Monthly Archives: September 2012

More than a pipe dream: The path forward for water utilities

By Matt Nichols “Financial issues, sustainability and optimized asset management practices.” Those challenges likely sound familiar to managers in any number of industries, especially amid the on-going economic malaise.  They are also the key themes that engineering consulting firm Black … Continue reading

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Rain Check: Regional Solutions to Stormwater Management

MPC Research Assistant Matt Nichols authored this post Imagine a Chicago where a long-polluted river serves as a genuine second waterfront for residents to enjoy.  Think of what could be possible if every property owner captured and re-used the thousands … Continue reading

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Illinois Water Conference, September 24-25

MPC’s Josh Ellis and Abby Crisostomo will speak September 24–25, 2012, 10 am–4 pm Illini Union, University of Illinois Champaign, IL The Illinois Water Conference brings together government employees, educators, corporate representatives, citizens groups and NGO members, and scientists to … Continue reading

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Lurie Garden thrives in drought, pointing at-home green thumbs to native plants

By Tina Seaman Due to this summer’s record heat, the native plants in the Lurie Garden, a perennial garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park, bloomed up to five weeks early. When WOWW spoke in early June to Jennifer Davit, the director … Continue reading

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A day in the life of the NWPA

  By Matt Nichols While it is easy for Chicagoans to become complacent about our water supplies because we live within a stone’s throw of the Great Lakes – 20 percent of the planet’s readily available fresh water – many … Continue reading

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Restoring Flows charts path to sustainable water future

                          By Matt Nichols American Rivers, a conservation group, and Ceres, a coalition of sustainability stakeholders, released a report earlier this year about the state of America’s water … Continue reading

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Dominican University presents lecture series on water issues

In this series of monthly lectures sponsored by the Albertus Magnus Society of the Siena Center at Dominican University, professors and guest speakers will explore the chemistry, history, spirituality and geopolitics of water, unraveling some of the complex ways this … Continue reading

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