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Everyone in Chicago should have equal access to our rivers
  • By Chloe Gurin-Sands, Masters student, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jun 15, 2015
I recently had the chance to meet with Josh Ellis and Kara Riggio of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) to learn more about their Great Rivers Chicago Project. The mission of the project is to reimagine and revitalize how we as Chicagoans interact with our rivers. The City of Chicago has more…
Chicago River Day 2015: Using play to engage
We have all been to community meetings that involve a city official listing off the nearly final plan for a corridor in your neighborhood or revealing the design for your local park. Not only are these meetings often aggravating, since participants feel left out of the process and unable to…
Water Management Resource Guide
  • Publication
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  • Dec 9, 2013
Preview the contents. To address the rising cost of water and the need to conserve limited resources, the DuPage Water Commission (DWC) created a Water Conservation and Protection Program. The purpose of the WCAPP is to provide all water users in DuPage County with a consistent message about water…
NWPA Executive Committee endorses new lawn watering ordinance for region
  • Nov 13, 2012
(Elgin, Ill.) ... The Executive Committee of the Northwest Water Planning Alliance (NWPA) endorsed new lawn watering guidelines on Nov. 8, 2012, setting the stage for the group’s approximately 80 member municipalities to consider adopting local ordinances in accordance with the…
Recommendations for Integrated Water Resources Planning in Lake Zurich
  • Publication
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  • Jun 6, 2012
Water itself knows no political boundaries. Rivers flow from one community to another, aquifers span entire regions, rain falls where it will. Yet water resources management is inherently political. Northeastern Illinois’ 284 municipalities plan and implement many facets of water supply,…
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…
Illinois American Water environmental grants available
MPC Research Assistant Dan McDonell wrote this post. Illinois American Water (IAW), a private water supplier serving parts of the greater Chicago area, has announced that it is accepting applications for its 2011 Environmental Grant Program to improve and protect local watersheds. Created in…
Ed Collins on working with water and the value of ecosystem restoration
  • Video
  • Jan 27, 2011
Ed Collins, Natural Resource Manager for the McHenry County Conservation District, describes the imperative need to restore damaged ecosystems. This was recorded after the Metropolitan Planning Council and Openlands' Jan. 26, 2011 roundtable Letting it All Soak In: Nature's Role in Protecting…
Right as Rain: Advancing Safe, Sustainable Water Reuse
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  • Jan 21, 2011
Listen to this Dec. 16, 2010, recording of the MPC-Openlands roundtable, 'Right as Rain: Advancing Safe, Sustainable Water Reuse," to learn more about: water supply conservation, stormwater mitigation, and wastewater benefits of rainwater harvesting and grey water reuse, requirements for safe use…
Creating synergy between energy and development decisions
To pump, treat and deliver the 550 billion gallons of water metropolitan Chicago consumes annually, it takes as much energy as it does to drive nearly 4.9 million cars for an entire year. At an MPC-Openlands roundtable luncheon this past Tuesday, that statistic was one of many that drove home the…

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