BACOG Recognizes Water Resource Initiative Volunteers
At a BACOG meeting in June, a group of area volunteers was recognized with a small reception to thank them for the work they have been doing for the past 13 years. They have and continue to identify and address issues with groundwater in the Barrington region. The council and committee members have developed ongoing water consumption reports, created a three-dimensional model of the shallow aquifer system, mapped groundwater recharge areas and created public education initiatives.
It's A Derecho!
Kent McKenzie, CEM, Emergency Management Coordinator, Lake County EMA
Kent McKenzie presents a tabletop exercise to the Barrington Area Council of Governments, Police, Fire, Administrators and Emergency Management Coordinators. Using a powerful, straight line windstorm as an example (A Derecho) with 100 mph winds which could potentially displace residents, damage property, cut off resources, block roads and shut off power.
He said, there is a unique challenge for smaller communities that individually may not have the resources necessary in the event of a disaster. Working together with your neighbors and advance planning are crucial.
Lake County Leaders Summit Focuses on Collaboration
More than 100 government, business, and civic leaders came together for the first ever Lake County Leaders Summit. The group discussed opportunities to collaborate, including sharing services and joint bidding, and making investments in transportation, access to public transit, healthcare, and housing. There will be four regional leadership roundtables around the county in March to delve deeper into these issues and explore ways to collaborate and work effectively together.
The Healthier Barrington Coalition is a community based group that collaborates to improve the quality of life in the Barrington area. A sub-group of the Coalition has been convening the past several months to determine what specific needs exist for persons 50 years and older. We would like to invite your organization to participate in this assessment by distributing the following survey link and/or providing printed copies of the survey to your clients, members, etc. If you would like a printed version, please contact either Julie Mayer Julie.email@example.com or Joyce Palmquist firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Thanks for supporting the Healthier Barrington Coalition.
Why is it Important to Test the Quality of My Well Water?
Most of the Barrington area residents drink water that is drawn from the shallow aquifers and bedrock that lie within the first several hundred feet below ground surface. The state requires public water supplies to be tested for a wide range of contaminants on a routine basis, but with private wells that serve just one or two households, there is no regulation requirement for routine testing on existing wells– that means you are responsible for making sure your water is safe to drink!
Households with private wells are advised to test for bacteria and nitrates on an annual basis to detect these invisible, odorless contaminants. These contaminants can result from animal or human waste or fertilizer components reaching the well water and can cause illness in humans. The test is fast, easy and inexpensive, and the Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) is working with Lake County Health Department to make it even easier.
Free Online Training for Private Well Owners
Through its partnership with the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS), BACOG is pleased to promote a new nationwide training initiative offered by the ISWS called the Private Well Class. This is a free online course that helps homeowners understand and care for their water well. The program combines a 10-part online class with live, interactive seminar events in which the material will be reinforced and questions answered. Please visit The Private Well Class website or contact email@example.com for more information. Please click here to download a flyer for the program.
The Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) is a voluntary organization of elected officials representing seven local villages and two townships in the Barrington area: Barrington, Barrington Hills, Barrington Township, Cuba Township, Deer Park, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington, and Tower Lakes.
As a regional planning organization, BACOG serves to 1.) develop, implement and uphold the BACOG Comprehensive Plan, 2.) develop and promote policies, plans and priorities for regional growth, development and conservation, 3.) discuss, study and act on issues of regional interest and concern, and 4.) promote cooperative arrangements for shared services, intergovernmental agreements, and shared districts.
Water Level Monitoring
Village of Barrington Hills
112 Algonquin Road Monitoring Well
The BACOG office is located in Barrington Hills at 112 Algonquin Road in the Barrington Hills Village Hall. Our offices are located by the North Entrance door and parking is also available by the north entrance.
BACOG Office Hours: 9:30 AM-5:00 PM Monday through Thursday. Closed on Fridays. (Get Directions)
The Barrington Area Council of Governments complies with the Freedom of Information Act. Should you wish to review or reproduce any public records, please contact the BACOG office to receive the Barrington Area Council of Governments Illinois Freedom of Information Act Request Form. You will be contacted regarding your request upon receipt of the completed form. Please be advised a copying fee may be charged depending upon the request.