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H2Oktoberfest: Institutionalizing adaptation in water supply management
This October (and in September, much like real Oktoberfest) the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Josh Ellis is speaking at four conferences about different aspects of MPC’s water resources management work. At the same time, the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread recently culminated six…
H2Oktoberfest: Overgovernance and undergovernance of stormwater management
This October (and in September, much like real Oktoberfest) the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Josh Ellis is speaking at four conferences about different aspects of MPC’s water resources management work. At the same time, the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread recently culminated six…
Taking Action: The Municipal Partnering Initiative
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant David Garza
  • Aug 6, 2014
Across the country, governments are investing in efficiency. Motivated by budget crunches, scarce resources, service duplication and the desire to spur economic development, public officials are exploring consolidation, collaboration and other means to better serve their constituents. In this…
Taking action: Choosing consolidation
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant David Garza
  • Jul 9, 2014
Across the country, governments are investing in efficiency. Motivated by budget crunches, scarce resources, service duplication and the desire to spur economic development, public officials are exploring consolidation, collaboration and other means to better serve their constituents. In this…
Smart Systems, Resilient Regions
Resiliency is a tough thing. It’s tough to define what it is. It’s tough to plan for. It’s tough to communicate. But at our “Smart Systems, Resilient Regions” roundtable on Tuesday, May 20, our three speakers attempted to do all those things. Generously sponsored by…
Taking action: Lake County governments pave the way for future collaboration
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant Jennifer Xia
  • May 5, 2014
Across the country, governments are investing in efficiency. Motivated by budget crunches, scarce resources, service duplication and the desire to spur economic development, public officials are exploring consolidation, collaboration and other means to better serve their constituents. In this…
Taking action: Where is Evanston Township now?
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant Jennifer Xia
  • Apr 30, 2014
Across the country, governments are investing in efficiency. Motivated by budget crunches, scarce resources, service duplication and the desire to spur economic development, public officials are exploring consolidation, collaboration and other means to better serve their constituents. In this…
Weather Proof: Collaborative stormwater solutions through optimization, communication and integration
This past weekend was a rainy one, followed by a rather jarringly snowy Monday, followed by a damp Tuesday melt. It was April 15, and pardon the pun, but the whole thing was pretty taxing for two groups of people—the system of actors involved in managing stormwater, and the system of actors…
Watershed Management Ordinance trainings light the path to reduced flooding and cleaner water
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant Caroline Rendon
  • Apr 2, 2014
Spring is here, which means May 1, the official day the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD) Watershed Management Ordinance goes into effect, is fast approaching. What’s exciting about this? In short, Cook County municipalities will have more and greener…
Measurable progress on our Immeasurable Loss
I like getting to comment on progress, and so I'm happy to note that a couple of weeks ago the Ill. Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR) posted proposed rule changes related to Lake Michigan water use permits for First Notice with Illinois' Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. That kicks off a…

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