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Mary Ochsenschlager has been involved in watershed planning for Blackberry Creek for more than 10 years. Te creek runs through her property in Sugar Grove before entering the Fox River in Yorkville.


“We see what the problems are and what kinds of things can be done to solve them,” she said.


One of the main problems she sees is potentially unsafe levels of bacteria in the water caused by stormwater runoff and old septic systems, and “who knows what.”


“We’re exploring what kinds of things can be done to get the numbers down, making it safer and cleaner, not just for us, but for all of downstream,” she said. Downstream includes the Fox and Illinois Rivers, and other waterways flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.


Mary said the Environmental Protection Agency is charged with working on solutions under the Clean Water Act and needs input from stakeholders to solve problems they see in their areas.


“It’s interesting to bring these different people together with differen points of view,” she said. “I’m an environmentalist, but there are farmers, engineers, and developers involved in the discussions. When people are open-minded, everyone comes to understand each other and we are able to find a consensus.”


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