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State Sen. Susan Garrett to Launch First-Ever Illinois Water Supply Initiative at June 5 News Conference

Landmark program will address projected water shortages and quality issues in northeastern Illinois through a comprehensive, newly funded plan

(Chicago) …State Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) and regional and statewide advocates for a clean, abundant water supply will mark World Environment Day – celebrated across the globe each year on June 5 to spur political action on environmental issues – by launching the Illinois Water Supply Initiative, the state’s first step toward a much-needed comprehensive approach to managing our water resources. The news conference will take place Monday, June 5, at 11 a.m., at the John G. Shedd Aquarium on Chicago’s Museum Campus.

“The Illinois Water Supply Initiative is groundbreaking and marks the state’s first step toward heading off projected water shortages and quality issues in Chicagoland and across the state,” said Sen. Garrett. “Ever-increasing demands for water, combined with legal and physical limitations, are putting a strain on water supplies in areas throughout Illinois, including the greater Chicago metropolitan region. Through this initiative, the state will create a system for managing our water resources to ensure adequate supplies of clean water at a reasonable cost today and in the future.”

More than $1 million in state funding for the Illinois Water Supply Initiative was proposed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and approved by the Illinois General Assembly as part of the FY06 budget. The program will be administered by the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources. The creation of a statewide framework for water supply planning and management was the major recommendation of the report Troubled Waters: Meeting Future Water Needs in Illinois, co-released in January 2006 by the Campaign for Sensible Growth, Openlands, and Metropolitan Planning Council. For a copy of the report, visit www.metroplanning.org/uploads/cms/documents/TroubledWaters.pdf . ______________________________________________________________________________________

What:
News conference to launch the Illinois Water Supply Initiative, the state’s first-ever comprehensive approach to protecting water for Illinois ’ future

Who:
Steven Frenkel, Senior Policy Development Advisor – Environment & Energy, Office of Gov. Rod Blagojevich
State Sen. Susan Garrett, ( D-Lake Forest )
Joyce O’Keefe, Deputy Director, Openlands
Scott Goldstein, Vice President of Policy and Planning, Metropolitan Planning Council

When:
Monday, June 5, 2006
11 to 11:30 a.m.

Where:
The event will take place at the John G. Shedd Aquarium on Chicago’s Museum Campus. Media may park on the south side of the aquarium in the loading dock, and will be directed from there to the press conference.

For more information, please contact Mandy Burrell, MPC communications associate, at (o) 312-863-6018, (c) 773-640-1206, or mburrell@metroplanning.org; or Holly Goldin, Openlands communications manager, at 312-427-4256 or hgoldin@openlands.org; or State Sen. Susan Garrett at 847-433-2002 or ilsenate29@sbcglobal.net. World Environment Day is an annual event sponsored by the United Nations to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment. Learn more at www.unep.org/wed/ .

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