-11
2-22-11
3-29-11
4-26-11
5-24-11
6-28-11
7-26-11
9-27-11
10-25-11
12-19-11
 
Notes
4-23-13
 
3-27-12
10-23-12
 
9-21-10
10-20-10
11-23-10
12-16-10
1-25-11
2-22-11
3-29-11 
4-26-11
5-24-11
6-28-11
7-26-11 
9-27-11
10-25-11
12-19-11
 
 
 
CMAP Planning Project
FREP