Illinois plan in the works since ’06 will get boost from Midwest, international experts at 5/16 symposium
use 18 billion gallons of water daily, and Southern Illinois University
researchers predict that number will climb to 23 billion gallons per day by
2025. To meet the water demand of a growing population--as well as thirsty
industrial and agricultural uses, including, potentially, substantially
increased ethanol production--a
2006 executive order
called for the creation of a statewide framework for water supply planning and
launched two regional water supply planning initiatives in northeastern and
progress made by the regional pilot groups,
still has more questions than answers
when it comes to its water future.
To help guide the
development of a state plan for effective regional water management,
experts and professionals from Illinois and across the Great Lakes will come
“Beyond Showerheads and
Sprinklers: Water Governance Solutions for Illinois,” an all-day conference on
Friday, May 16, 2008, in Chicago.
Sponsored by Openlands,
Metropolitan Planning Council, and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, the
conference is designed for state and local officials, agricultural and
industrial water users, planners, utility representatives, conservation
specialists, wastewater and stormwater management professionals, and other
will hear from internationally and locally recognized water experts and learn
what other Great Lakes states, including
, are doing to balance the need to
preserve water quality and quantity with the need to grow and develop. Scheduled
speakers include Peter Gleick,
president of the Pacific
Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security, Oakland, Calif;
Mary Ann Dickinson, executive director of the Alliance for Water Efficiency; and
Samuel W. Speck, former director of the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, former
chair of the Great Lakes Commission, and chair of the Water Management Working
Group of the Council of Great Lakes Governors.
Conference attendees also
will review a white paper written by Jack Wittman, president of Wittman Hydro
Planning Associates, Inc., a nationally recognized watershed hydrologist and
groundwater scientist. Feedback from attendees will help shape a plan for
“Beyond Showerheads and
Sprinklers: Water Governance Solutions for
,” a conference to develop recommendations for a
statewide water management plan in
Ph.D., President, Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and
Security, Oakland, Calif.
Gary Clark, Director, Ill. Office
of Water Resources, Ill. Dept. of Natural Resources
Carter, Chair, Regional Water Supply Planning Group of Northeastern
Brent O’Neill, Chair, East Central Illinois Water
Supply Planning Committee
Mary Ann Dickinson, Executive
Director, Alliance for Water Efficiency
Otto Doering, Ph.D.,
Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
Lokkesmoe, Director, Division of Water, Minnesota Dept. of Natural
Samuel W. Speck, Ph.D. former Director of the Ohio
Dept. of Natural Resources
President, Wittman Hydro Planning Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Ind.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Check-in and breakfast: 8 to 8:45 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,
including a luncheon address
Where: Union League Club of
65 W. Jackson Blvd.,
deadline to register is May 12. Register here.
Space is limited; early registration is encouraged. The cost of $50 covers
breakfast and lunch.
Media registration: Members of the
media may register free of charge by contacting Mandy Burrell Booth,
Metropolitan Planning Council, at 312-863-6018, or email@example.com; or Chuck Mutscheller, at
312-863-6260, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information: For more
information, prospective participants may contact Josh Ellis, Metropolitan
Planning Council, at 312-863-6045, or email@example.com; or Lenore Beyer-Clow, Openlands, at
312-863-6264, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the Union League Club has a
“Business Casual” dress code requirement. Jackets and ties are not required, but
shirts must have collars. Athletic attire and jeans are prohibited.