Title: Regionally Coordinated Water Resource Planning
Webinar Type: Technical Webinar
Delivered on: 12/03/12
Credit hours for water operators & engineers: 1.00
Total Hours: 1.00
Presented By: Abby Crisostomo & Josh Ellis, Metropolitan Planning Council
SUMMARY: The Northwest Water Planning Alliance (NWPA) is an Illinois regional water supply planning group representing five councils of government, including roughly 80 communities in five counties (DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry) and encompassing over 1.3 million people in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago, all of which obtain their drinking water from groundwater aquifers or the Fox River. Cost: Illinois Section AWWA Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $30.00
In response to population growth in this part of the region and reports by the Illinois State Water Survey that groundwater aquifers are not recharging as quickly as they are being drawn down, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been assisting the NWPA with coordination of water supply and demand management strategies within and between communities, and ensuring those efforts are successfully implemented, monitored and enforced.
For example, over the past year, MPC and the NWPA have been working to establish a uniform lawn watering ordinance for member communities. By reviewing existing water conservation-related ordinances, surveying implementation strategies and impacts, and assessing lawn watering ordinance scenarios, MPC and the NWPA Technical Advisory Committee developed uniform ordinance language to be implemented and coordinated throughout the region. Development of this shared ordinance incorporated several rounds of input from a broad range of member communities and other stakeholders.
This session will describe the process and challenges of regional coordination, setting the stage for the NWPA’s next water conservation efforts and providing a model for other regional water supply planning groups to follow.
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Abby Crisostomo, Metropolitan Planning Council
Abby is an associate for the water resources program at the Metropolitan Planning Council, where she focuses primarily on environmental planning with an emphasis on water resources policy, planning and management. Some of her current work includes leading a project to provide technical assistance on water conservation to the Northwest Water Planning Alliance in Chicago’s far northwest suburbs, managing content and outreach for the What Our Water’s Worth campaign, and coordinating a property-level green infrastructure project in a south suburb of Chicago.Abby received her bachelor’s degree in law, letters and society from the University of Chicago and her master’s degree in urban planning and policy, with concentrations in community development and environmental policy, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was named the urban planning and policy student of the year. Abby is also on the board of Women in Planning + Development, and an active member of the American Planning Association Illinois Chapter Diversity Committee.
Josh Ellis, Metropolitan Planning Council