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Water, Water Everywhere? DuPage Water Commission leads efforts to better manage Lake Michigan water

By Marcella Bondie, LEED AP Standing on Lake Michigan’s beaches, it’s easy to think that we—those of us lucky enough to live within piping distance of a Great Lake—have an endless supply of water. However, as I discovered on May … Continue reading

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Green Infrastructure in the Emerald City

By Alex Murray This is the first of a series of blog posts written by students from the University of Chicago Environment Agriculture & Food Working Group as part of MPC’s research project on stormwater incentive programs. “Does it really … Continue reading

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Where does the water go?: A visit with the water level wizards at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

By Abby Crisostomo When it comes to water resources in Chicago, most people think immediately of Lake Michigan. But increasingly, the rivers, creeks, canals and channels that weave throughout the region are getting their day in the sun – from … Continue reading

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Federal bills propose innovative financing tools for water infrastructure

By Shannon Madden As the April 18 storm very potently illustrated, water infrastructure across much of northeastern Illinois needs critical attention. And as regions across the nation face challenges associated with decades-old water and sewer systems and limited federal funding … Continue reading

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Interviews reveal that stormwater requirements don’t impede development

By Shannon Madden If you’ve ever stood on the shores of Lake Zurich, you know how beautiful and clean the water is. And since you’re an avid WOWW reader, you also know that surface water quality is directly related to … Continue reading

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May brings four opportunities to learn about proposed changes to Lake Michigan permitting, water loss and resource management

Northeastern Illinois is losing Lake Michigan water, but how much? The “best” available information we have suggests we lose approximately 26 billion gallons of Lake Michigan each year (that’s over one Willis Tower full of water each week) due to … Continue reading

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A Most Effluent Adventure

By Josh Ellis A couple of weekends ago I skied on sewage and lived to tell the tale… Up in the western Maine woods the Carrabassett Valley Sanitary District converts sewage into effluent (they call it Snowfluent), and then rather than just dump … Continue reading

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Two Complementary Goals for Stormwater Management: Volume Control and Water Quality Improvement

By Shannon Madden We were excited to hear – and report back to our WOWW readers – two very different stories of stormwater management in northeast Illinois at the Illinois Section American Water Works Association’s WATERCON conference in March. A … Continue reading

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Green infrastructure builds community pride in Kansas City

By Shannon Madden Kansas City recently became the first in the country to incorporate green infrastructure in its official stormwater plans. To uphold its consent decree with the U.S. EPA and address past violations of the Clean Water Act, the … Continue reading

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Rainwater Cities of the (Near) Future

By Shannon Madden In a highly urban environment like northeast Illinois, we’re used to managing stormwater by sending it down the drain as fast as possible with gutters, pipes, and pavement. But since we pay to capture, convey, and treat … Continue reading

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