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Crystal Lake Green Drinks


In McHenry County, the first Wednesday of each month is Green Wednesday!

Our next gathering is June 1, 2016, from 5pm - 7pm

Saving the Gulf of Mexico, Cleaning up Illinois' Rivers and Lakes

Cindy Skrukrud, Clean Water Program Director of the Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter will describe efforts underway at the national and state levels and in the Fox River watershed to clean up nutrient pollution. In 2015 Illinois released its Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy which guides state efforts to improve water quality at home and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our lakes, streams, and rivers. Last December the Fox River Study Group adopted its Fox River Implementation Plan designed to resolve the Fox's problems with nutrient-caused algal blooms and low oxygen levels.

Skrukrud has worked on Illinois water issues for the Sierra Club for the past 17 years. Prior to that she was Executive Director of the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. She continues to chair the Defenders' Water and Natural Resources Protection Committee and is a board member of the Nippersink Watershed Association. She also serves on the Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council and on the board of Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.


References for the HAVE FUN! Local Adventure Ideas presented in May:

Local Forest Preserve/Conservation District Websites

Interesting Local Places:
Official State Visitor/Tourism Websites
Convention and Visitors Bureau
Municipality Websites
Chambers of Commerce
Main Street organizations
Local Historical Society

Mapping it:
Google maps


Map My Ride

Recommended Bike Route finding:

Ride Illinois:

Wiconsin Bicycle Advoicates:

McHenry County Bicycle Advocates:

Strava Heat Map:

Paddling Info:


Miles Paddled:

Paddle Clubs:

                Prairie State Canoeist:

                American Canoeing Association:

                Illinois Paddling Council:


Tentative future topics:

July 6, 2016: Ticks

August 3, 2016: The Importance of Native Bee Conservation, presented by Jean Foley

September 7, 2016: Nature photography

October 5, 2016: Smart Grid

November 2, 2016: Rehabbing

December 7, 2016: Wine

Join us at Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main Street in Crystal Lake. Head upstairs at Duke’s for info and inspiration, business and pleasure. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Must be 21 to purchase alcohol - non-alcoholic drinks are available, of course!

We have an information table set up, and you are welcome to bring information about your green products and services each month to share. 

Additional parking is available at the train station.

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