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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.
  • Presentation
  • 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,…
All Systems Go: Engineering Sustainable Utility Solutions
The complete audio recording of this event is available for listening. Last week MPC hosted the third event in its infrastructure roundtable series, All Systems Go: Engineering Sustainable Utility Solutions, generously sponsored by ComEd and Peoples Gas. The event featured a top-notch panel: J.…
Making the most of a clean(ish) river
Having gotten a bad weather forecast from the guy at my local bike shop, I spent a fair amount of time this past Sunday—however long it takes to ride a bike 40 miles during high winds, driving rain, and a foot of standing water in the street in a few places in Evanston—thinking about…
WOWW's latest issue features May flowers, rain showers
Fresh produce is just one of many benefits of the rooftop garden Breanne Heath and Dave Vondle planted atop the Dill Pickle Food Co-op in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Hundreds of plants, ranging from tomatoes to hops, also help soak up rain – one of the only truly free resources…

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