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It’s raining, it’s pouring…What does that mean?
  • Apr 21, 2015
As April showers flood basements and cause general consternation, MPC’s Josh Ellis can provide some context In the past few years, big storms—and lots of them—have become a staple of spring in Chicago. Flooded basements, flooded streets and ruined possessions come with them. But…
Ready, set, rain! How one community is managing stormwater
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant Kelsey Pudlock
  • Apr 1, 2015
With spring around the corner, the Village of Midlothian is getting ready…RainReadySM! RainReady is an initiative started by the nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology to help residents and communities work together to plan, coordinate and find solutions to water-related problems that…
Calumet Stormwater Collaborative meeting materials
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant Kelsey Pudlock
  • Jan 20, 2015
The Calumet Stormwater Collaborative, facilitated by the Metropolitan Planning Council, has been working toward systemic stormwater management solutions since April 2014. Monthly meetings have enabled the Collaborative to identify the challenges and opportunities related to managing the region's…
Tuesdays at APA—Plants, Paddles, and People: Creating Community through Green Infrastructure and Waterfront Development in Blue Island, Ill.
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  • Nov 25, 2013
Slides from Tuesdays at APA—Plants, Paddles, and People: Creating Community through Green Infrastructure and Waterfront Development in Blue Island, Ill., presentation by MPC's Abby Crisostomo and Jason Berry of the City of Blue Island. Audio recording of the presentation can be found on the…
Putting the Infrastructure in Green Infrastructure
The term "green infrastructure" troubles me a bit. I think it's because it often seems to me that the "green" part gets a lot more attention than the "infrastructure" part, when in reality it's that latter half of the term that is probably more important. I think most people working in stormwater…
Blue Island to launch rain barrel initiative
  • Sep 26, 2012
City aims to reduce flooding through green infrastructure projects (Blue Island, Ill.) … To help manage stormwater in a flooding-prone neighborhood on the city’s northeast side, the City of Blue Island in September will partner with the nonprofit Metropolitan Planning Council and a…
Rain Check: Regional Solutions to Stormwater Management
MPC Research Assistant Matt Nichols authored this post Imagine a Chicago where a long-polluted river serves as a genuine second waterfront for residents to enjoy. Think of what could be possible if every property owner captured and re-used the thousands of gallons of rain water that falls on…
Applications now open for Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor in Logan Square
If people don't know where their water goes and how it gets there, how can they understand how to resolve community-wide problems like sewer overflows—which lead to personal problems like backyard, alley and basement flooding? That's the question driving the Milwaukee Avenue Green…
HB4496: A World Water Day miracle!
Update, March 28, 2012: The Illinois House approved HB 4496 by a vote of 100 to 14. Today is World Water Day, and beyond being a day to attend one of many water-themed conferences or install a faucet aerator (both good things to do), it's an occasion to reflect on the future direction of water,…
Blue Island turns stormwater into a resource
Watch this excellent video from ABC-7 to learn how the City of Blue Island, Ill., in south suburban Cook County, is energizing community members to help reduce flooding in one city neighborhood. Known as the Blue Island Blue Water initiative, this Illinois Millennium Reserve model project is using…

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