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Madison, Monroe, St. Claire counties hold workshop on new stormwater management legislation

On Jan. 31, Metro-East counties and municipalities take next step in working together to prevent flooding, protect water quality

(Collinsville , Ill.) … At a workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Collinsville, Ill., stormwater management experts will explain how new state legislation can help counties and municipalities work together to prevent flooding, protect property values, and maintain water quality in three Metro-East counties – Madison, Monroe and St. Clair, three of only nine counties statewide eligible to opt into the legislation.

All three counties have weathered devastating Mississippi River flooding and other floods in the past. As part of their pledge to head off future flooding, county officials pushed hard to help pass SB1910 in 2005, legislation that authorized Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties – as well as Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall and LaSalle counties in fast-growing northeastern Illinois – to create stormwater management committees. Such committees were authorized more than a decade ago for six counties in northeastern Illinois – Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will – and have been successful helping local municipalities develop stormwater management plans and enacting county-wide ordinances to protect water quality and prevent flooding.

Stormwater management practitioners from active Illinois stormwater management committees will facilitate the Jan. 31 workshop. They’ll help participants understand the benefits of county and metro-wide stormwater management planning; learn how to organize a stormwater program that serves their local and regional needs; and develop a plan of action.

County board members, mayors, managers, engineers, consultants, public works professionals, and the public are encouraged to attend the workshop, at the invitation of Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan; Monroe County Board Chairman Dale Haudrich; and St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern. The workshop is funded by the McKnight Foundation and Lumpkin Family Foundation, with additional support from RJN Engineering and Christopher B. Burke Engineering.

WHAT:
A workshop to explain how new state legislation can help counties and municipalities work together to prevent flooding, protect property values, and maintain water quality in three Metro-East counties – Madison, Monroe and St. Clair.

WHO:
Mike Fruth, Coordinator, Metro East Regional Stormwater Management District, Madison County
Lenore Beyer-Clow, Director of Policy, Openlands, Chicago
Scott Goldstein, Vice President of Policy and Planning, Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago
Mike Warner, Executive Director, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, Libertyville, Ill.
Kay Whitlock, Vice President, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd., Rosemont , Ill.

WHEN:
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007
8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Collinsville Area Recreation District
10 Gateway Dr.
Collinsville, Ill.

REGISTRATION: The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Local officials and members of the public may request further information and register by contacting Ed Weilbacher, coordinator, Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation and Development, Inc., at (618) 566-4451 or ed.weilbacher@il.usda.gov; or Richard Mariner, project consultant, at (312) 953-1484 or rmariner@msn.com.

Members of the media may request further information and register by contacting Ed Weilbacher at (618) 566-4451 or ed.weilbacher@il.usda.gov; or Mandy Burrell, Metropolitan Planning Council communications associate, at (312) 863-6018 or mburrell@metroplanning.org.

 

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