During the second session of our 2020 Virtual FLIP Summer Series this week, students from the region learned all about northeastern Illinois' water supply. CMAP planners Katie Piotrowska, Maggie Jarr, and Nora Beck spoke about how planning affects water quality, quantity, and affordability, and the important role that the region’s water sources play in economic development, environmental preservation, and public health.
Daniel Cooper, director of research at the Metropolitan Planning Council, also presented on water affordability and how it relates to equity, showing students how income is not rising at the same rate as the cost of water. Students were then invited to share ideas on ensuring every resident has access to affordable and safe drinking water.
Next week, FLIP students will explore the impacts on planning in the era of COVID-19.