BACOG'S Executive Board is composed of the Presidents of the Villages of Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes, and the Supervisors of the Townships of Barrington and Cuba.
Walt Kelly, Head of the Groundwater Science Section of the Illinois State Water Survey, was the guest speaker at BACOG's private well water testing event. Event held by the Barrington Area Council of Governments on October 5, 2016.
The BACOG Executive Board unanimously approved RESOLUTION #13-04 “Supporting the Establishment and Funding of a Comprehensive Groundwater Monitoring Program under the Barrington Area Council of Governments” on November 19, 2013. Establishing a baseline and then trends in water levels in the shallow aquifer system is necessary information moving forward. Water level data can provide an indication of “what we need to do” in upcoming years to protect the aquifer system that is virtually the sole water supply for the region.
In March, BACOG local officials and staff met with the Governor and area legislators to discuss issues of interest and concern to our community.
Our Groundwater: A presentation of the Barrington Area Council of Governments.
A 25 minute video developed for the elementary school classrooms of Barrington Community Unit School District 220. Topics include: the local shallow aquifer system, groundwater supply, water quality, wells, wastewater, sustainability, and government and personal action to protect groundwater. For students, their parents, and community members.
The Comprehensive Groundwater Levels Monitoring Program was established by the BACOG Executive Board in November 2013. It is comprised of three components:
Baseline Report of Shallow Aquifer Groundwater Levels Conditions
Establishment of Electronic Continuous Read-Satellite Monitoring Well Network
Annual and 5-Year Reports on Aquifer Conditions and Groundwater Level Trends
Wells were established in the monitoring well network through a contract with the U.S. Geological Survey. They are located on properties at the Villages of South Barrington, North Barrington and Lake Barrington.
Why is it Important to Test the Quality of My Well Water?
Most 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.
Through its partnership with the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS), BACOG is pleased to promote a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please click here to download a flyer for the program.
BACOG invited the Lake County Municipal League and the Northwest Municipal Conference to hear Dr. Tim Loftus speak about the 2014-16 strategic plan for the NWPA communities and to review the new NWPA/ISWS water reporting web tool. The program, along with Q&A, was recorded for local cable television. You can click on the link below to view it here.
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 presented a tabletop exercise to the Barrington Area Council of Governments, Police, Fire, Administrators and Emergency Management Coordinators. He used 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 emphasized that smaller communities may not have the resources necessary in the event of a disaster. Working together with neighbors and advance planning are crucial.
The Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) is a voluntary organization of elected officials representing six local villages and two townships in the Barrington area: Barrington, Barrington Hills, Barrington Township, Cuba Township, 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.
The BACOG office is located in Barrington Hills at 112 Algonquin Road in the Barrington Hills Village Hall. Our office islocated by the North Entrance door and parking is also available by the north entrance.
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.