Category Archives: Stream of Consciousness

News, happenings, and commentary about water issues in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana

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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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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Water solidarity

When people talk about water scarcity and availability and helping communities get access to clean water, they often envision people in developing countries having to walk miles to get clean water. They don’t usually think about the problems we in … Continue reading

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Call for Presentations for County Green Conference

Call for Presentations County Green: Renewable Energy, Transportation and Water May 23, 2013 College of Lake County – Grayslake, IL Lake Country is one of the fastest-growing counties in Illinois and the nation. As Lake County continues to grow, so … Continue reading

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