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Kishwaukee Watershed bus tour accepting RSVPs for June 8 tour

May 15, 2019 GMT

Nature lovers and aspiring hydrogeologists are invited to take part in a free bus tour of the Kishwaukee Watershed, a part of the Rock River basin that drains into seven different northern Illinois counties, on June 8.

The free, hands-on tour also includes a free lunch, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District. Space on the bus is limited, so interested people should RSVP by June 3 to the Conservation District at 815-756-3234 ext. 4, or email jeff.woodyatt.dekalbswcd@gmail.com.

The bus tour will immerse participants in agricultural and urban factors that affect the watershed, as well as a look at the current planning area for the watershed, the release shows.


It’s a unique chance for locals to learn more about the history of the watershed, the release shows.

The tour bus make five stops along the watershed: Bater Research Farm in Waterman; the headwaters of the south branch of the Kishwaukee River; the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District; a tour of the South Branch Kishwaukee Watershed to learn about best management practices; and Lions Park in DeKalb to research information about invertebrates and water quality testing.

Tour participants will be picked up at 8 a.m. at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Center for Agriculture, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore. The tour ends at 2 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the DeKalb County Community Foundation, and the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District, the release shows. Funding is provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.