January 17, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 1-17-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 1-17-20

Unsustainable demands on groundwater remain despite Joliet's vote to switch water supply

Concern about the ability of the Chicago region's sandstone aquifers to supply drinking water to parts of the region continues to grow. The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) estimates that parts of our region that depend on sandstone aquifers are using water twice as fast as it can be naturally replenished. This pattern is unsustainable for many communities, including the City of Joliet, the third largest municipality in the state. Following a 2018 ISWS study that showed that Joliet would not be able to meet the demands of its residents and businesses by 2030, the city immediately initiated a detailed evaluation of alternative water supply sources. Last week, the Joliet City Council voted to begin the process to secure Lake Michigan as its water source. Read more in the Herald-News.

Following the city’s decision, CMAP reviewed the ON TO 2050 Regional Water Demand Forecast to understand the implications for the region. Although overall demand on the sandstone aquifers will be reduced, water supply challenges will remain for other groundwater dependent communities. The Illinois State Water Survey estimates that the sandstone aquifers could reliably supply approximately 65 million gallons of water per day over the long term. However, even without the City of Joliet, water demand on the sandstone aquifer is forecasted to grow to approximately 100 million gallons of water per day by 2050.

Continued efforts to protect water supplies are critical to ensuring all residents have access to high quality water into the future, especially for groundwater dependent communities. Water conservation practices, alternate sources, and better coordination between communities are just a few of the recommendations that can be found in ON TO 2050.

 

 

Call for projects opens for Invest in Cook

The application period for the fourth round of Cook County Department of Transportation and Highway’s Invest in Cook program opened this week. A workshop will be held for prospective applicants on Friday, January 24, at the George Dunne County Office Building (69 W. Washington St., 22nd Floor in Room 22AB, Chicago), from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A second workshop will be held via Skype on Thursday, January 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. RSVP to Tim Egan (312-603-1534 or tim.egan@cookcountyil.gov) for either session. Applications are due by Friday, March 13. 

 

 

2020 LISC Quality-of-Life Planning application and information session

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago seeks to begin new work with up to two Chicago communities dedicated to leading continuous catalytic change. These projects will culminate in the creation of a Community Assets & Opportunities Report, and set the stage for communities demonstrating wide and deep engagement to complete a comprehensive Quality-of-Life Plan. Eligible communities are those with a large low-income population or those having experienced population shifts due to displacement or immigration, with a focus on the South and West Sides. Attend an information session from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at LISC Chicago (10 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago), or via webinar by emailing ChicagoQLP2020@lisc.org. Applications close on Friday, March 13.

 

 

Public comment for 2020 RTA Community Planning projects

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) invites public comment on the 2020 Community Planning program through Saturday, February 8, 2020. The nine projects were chosen from among 14 applications submitted September 17 to October 17, 2019. Eligible activities include transit-oriented development (TOD) plans, transit corridor plans, TOD zoning code updates, TOD developer discussion panels, transit neighborhood mobility improvement plans, plans to develop special funding districts in transit areas, and other innovative implementation approaches. Send comments to applications@rtachicago.org. The final 2020 Community Planning projects will be announced Thursday, February 20, at the RTA Board of Directors meeting. 

 

 

Funding opportunity for FY20 INFRA grants

The Department of Transportation has funding available for Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (INFRA Grants) for fiscal year 2020. Federal assistance is available for transportation infrastructure that supports economic vitality at the national and regional level, deploys innovative technology, and meets other key objectives. Learn more online and apply by Tuesday, February 25.

 

 

Public comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2020-24 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment

CMAP released the following conformity analyses of ON TO 2050 and the Federal Fiscal Year 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis & TIP Amendment 20-03. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mailemail, or phone (312-454-0400) through Friday, February 7, 2020.

