Woods && Wetlands

Woods & Wetlands

Sprawl
and
Our Environment

Proposed Overdevelopment

Updated 7/9/08

Partial listing of only the W&W Region
Click Here!Red Oak School Woods Click Here!Costco/ Lake Forest
Click Here!Fiddle Creek Click Here!Baker Wetlands Click Here!Sequoit Creek Watershed Plan Click Here!Indian Creek, Lincolnshire
Click Here! Antioch Bog vs.
Neumann Homes
Click Here!  Lochanora Watershed vs. Lake Zurich School Plans Click Here!Vernon Hills NIKE Site Click Here!Lake Napa Suwe, Wauconda

Tools & Alternatives
    Click Here! Zoning Change Requirements Click Here! Erosion Control Enforcement
Click Here! How to Save Your Wetland Click Here! ADID Wetlands Click Here! USACOE Wetlands Destruction Public Comment Notices Click Here! National Environmental Policy Act: EIS Requirements
Click Here! Information relevant to all sprawl sites.
Click Here!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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