Clean water

MPC is providing technical assistance to Lake Zurich on integrated water resources management.

For drinking, recreation, and industry

For the last several years, MPC has been leading the charge for the State of Illinois to enact policy change to enable non-potable water reuse, turning nuisances like stormwater and gray water into assets. Gov Pat Quinn signed HB4496 into law in 2012, establishing a timeline for completing an update of the Illinois Plumbing Code. Since then, MPC has been facilitating stakeholder meetings to reach agreement on draft code revisions that will be submitted next year to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), the Ill. General Assembly's legislative oversight committee.

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In 2010, MPC and Openlands launched What Our Water's Worth, a multimedia campaign featuring stories, facts and resources, to raise awareness about the value of water in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana.

Through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's Local Technical Assistance Program, MPC developed recommendations for an integrated water resources management plan for northwest suburban Lake Zurich, addressing every aspect of the village's water supply, wastewater treatment, and stormwater and flooding management. This is a useful blueprint for many other communities.

In 2011, MPC began working with the Northwest Water Planning Alliance—comprising five councils of government and five counties, including approximately 80 communities and encompassing over 1.3 million people—to establish uniform lawn-watering guidelines and other efficiency strategies to manage their groundwater and Fox River supplies more collaboratively and sustainably.

Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor is a model of public-private investment in green infrastructure, established by MPC in 2011.

The Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor is a model of public-private investment in green infrastructure, established by MPC in 2011. MPC is working with Chicago's 35th Ward to award $200,000 in Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant funding to local property owners for a variety of green infrastructure projects—including rain gardens, green roofs and walls, permeable pavement, and rain barrels—to leverage upwards of $65,000 in private investment to reduce stormwater runoff and flooding. MPC has a twofold goal for this 79-acre urban corridor along Milwaukee Avenue, between Kimball and California: to demonstrate that stormwater infrastructure can be an aesthetically pleasing community asset, and to provide Illinois Environmental Protection Agency with guidance on investing in green infrastructure in the future.

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