Glenbrook North High School
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) wants to know what you think about the impacts from floods, clean water, and protecting wildlife. Right now, the MWRD is seeking public comment on their draft Cook County Watershed Management Ordinance (WMO) which can help address the effects of stormwater on our river.
This is your chance to let the MWRD know that you care about the health of the watershed and the effects of development on the Chicago River.
The draft WMO is available at www.mwrd.org.
WHAT IS THE WMO?
The WMO will manage stormwater in development and redevelopment projects throughout Cook County. The WMO is intended to protect Cook County citizens from increases in flooding, protect the county’s natural resources, and to preserve and enhance water quality by requiring responsiblestormwater management.
WHY IS THE WMO NEEDED?
• The WMO will better protect wetlands and streams. Wetlands and streams provide vital habitat for fish, wading birds, ducks, beavers and other wildlife. They are also places where residents can fish, boat, canoe, kayak, picnic and enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the ordinance calls for buffers for these important natural areas, which will provide additional habitat.
• The WMO requires stormwater management controls that will help reduce flood damage to homes, businesses and natural areas. In addition to destroying peoples property, flooding destroys wildlife habitat and pollutes water.
• Every other county in the region has the equivalent of a watershed management ordinance. It's time that the citizens of Cook County enjoy the same protections.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Supporting the adoption of the WMO:
Voicing your support of the WMO is important to ensure it is adopted. The adoption of the WMO by the MWRD Board of Commissioners will:
- Protect remaining Cook County wetlands
- Promote green space that will protect water quality and provide wildlife habitat
- Promote practices designed to help rainfall soak into the ground
- Minimizes negative impacts of development in flood-prone areas
Calling for the WMO to be strengthened in a key area:
-The WMO needs to ensure that developments use commonly applied practices, like rain gardens, porous pavement, and green roofs, to capture rainwater where it falls and hold it in place so it can soak into the ground. These practices can reduce flooding while improving water quality and habitat.
Make your voice heard:
The MWRD has offered two venues for input to make sure the public is heard on this issue. Friends' urges anyone that is interested to attend the public meeting that will focus on the North Branch of the Chicago River. That meeting is scheduled for:
November 4, 2009 at 7 p.m.
Glenbrook North High School
2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
Please RSVP to John (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are able to attend the meeting and make a comment.
If you are not able to attend the meeting written comments are also being accepted by the MWRD untilDec. 31, 2009. Written comments should be directed to:
Mr. Joseph Sobanski, Director of Engineering
Attention: Stormwater Management Section
100 East Erie Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Thanks for your support of this important issue,