Watershed-based Planning

Watershed-based Planning

This Watershed-based Planning presentation provides an overview of the following topics.

  • What is a watershed?
  • What is a Watershed-based Plan?
  • Why Write a Watershed-based Plan?
  • What's in a Watershed-based Plan?
  • Where can you learn more?

Guidance Documents

A QUICK GUIDE to Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters

Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters

Guidance For Developing Watershed Action Plans in Illinois:

USEPA watershed-based plan guidance found in Appendix C of the Nonpoint Source Program and Grants Guidelines for States and Territories dated April 12, 2013

Load Estimation / Modeling

STEPL and Region 5 Model 

Surface Water Models

Additional Resources

Resource Management Mapping Service 

Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) Toolbox 

Watershed Central's Watershed Plan Builder 

Surf Your Watershed 

Section 319(h) – Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Financial Assistance Program 

Section 604b Water Quality Management Planning Grant Program

Watershed-based Plans in Illinois

The Illinois EPA recommends that watershed-based plans be reviewed ten years after the plan’s development to assess if any revisions should be considered.  Older watershed-based plans, although listed below, may not meet the current expectations of a watershed-based plan. 

Title of Plan

Completion Date

Hurricane Creek Watershed-based Plan

11/01/2016

Apple Canyon Lake Watershed Based Management Plan  

09/01/2016

Silver Creek Watershed-based Plan  

07/15/2016

Spring Branch Watershed Implementation Plan  

07/01/2016

Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed-based Plan 

3/1/2016

Buffalo Creek Watershed-Based Plan 

12/1/2015

Upper Silver Creek Watershed-based Plan 

11/1/2015

Spring Brook No. 1 Watershed Plan 

11/1/2015

Thorn Creek Watershed Based Plan 

12/1/2014

Lake Mauvaise Terre Watershed Implementation Plan 

10/31/2014

Big/Long Creek Watershed TMDL Implementation Plan 

8/31/2014

Big Ditch Watershed TMDL Implementation Plan 

8/31/2014

East Branch South Branch Kishwaukee River Watershed-based Plan 

7/15/2014

Candlewick Streams and Lakes Conservation Plan 

7/1/2014

9 Lakes Watershed-based Plan 

6/1/2014

Mill Creek Watershed and Flood Mitigation Plan 

4/8/2014

Long Run Creek Watershed-Based Plan 

3/31/2014

Buckbee Creek Watershed Based Plan 

7/31/2013

Madigan Creek Watershed Based Plan 

7/31/2013

Woods Creek Watershed Based Plan 

1/1/2013

Jelkes Creek - Fox River Watershed Action Plan 

12/19/2012

Spring Creek Watershed-Based Plan 

9/1/2012

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Plan

12/31/2011

Blackberry Creek Watershed Action Plan

12/30/2011

Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed Action Plan

12/1/2011

North Mill Creek-Dutch Gap Canal Watershed-Based Plan 

11/1/2011

Embarras River Watershed Management Plan

10/1/2011

Clear Creek Watershed Action Plan

9/30/2011

Cedar Lake Watershed Needs Evaluation

8/1/2011

Watershed Plan for Highland Silver Lake Watershed

7/1/2011

Lower DuPage River Watershed Based Plan

6/1/2011

Hickory Creek Watershed Plan

6/1/2011

Indian Creek, Dago Slough, and Prairie Creek LRS/TMDL

12/16/2010

Crystal Lake Clean Lakes Phase 1 Protection Plan

9/1/2010

Aux Sable Creek Watershed Plan

6/1/2009

Staunton Lake Phase 1 Diagnostic Feasibility Study

5/1/2009

Jackson Creek Watershed Plan – Technical Report

4/1/2009

Rock River Ravines Watershed Plan 2008

12/1/2008

Upper Kishwaukee River Watershed Plan – Technical Report

11/1/2008

Dead River Watershed - Based Plan

9/1/2008

Lawrence Creek Watershed Plan – Technical Report

9/1/2008

Kellogg Creek Watershed - Based Plan

9/1/2008

Beaver Creek Watershed Action Plan – Technical Report

9/1/2008

Big Bureau Creek Watershed Based Plan

8/5/2008

Greater Bear Creek Area Watershed Plan

7/1/2008

Spring Lake Watershed Plan

7/1/2008

Evergreen Lake Watershed Plan

7/1/2008

Lower Part of the Upper Sangamon River Watershed Resource Plan

6/25/2008

Lake Bloomington Watershed Plan

6/17/2008

Watershed Implementation Plan for Lake Vermilion and the North Fork Vermilion River

