Posted on April 12, 2012 2:54 PM
Water 2050 Update, 4-12-12
Progress from CMAP
Through CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program
, staff has been working with the City of Evanston and the Village of Oak Park to develop water conservation and efficiency plans. On April 26, 2012, CMAP and the City of Evanston
will host a public meeting on draft recommendations from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for businesses and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for residents at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center (2100 Ridge Avenue, Room 2200, Evanston). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 847-448-8069 for more information. CMAP and the Village of Oak Park
hosted an April 10 open house on the development of water and energy reductions targets for the Village and to present draft recommendations.
CMAP is also working with the Village of Orland Park
to develop a new water conservation code. Public meetings were held in February and March to inform the community about the project and to gather input on preliminary recommendations. Read news coverage in the Orland Park TribLocal
, Orland Park Prairie
, Southtown Star
, and Orland Park Patch
. Analysis of Orland Park water use data shows that the residential sector is the largest consumer of water, followed by the commercial sector. The proposed ordinances include provisions for higher efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings in new construction. Plumbing fixtures and fittings recommendations are also closely aligned to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) WaterSense label
in which water efficient products are tested and certified to insure that products are at least 20 percent more efficient than the average while maintaining same or better performance standards. Lake Zurich Integrated Water Resources Report.
The Chicago Tribune
and the Daily Herald
both wrote about the Lake Zurich LTA project to develop an Integrated Water Resources Report
. The final draft of the report was presented to the Village Board for comments and feedback on April 2. Led by the Metropolitan Planning Council, CMAP, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) partnered in mid-2011 to examine Lake Zurich’s water systems (water supply, wastewater, and stormwater) in an integrated fashion to evaluate current conditions and provide suggestions for future water planning in the village. Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Plan.
CMAP and The Conservation Foundation have completed the Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Plan and held a meeting in March in Elgin for the Ferson-Otter Creek Coalition
to decide how to move the coalition forward toward supporting plan implementation. CMAP discussed obtaining Clean Water Act Section 319 nonpoint source pollution funding
for plan implementation efforts and recommended utilizing assistance from the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership
(FREP) if a community is considering applying for Section 319 funding. FREP will review and provide comments to 319 applicants before submissions are due to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) on August 1, 2012. Updated Water webpages.
Please visit the updated and new webpages in the Water
section of CMAP's website to learn about our water quality planning activities, including watershed planning, facility area reviews, and the volunteer lake monitoring program. Our Water 2050 implementation
section includes resources on water conservation planning, code updates, and water financing.
Progress in the Region
Water-Energy Nexus Survey Summary. The Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association's (ISAWWA) Water Efficiency Committee has released a Water-Energy Nexus Survey Summary Report. The report is the result of a two-year effort to collect water and energy data from public water suppliers with the purpose of better understanding the energy embedded in the state's water supplies. Energy intensity was one of the seven metrics that was analyzed both in terms of water source and utility size among respondents. Fifty utilities participated in the first round of data collection and utilities can still participate in the survey. The deadline for survey submissions is June 1. Fill out the survey on-line or contact Amy Talbot (email@example.com or 312-386-8646) to request a paper copy.
Spring lawn care. Although the region has experienced early spring weather, the Lawn to Lake program reminds residents that early spring fertilization is not only unnecessary, but can have detrimental effects on our water resources -- the fertilizer and pesticides we put on the lawn ends up in our water. U.S. EPA's website has a series of videos on healthy lawn care practices. Contact Margaret Schneemann for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-7455).
Water Usage Calculator. The Alliance for Water Efficiency recently released the Water Usage Calculator, an on-line tool that automatically compares estimated water use of an average home versus a water-efficient home in the same region with the same number of residents. The Water Usage Calculator also estimates the carbon footprint of a household's hot water use and helps identify areas where improved water efficiency may be possible. Visit the Alliance website to search the on-line water conservation and efficiency Resource Library, information on water efficient products, water news, and a water conservation tracking tool. For more information or to become a member of the Alliance, contact Mike Piskur (email@example.com).
New unwanted medicine disposal website. University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Indiana Sea Grant have developed a new website addressing proper medicine disposal. Medicine disposal is of concern because studies have found pharmaceuticals are present in U.S. waterways and in drinking water. IISG works with communities to develop local medicine collection programs. For more information, contact IISG Pollution Prevention Specialist Laura Kammin (firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-333-1115).
