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Water Management Resource Guide
  • Publication
  • (15 MB)
  • 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
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  • (2 MB)
  • 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…
Ed Collins on the life of water
  • Video
  • Feb 1, 2011
Ed Collins, Natural Resource Manager for the McHenry County Conservation District, explains the fundamental and philosophical difference between restoring water-rich environmehts and other ecosystems. Water moves, inspires, and lives. This was recorded after the Metropolitan Planning Council and…
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…
Right as Rain: Advancing Safe, Sustainable Water Reuse
  • Audio
  • 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…
Michael Webber on the energy-water nexus
  • Video
  • Aug 5, 2010
Metropolitan Planning Council and Openlands hosted a roundtable on Aug. 3, 2010, focused on the connections between energy and water use. This was the second event in our summer series, "Choosing our Water Future," and topics explored included: * The energy demands of water systems, and the water…
Tackle three urban challenges at Infrastructures for Change workshop 6/3
If you're a design practitioner, planner, engineer, environmental scientist, ecologists, or policy maker, you'll want to attend Archeworks' semi-annual Infrastructures for Change symposium on Thursday, June 3, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inspired by the 1909 Plan of Chicago, the symposium,…

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