Dear Editor:

In 2015, Lake Carroll Association forged a group of concerned staff and members wanting to develop a plan to protect and ensure the future sustainability of the community, and the surrounding watershed. Lake Carroll Association has since consulted with Olson Ecological Solutions, LLC to create a Watershed Planning initiative directed towards the preservation of our lake and natural resources. The East Fork Creek Watershed Resource Inventory and Plan Executive Summary defines the vision of the planning participants as such:

"Maintain and improve the agricultural, residential, and recreational community through mutual cooperation by sustaining and improving all uses of the land and water within the watershed so that all obtain the maximum benefit."

[The East Fork Creek Watershed Resource Inventory is a culmination of fact-finding and community awareness about the threats to the health of Lake Carroll and the East Fork of the Plum River, locally known as East Fork Creek. The East Fork Creek Watershed Plan provides direction and recommendations to improve the quality of these waters. These efforts were initiated by the Lake Carroll Association and supported by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, funded in part through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.] Olson 2019

In an effort to continually educate stakeholders and community members, Lake Carroll Association is hosting a Watershed Celebration dinner on Wednesday, Nov 6, from 5-8p.m. at the clubhouse restaurant. The menu lineup features a healthy, sustainable, and locally sourced dinner, highlighting the many ways our efforts affect our food sources.

Keynote speaker Margaret Krome from Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and several local agricultural partners are coming together to showcase our collaborative efforts and celebrate our shared commitment to sustainability.

Joe Rush

Lake Manager