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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…
More must be done to preserve water supply
This letter to the editor ran Dec. 7, 2009, in Crain's Chicago Business. Crain's recent coverage of projected water shortages in Northeastern Illinois drove home a fact many of us living near Lake Michigan are just beginning to realize: This region's water supply is valuable and limited, and we…
New report tackles projected water shortages, quality issues in Illinois
  • Nov 20, 2009
Chicago, IL—Today, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and Openlands, both longtime advocates for sustainable water supply management, released Before the Wells Run Dry: Ensuring Sustainable Water Supplies in Illinois, a joint report with recommendations for improving local and regional…
Every drop counts

“Before the Wells Run Dry,” a half-day forum hosted by MPC and Openlands on Oct. 13, drove home one key message: ‘Water waste and inefficiency we can solve; water scarcity is something our region must avert.’ 

Before the Wells Run Dry: Ensuring Sustainable Water Supplies for Illinois
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  • Oct 13, 2009
Listen to this recording of the Oct. 13, 2009, half-day forum, co-facilitated by Openlands and Metroplanning Planning Council, which examined recommendations for sustainable water supply planning. The event featured panel discussions on four topics paramount to Illinois' water future: reinventing…
Water supply shouldn’t be a buzzer beater issue
Michael Jordan, who was all over the news recently before his Hall of Fame induction on Sept. 11, provides the Chicago region with an invaluable cautionary tale for our water supply issues (which are also all over the news these days: check out Robert Glennon, a University of Arizona professor, who…
Reinventing public investment for a greener Chicago region
  • Sep 10, 2009

The final installment of the MPC-CAF summer discussion series, "Reinventing Public Investment," focused on opportunities for more environmentally and economically sustainable energy, drinking water, and wastewater policies.

Northwest Indiana takes to heart Burnham’s famous appeal, “Make no little plans….”

The Marquette Plan, Northwest Indiana’s ambitious plan to revitalize and protect its Lake Michigan shoreline, reflects many of the ideals embodied in Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago. The plan earned MPC’s prestigious Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning in 2007.

Goal-Driven, Right-Sized and Coordinated: Federal Investment Reform for the 21st Century
In the midst of an unprecedented economic downturn, community, civic, government, nonprofit and foundation leaders across metropolitan Chicago are planting encouraging seeds of innovation. MPC has released a white paper documenting some of those innovative local efforts, and is seeking more examples to further build the case for federal investment reform.
Swimming upstream
Legislation requiring high-volume across Illinois to report their usage passed the House unanimously on May 19, 2009, and will soon be law. With this major victory toward sustainable water supply management, MPC now turns its attention to the state’s budget to ensure that this invaluable new data does not just run down the drain.

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