6/1/2008

North Branch Chicago River Watershed-Based Plan for Lake and Cook Counties, Illinois

5/22/2008

Mary’s River/North Fork Cox Creek TMDL Implementation Plan

4/3/2008

Fish Lake Drain Watershed Management Plan

4/1/2008

Bull Creek/Bulls Brook Watershed-Based Plan

3/31/2008

Shoal Creek Watershed TMDL Implementation Plan

3/17/2008

Crab Orchard Creek Watershed TMDL Implementation Plan

3/6/2008

Georgetown Lake TMDL Implementation Plan

3/4/2008

The Tyler Creek Watershed Plan

3/1/2008

South Fork Saline River/Lake of Egypt Watershed TMDL Report

2/28/2008

Paris Twin Lakes TMDL Implementation Plan

2/28/2008

The Nippersink Creek Watershed Plan

2/1/2008

Cedar Creek/Cedar Lake TMDL Implementation Plan

2/1/2008

Upper DuPage River Watershed Plan

12/31/2007

Flint Creek Watershed-Based Plan

12/31/2007

Waukegan River Watershed Plan

12/31/2007

Lake Carlinville Watershed Plan & Phase 1 Study

12/1/2007

South Fork Sangamon River/Lake Taylorville Watershed TMDL Report

12/1/2007

Bay Creek Watershed TMDL Report

11/1/2007

Eagle Creek Watershed Plan

8/11/2007

Cahokia Creek/ Holiday Shores Lake Watershed TMDL Report

8/1/2007

East Fork LaMoine River Watershed TMDL Report

8/1/2007

Poplar Creek Watershed Action Plan

7/1/2007

Clinton Lake Watershed Management Plan

6/29/2007

Watershed Implementation Plan for the Upper Salt Fork of the Vermilion River

5/1/2007

TMDL Implementation Plan Macoupin Creek Watershed

2/1/2007

Mauvaise Terre Creek Watershed TMDL Implementation Plan

12/1/2006

Rayse Creek Watershed Management Plan

11/30/2006

Hodges Creek Watershed TMDL Implementation Plan

11/1/2006

Kinkaid Lake Phase 1 Diagnostic/Feasibility Study

9/1/2006

Glenn Shoals Lake Phase 1 Diagnostic Feasibility Study

9/1/2006

Indian Creek Watershed Plan

6/1/2006

Raccoon Lake Phase 1 Diagnostic Feasibility Study

6/1/2006

Kinmundy Old Reservoir Phase 1 Diagnostic & Feasibility Study

9/1/2005

Patriots Park Lake Phase 1 Diagnostic Feasibility Study

6/1/2005

Dutchman Creek TMDL Report

10/1/2004

Casey Fork TMDL Report

10/1/2004

Vandalia Lake TMDL Report

10/1/2004

Sequoit Creek Watershed Plan

7/1/2004

Beaucoup Creek TMDL Report

6/1/2004

Squaw Creek Watershed Management Plan

5/1/2004

Total Maximum Daily Load Development for Fox River

4/1/2004

Lake Paradise Phase 1 Diagnostic/Feasibility Study

3/1/2004

Campus LakePhase 1 Diagnostic/Feasibility Study

3/1/2004

Tenmile Creek Watershed Restoration Plan

1/1/2004

Partridge Creek Watershed Restoration Plan

1/1/2004

Ackerman Creek Watershed Restoration Plan

1/1/2004