About Us

The Hickory Creek Watershed is a vital subwatershed of the Lower Des Plaines Watershed. Due to intense residential and commercial development in the recent past, environmental degradation of Hickory Creek has occurred including heavy silt load pollution due to construction, increasing stormwater volumes that cause increasing erosion, replacement of natural drainage with storm sewer systems, and increasing discharges of treated wastewater. As a result, a team of local southwest suburban municipalities and local environmentally-focused non-profits have created the Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group with the goal of preserving the Watershed for future generations.

The Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group (HCWPG)
Residents, village and county leaders and conservation groups began meeting to focus on the challenges facing Hickory Creek and its watershed in 2007. The group is unusual because much of the leadership comes from representatives of the seven municipalities that govern most of the land in the watershed.


Meeting Minutes

Next Steering Committee Meeting


-2018 Bio-Blitz

-2017 Bio-Blitz

-2016 Bio-Blitz

2015 Bio-Blitz

2014 Bio-Blitz

Currently, the HCWPG includes representatives from:

  • City of Joliet
  • Village of New Lenox
  • Village of Homer Glen
  • Village of Mokena
  • Village of Tinley Park
  • Village of Orland Park
  • Forest Preserve District of Will County
  • Will County Stormwater
  • Huff & Huff Inc., a subsidiary of GZA
  • IL American Water

The Group is working to effectively reduce non-point source pollution, attain water quality and habitat improvements, and engage a wide range of audiences in the Group’s efforts. We are documenting sources of non-point source pollutants to facilitate the preparation of action plans, implementing simple demonstration BMP’s (Best Management Practices), participating in community education and outreach, and lastly, evaluating performance of local BMP projects.

Check out our “Decision-Maker’s” page for more information about the HCWPG>>

Funding for this project was provided, in part, by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.