McHenry County hold forum about local water supply

A forum to teach residents, businesses, elected officials and municipal staff about the water supply in McHenry County and the need to protect it is scheduled for Wednesday.

The forum will be held virtually 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and is a free event open to the public, according to a news release. The first 100 people to register, and attend, will be eligible for a $15 gift certificate to a McHenry County restaurant.

“Water is essential for life and economic prosperity, yet few people understand where our water comes from or how sustainable our water supplies are,” the county said in the release.

The forum, which follows the McHenry County Board’s approval last November of the updated county Water Resources Action Plan, is meant to educate people about where McHenry County’s water comes from and what they can do to ensure that clean and sustainable water supplies are available into the future.

Professionally filmed presentations, each followed by a live question-and-answer session, will be given by County Water Resources Specialist Scott Kuykendall, U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologist Amy Gahala, and Illinois State Water Survey Hydrogeologist Daniel Abrams.

The forum will start at 5:30 p.m., with a 30-minute session in which viewers can meet with a number of experts in virtual rooms to get their questions answered on topics such as well maintenance and testing, flooding, conservation and agriculture. The presentations and live question-and-answer sessions will run from 6 to 7 p.m.

Registration can be completed at