Lake County residents were able to save the the former Tom Sporre Wildlife area from a proposed residential development. The almost 80-acre restored wetland, a home for waterfowl, was sold at a sheriff’s auction through a series of unfortunate circumstances. The new owner wanted to develop this pristine wetland for residential purposes but concerned citizens mobilized in opposition. With the support of HEC, these residents convinced the Lake County Planning Commission to maintain the area’s current zoning, saving the wetland. This is a victory for wetlands rehabilitation and for all the residents in Lake County who enjoy the wildlife that the area offers.