Climate change and water resources. The Natural Resources Defense Council has released Ready or Not: An Evaluation of State Climate and Water Preparedness Planning, an on-line resource regarding our state’s climate change preparedness. The U.S. EPA has also opened a public comment period on a draft of its National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change through May 17.
Great Lakes states sign deal on offshore wind farms. The State of Illinois, along with New York, Minnesota, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Obama administration to streamline development of offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes. The MOU is designed to facilitate and coordinate federal, state, and local interests as processes and proposals are considered for the development of wind farms in these states. Benefits of wind farms include the creation of jobs that for example, for every megawatt of wind power, up to 20 jobs could be created. In New York, it is estimated that 143,000 megawatts of power could be harnessed offshore. Aside from job creation, many other interests such as environmental impacts, social preferences, national defense, and water supply operations would need to be considered before any potential projects would move forward.
Illinois Coastal Management. The Illinois Coastal Management Program now makes the State of Illinois eligible for $2 million per year to address local priority projects such as invasive species, ecosystem restoration, and sustainable and economic development. The program received the Certificate of Approval from Governor Quinn in March.
Illinois plumbing code amendment. On March 28, 2012, the Illinois General Assembly passed HB4496, which recommends the Illinois Plumbing Code be amended to “reflect advances technologies and methods that more efficiently utilize natural resources and protect public health.” This amendment could signal increased water resource sustainability for the state. Currently, the code does not include provisions for rainwater harvesting for indoor non-potable uses.
Climate and water resources workshop. On April 17, a team of scientists from the University of Leeds will participate in "Water in a Changing World: A Comparison of Midwest and European Approaches" at the I-Hotel and Conference Center (1900 S. First Street, Champaign) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop will feature short presentations followed by panel discussions, including one on Urbanization and Water where CMAP's Tim Loftus will speak about Water 2050. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Contact the European Union Center at 217-2650-7515 for registration or more information.
Watershed Academy webcast. IEPA will host a free Watershed Academy webcast titled “Using the Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Nonpoint Source and National Estuary Projects” on April 17 from noon to 2:00 p.m. CT. The CWSRF is a large, flexible, and largely untapped source of funding for watershed protection projects. Each year the CWSRF provides funding stormwater and wastewater projects, as well as nonpoint source projects, such as land conservation, agricultural best management practices, and clean-up of contaminated sites. Register for the webcast on-line.
Earth Day luncheon. The Village of Winthrop Harbor will host an Earth Day Luncheon on April 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club. The event will focus on economic development along the Illinois Lake Michigan Shore and includes a lunchtime panel conversation where CMAP’s Hala Ahmed will speak.
Buffalo Creek Watershed. On April 25, the Buffalo Creek Clean Watershed Partnership (BCCWP) will hold its first public meeting at the Village Council Chambers (50 Raupp Boulevard, Buffalo Grove). The goal of BCCWP is to address issues including flooding, erosion, habitat loss, and water quality along Buffalo Creek, an 11-mile long stream that drains parts of eight communities in northern Cook and southern Lake Counties. Regional agencies including CMAP will participate and lead discussions of these issues, providing opportunities for citizens and communities to learn and voice their concerns. For more information, contact Jeff Weiss (email@example.com or 847-224-0965).
Project development workshop.
From June 18 to 19, the McHenry County Department of Planning and Development will host a workshop for smaller utilities who have limited experience developing water infrastructure projects. This training, led by Illinois Rural Community Assistance Program
(RCAP) in partnership with regional agencies including CMAP, will provide information on project planning, design, and construction, as well as an introduction to asset management. Illinois RCAP and CMAP will also available to provide follow up technical assistance for communities. For more information, contact Bud Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Margaret Schneemann (email@example.com
). Save the date: Illinois Water Conference.
The Illinois Water Conference 2012
will be held September 24 to 25 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illini Union. This biennial conference will focus on themes related to scientific inquiry regarding our water systems.
WaterSense Partner of the Year.
Tomorrow, April 13 is the deadline for the WaterSense Partner of the Year applications. A community must have been a partner before January 1, 2012, and submit activities from 2011 to be eligible. Since March, twenty new WaterSense Promotional Partners have been added in the region, largely due to participation from the Northwest Water Planning Alliance
(NWPA) communities. All WaterSense community.
Issaquah, WA, recently became the first community
to have all of its homes become WaterSense-labeled. In addition to WaterSense-labeled plumbing fixtures and fittings, each home in the community is equipped with a 1,000 to 1,800 gallon rainwater harvesting tank used for clothes washing and toilet flushing. The resulting net reduction in water use is 70 percent when compared to a typical home in the same region.