Planning and Development - Division of Water Resources

Water Resources Division


faucet with water dripThis Division is responsible for stormwater management and planning for the protection and sustainable use of the County's water supply. McHenry County is dependent on groundwater for 100% of its potable water, including all private and public water supplies.

This Division responds to concerns regarding site grading, flooding, drainage, and wetlands. Division staff assists property owners in obtaining stormwater management permits and reviews building permits for compliance with stormwater regulations.

Division staff also serves as the liaison to the Stormwater Management Commission and the Stormwater Technical Advisory Committee and the Groundwater Taskforce. 


We need your help! McHenry County and all the communities within are currently engaged in a planning process to become less vulnerable to natural disasters. Your participation in this brief survey is very important to ensure your voice is heard. The county is working to update its 2010 Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, which must be updated every five years per federal regulations.  The purpose of this Plan is to identify and assess our community’s natural hazard risks and determine how to best reduce or manage those risks.  This questionnaire provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process.  The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that should help lessen the impact of future hazard events.

An electronic version of the survey is available on the McHenry County Home page under Latest News at:   Please help us by completing this survey by December 18, 2015.

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