Woods & Wetlands
Partial listing of only the W&W Region
|Red Oak School Woods||Costco/ Lake Forest|
|Fiddle Creek||Baker Wetlands||Sequoit Creek Watershed Plan||Indian Creek, Lincolnshire|
| Antioch Bog vs.
|Lochanora Watershed vs. Lake Zurich School Plans||Vernon Hills NIKE Site||Lake Napa Suwe, Wauconda|
Tools & Alternatives
|Zoning Change Requirements||Erosion Control Enforcement|
|How to Save Your Wetland||ADID Wetlands||USACOE Wetlands Destruction Public Comment Notices||National Environmental Policy Act: EIS Requirements|
|Density: Good or Bad?|
Because 40% of our territory was once wetlands, most proposed developments include plans to drain, fill, and build on
them. The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for working with other agencies to enforce the Clean Water Act, including
section 404 which regulates the dredging and filling of wetlands. Much of the rest of our territory was once prairies, and
although the soils they deposited are extremely valuable for their native flora, ability to absorb rain water, ability to
sequester CO2, and their agricultural productivity, there are no laws protecting them from development.
Recent improvements to the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance require larger buffers (100 ft.) around wetlands,
and since this tends to be wet prairies, it is a start. We are working with our elected representatives to get more protection
for these and other habitats that support our state threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In the mean time,
most of our work to Save Our Undeveloped Land will focus on using existing laws to protect wetlands.
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Sierra Club Policy
Sierra Club has had wetland policy since 1987, and it addresses the heart of the issues we are now facing with every development.
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