Woodland Drive Study Area

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  • November 7, 2018: Coordination with the Army Corp of Engineers is ongoing.
  • September 26, 2018:  The design engineering is being finalized.  
  • September 5, 2018: A permit application for the Woodland Channel reconnection was submitted to the Army Corp of Engineering for their review and approval. 
  • June 13, 2018:  Christopher B. Burke Engineering is working on the permitting and design for the reconnection of the Woodland Channel to the East Street swale.  
  • February 7, 2018: City staff met with the residents of the Woodland Drive and Green Oaks areas for a final check-in. View the presentation slides.  
  • January 22, 2018: Letters were mailed to all residents in the area inviting them to the open house.  
  • August 10, 2017: City staff met with property owners. Meeting minutes are here
  • July 31, 2017: Letters were mailed to all residents in the study area inviting them to the open house.
  • July 18, 2017: City council presentation to review the stakeholder engagement process to review and refine improvements to reduce the risk of flooding.
  • June/July 2017: City experienced successive and extreme rain events leading to the total rainfall for June and July of almost 20 inches, over double the normal average.
  • November 19, 2012: Construction of the North Shore Drive project was substantially complete. With the construction of this project, the water that used to overtop North Shore Drive and go directly into the Woodland Channel was redirected safely under North Shore Drive and no longer flowed into the Woodland Channel.
  • 2009-2011: Design of the North Shore Drive project was completed. Click here for a summary of the project. Coordination between the City and the property owner at 740 Woodland Drive occurred during this time in an attempt to obtain an easement so the Woodland Channel could directly connect to the new swale to the Lake so the Woodland Channel would have an outlet. The easement could not be obtained and the connection did not occur.
  • March 2009: A flooding study was completed which helped determine the causes of the flooding and conceptual solutions. Due to the complex nature of the Country Club area, a separate study was initiated for this area.
  • August 2007: Successive rain events led to Crystal Lake receiving between 11 and 12 inches of rainfall which produced the highest lake level ever recorded and areas around the lake experienced significant flooding.



Woodland Drive Study Area

  • Many of these homes were initially built in the 1920s and 1930s as summer cottages and three-season homes.
  • As the demand for year-round homes in Crystal Lake grew, these homes were converted to year-round residences.
  • The Channel receives water from precipitation and a storm sewer pipe from Route 14 that was installed prior to 1986 based on City records. 
  • The Woodland Channel is owned by the residents that front the channel.
We want to hear from you! Please submit your questions, concerns, and stories to stormwatersolutions@crystallake.org

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