Water

HIGHLAND SILVER LAKE WATERSHED

Madison and Bond Counties | 31,038 Acres

Drains to: Highland Silver Lake

Communities: Highland, Grantfork, New Douglas, Old Ripley

Townships and Districts: Burgess, Leef, Marine, New Douglas, Old Ripley, Saline

Impairments: Dissolved oxygen, fecal coliform, alteration in streamside or littoral vegetative covers, other regime flow alterations, changes in stream depth and velocity patterns, and loss of instream cover

Watershed Plan Completed: Underway (2021)

About This Watershed

Highland Silver Lake is a 550-acre lake that supplies water to more than 5,000 customers in the City of Highland, the Village of St. Jacob, the Village of Grantfork, the Village of Pierron, and unincorporated areas in Madison and Bond counties. People use the lake for boating, fishing, and other recreational activities. The lake receives large amounts of sediment and other pollutants as a result of soil erosion upstream.

Funding Opportunities

The Highland Silver Lake watershed Illinois EPA 319 Nonpoint Source Grant opportunity ended in Fall 2021. Thank you to the City of Highland and the many landowners who participated in the program.