Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) is committed to maintaining the water quality, biological health, and recreational uses of Lake McCarrons. CRWD and its partners completed the Lake McCarrons Management Plan in 2003 and have achieved many of the goals outlined in the plan. In 2018 the District completed the Lake McCarrons Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan. The district created a revised Lake McCarrons Management Plan in 2020 that also includes input from residents and community partners. The goals of the plan are:
- Goal 1: Maintain phosphorus and chloride concentrations below target levels in Lake McCarrons and reduce the water quality impact of other pollutants.
- Goal 2: Maintain a healthy, balanced aquatic ecosystem in Lake McCarrons.
- Goal 3: Promote sustained community stewardship of Lake McCarrons and its watershed.
- Goal 4: Reduce the risk of flooding to habitable structures and significant infrastructure surrounding Lake McCarrons and Villa Park.
- Goal 5: Support the recreational use of Lake McCarrons by achieving water quality and vegetation conditions consistent with the Lake’s intended uses, including swimming, boating, and fishing.
The Lake McCarrons Management Plan is an adaptive management plan and will be updated every few years as short-term actions are implemented and evaluated.