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Industry leaders recognize stormwater management initiative

The Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management’s (IAFSM) annual conference, “Equal Partners,” convened over 450 local officials and industry professionals for two days of training in Tinley Park, Ill., on March 8 and 9. During an awards luncheon that recognized several entities and individuals for their contributions to floodplain and stormwater management practices, IAFSM honored the Metropolitan Planning Council with its 2006 Stormwater Management Award.

The Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management’s (IAFSM) annual conference, “Equal Partners,” convened over 450 local officials and industry professionals for two days of training in Tinley Park , Ill. , on March 8 and 9.

During an awards luncheon that recognized several entities and individuals for their contributions to floodplain and stormwater management practices, IAFSM honored the Metropolitan Planning Council with its 2006 Stormwater Management Award.

IAFSM recognized the Council for successfully brokering legislation (SB1910, Public Act 94-0675) that allows counties beyond the six-county Chicago metropolitan region to set up stormwater management committees. The Act grants authority to create stormwater management committees to the fast-growing, urbanizing counties on the edge of Chicago region that are facing increasingly urgent stormwater management issues -- Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Kankakee , Kendall , and LaSalle -- and to members of the Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan and Regional Planning Commission: Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties. . Up until now, only the six northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake , McHenry, and Will had the ability to set up such a committee.

MPC championed this legislation in partnership with Openlands under the auspices of the Campaign for Sensible Growth. The Conservation Foundation, the affected counties, and dozens of individuals and organizations played a significant role in supporting the legislation.

IAFSM also recognized MPC for mobilizing the grassroots effort last fall that triggered hundreds of calls into the governor’s office urging him to sign the legislation once the bill passed both chambers. As a result, Gov. Blagojevich signed PA 94-0675 in August 2005.

As part of the awards ceremony, Mike Fruth, coordinator of Metro East Regional Stormwater Management District, received his own Stormwater Management Award for his partnership with MPC, the Campaign and others, helping break an almost 14-year logjam of failed attempts to extend authority to quickly urbanizing counties. His hard work ensured that SB1910 was passed into law. In addition, the IAFSM paid tribute to Ill. Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), the bill’s sponsor, with a Legislation Award for his leadership on SB 1910 and floodplain issues overall.

The Metropolitan Planning Council, Openlands, and the Campaign for Sensible Growth are committed to working in partnership with local and county officials and industry leaders on stormwater management practices and policies; and eventually to expanding the enabling legislation statewide. The Council offers its assistance to the nine counties that directly benefit from this new law and pledges to continue bringing attention to water issues throughout Illinois .

More information on IAFSM is available at www.illinoisfloods.org .

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