About Us
  Our Mission
  It is the mission of the Nippersink Watershed Association, working in partnership with watershed stakeholders, to pursue watershed planning, outreach, and implementation actions that will protect, preserve, and enhance the irreplaceable natural resources found in the Nippersink Creek watershed.
  We generally meet the 1st Thursday of each month
at 7:00 pm
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Support Nippersink Watershed Association
The activities of the Nippersink Watershed Association are funded solely by grants and donations from those who are interested in taking an active role in protecting and enhancing the quality of the Nippersink.

As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, your donations to the NWA are fully tax-deductible, and help keep our important watershed management efforts moving forward.
The Nippersink Watershed Association Board
Orrin Bangert was a biologist working for 28 years in research and  development of agricultural products.  He and his wife currently live on their farm in the Nippersink Headwaters, where they have a Christmas tree farm, in addition to raising corn and soybeans.  The Bangert’s are in the process of reestablishing native prairie and wetland on a significant portion of the family farm.  Orrin is a director for the McHenry County Soil & Water Conservation District, a member of the Alden Township Planning Commission, and a volunteer steward for the McHenry County Conservation District - High Point unit.
Tom Cooper is a Retired corporate executive of a major international corporation.  Tom has been continuously involved in active Nippersink Creek watershed planning for more than 25 years.  He resides in Wonder Lake, where he is actively involved in the restoration and enhancement of Wonder Lake, an 830 acre lake on Nippersink Creek.
Dick Hilton is a retired middle school teacher who relocated his family to McHenry County several years ago. He has been actively assisting in developing and implementing the Nippersink Creek Watershed Plan.  He is also involved in on-going efforts to restore and enhance Wonder Lake.  Dick is an associate director of the McHenry County Soil & Water Conservation District, and serves as the administrative support person for the Illinois Lake Management Association.
Dennis Palys has been a resident of Wonder Lake since 1978. His involvement in community affairs started in 1984 when he led his subdivision through a road rebuilding project and other successful upgrades, and continues today with his leadership of the Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce. In 1989, he began a landscape design/build company in Wonder Lake. He and others worked with the McHenry County Environmental Defenders on a voluntary leaf pick-up project that eventually led to Wonder Lake's current leaf pick-up policy and contributed to McHenry County's leaf collection program.  Dennis is also a founding member of the Coalition to Annex Wonder Lake and has / is involved with other community minded groups.
Cindy Skrukrud has lived in Solon Mills for 23 years.  For the past decade she has been employed by the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club as their Clean Water Advocate.  Prior to that, she was Executive Director of the McHenry County Defenders from 1993-1999.  She continues to be an active volunteer with the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, serving as chair of their Water Resources Protection Committee.  She has also chaired the multi-stakeholder Fox River Study Group since its formation in 2003. She works to protect the water quality of rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands throughout Illinois.
  Randy Stowe serves as the Watershed Manager for the Nippersink Watershed Association.
Randy was the principal author of the Nippersink Creek Watershed Plan, and also serves as the Lake Manager for Wonder Lake.  Randy has 26 years of environmental planning and design / build restoration experience, with projects located across the eastern United States.  Randy and his family have a farm in the Nippersink Headwaters, most of which has been restored to native prairie, wetland, and woodland.  Randy also serves as a volunteer steward for the McHenry County Conservation District - High Point unit.
Nippersink Watershed Association
7602 Hancock Drive, Wonder Lake, Illinois 60097