Shoreline, Streambank Stabilization Permits
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Shoreline / streambank stabilization problems are usually caused by an excessive amount of wave or ice action, frequent water level fluctuations, or energy being diverted from adjacent streambank / shoreline areas with more robust stabilization practices in place. Landowners often have to take action to correct these problems.
However, poorly planned or implemented stabilization projects may not only cause unintended consequences on the property where they are implemented, but on adjacent parcels as well.
For these reasons, the proper regulatory permits must be applied for, and approved, before any new shoreline / streambank stabilization practices can be installed, or before any major repairs that require the importation of materials, whether soil, sand, rock, concrete, railroad-ties, treated wood, seawall, etc.
Failure to obtain all the proper permits before implementing a shoreline / streambank project can result in fines, penalties, and prosecution by the permitting agencies.
To begin with, the Wonder Lake Master Property Owners Association (MPOA) does not issue ANY permits for new shoreline or streambank stabilization practices, or for repairs to existing shoreline practices. However, as part of applying for permits from McHenry County or the Village of Wonder Lake (as discussed below), a permit applicant may need to obtain a notarized signature from the MPOA which indicates that the MPOA is aware of the proposed project.
The MPOA also does NOT provide recommendations or endorsements of shoreline stabilization contractors. The best means of identifying potential shoreline contractors is to talk to your lakefront neighbors who have recently had shoreline work done, and to get their opinions on their satisfaction with the work that was done.
The applicable regulatory agencies are discussed below.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Any project that will result in the placement of material (soil, sand, rock, concrete, railroad-ties, treated wood, seawall, etc.) or grading / filling below the high water level of Wonder Lake: jurisdictional wetlands, or within / along any of the stream channels flowing into Wonder Lake, will require a regulatory permit or regulatory clearance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Contact Info: Regulatory Branch, 231 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Phone (312) 846-5530. Fax (312) 353-4110 Email
Information on the Army Corps Regulatory Program can be obtained from the following LINK
McHenry County Stormwater Ordinance
Under the County-wide McHenry County Stormwater Ordinance (MCSWO), any project that will result in the placement of material (soil, sand, rock, concrete, railroad-ties, or seawall) or grading / filling below the high water level of Wonder Lake; within regulatory flood plain areas; jurisdictional wetlands;, or within / along Nippersink Creek downstream of Thompson Road, will require a regulatory permit or regulatory clearance.
If the shoreline property is located within the Village of Wonder Lake, the Village should be contacted about applying for the MCSWO permit.
Contact Info: Village of Wonder Lake, 4444 Thompson Road, Wonder Lake IL 60097 (815) 728-0839
If the shoreline area is located within unincorporated McHenry County (not within the Village of Wonder Lake), then McHenry County Department of Planning and Development should be contacted about applying for the MCSWO permit.
The McHenry County Department of Planning and Development has its stormwater management permit application on-line along with an application checklist, LINK
The McHenry County Stormwater Ordinance can be downloaded at the following LINK
Contact Info: McHenry County Department of Planning & Development, 667 Ware Rd. Room 208, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-334-4560, Fax: 815-334-4546.