 

 

Events

Webinar: Rethinking municipal service delivery when facing declining population and state budget unpredictability
Hosted by the Chaddick Institute at DePaul University, Illinois Municipal League, and Illinois Municipal Policy Journal
January 28, 2020
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
More information

Cook County
10th Annual Urban Innovation Symposium (day session)

UIC Student Center East (Room 329)
750 S. Halsted St.
Chicago IL, 60607
January 24, 2020
11:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
More information

10th Annual Urban Innovation Symposium (evening session)
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago IL, 60608
January 24, 2020
4:30 to 9:45 p.m.
More information

DuPage County
Community Workshop: Route 83 Corridor Plan

Wood Dale Park District
111 S. Wood Dale Rd.
Wood Dale, IL 60191
January 20, 2020
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
More information


Community Workshop: Route 83 Corridor Plan
Villa Park Library
305 Ardmore Ave.
Villa Park, IL 60181
January 29, 2020
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
More information


Kane and Kendall Counties
Regional Climate Planning Workshop
Montgomery Village Hall
200 N. River St.
Montgomery, IL 60538
January 21, 2020
10:00 a.m. to noon
More information

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CMAP Weekly Update, 1-17-20

Unsustainable demands on groundwater remain despite Joliet's vote to switch water supply

Concern about the ability of the Chicago region's sandstone aquifers to supply drinking water to parts of the region continues to grow. The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) estimates that parts of our region that depend on sandstone aquifers are using water twice as fast as it can be naturally replenished. This pattern is unsustainable for many communities, including the City of Joliet, the third largest municipality in the state. Following a 2018 ISWS study that showed that Joliet would not be able to meet the demands of its residents and businesses by 2030, the city immediately initiated a detailed evaluation of alternative water supply sources. Last week, the Joliet City Council voted to begin the process to secure Lake Michigan as its water source. Read more in the Herald-News.

Following the city’s decision, CMAP reviewed the ON TO 2050 Regional Water Demand Forecast to understand the implications for the region. Although overall demand on the sandstone aquifers will be reduced, water supply challenges will remain for other groundwater dependent communities. The Illinois State Water Survey estimates that the sandstone aquifers could reliably supply approximately 65 million gallons of water per day over the long term. However, even without the City of Joliet, water demand on the sandstone aquifer is forecasted to grow to approximately 100 million gallons of water per day by 2050.

Continued efforts to protect water supplies are critical to ensuring all residents have access to high quality water into the future, especially for groundwater dependent communities. Water conservation practices, alternate sources, and better coordination between communities are just a few of the recommendations that can be found in ON TO 2050.

 

 

Call for projects opens for Invest in Cook

The application period for the fourth round of Cook County Department of Transportation and Highway’s Invest in Cook program opened this week. A workshop will be held for prospective applicants on Friday, January 24, at the George Dunne County Office Building (69 W. Washington St., 22nd Floor in Room 22AB, Chicago), from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A second workshop will be held via Skype on Thursday, January 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. RSVP to Tim Egan (312-603-1534 or tim.egan@cookcountyil.gov) for either session. Applications are due by Friday, March 13. 

 

 

2020 LISC Quality-of-Life Planning application and information session

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago seeks to begin new work with up to two Chicago communities dedicated to leading continuous catalytic change. These projects will culminate in the creation of a Community Assets & Opportunities Report, and set the stage for communities demonstrating wide and deep engagement to complete a comprehensive Quality-of-Life Plan. Eligible communities are those with a large low-income population or those having experienced population shifts due to displacement or immigration, with a focus on the South and West Sides. Attend an information session from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at LISC Chicago (10 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago), or via webinar by emailing ChicagoQLP2020@lisc.org. Applications close on Friday, March 13.

 

 

Public comment for 2020 RTA Community Planning projects

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) invites public comment on the 2020 Community Planning program through Saturday, February 8, 2020. The nine projects were chosen from among 14 applications submitted September 17 to October 17, 2019. Eligible activities include transit-oriented development (TOD) plans, transit corridor plans, TOD zoning code updates, TOD developer discussion panels, transit neighborhood mobility improvement plans, plans to develop special funding districts in transit areas, and other innovative implementation approaches. Send comments to applications@rtachicago.org. The final 2020 Community Planning projects will be announced Thursday, February 20, at the RTA Board of Directors meeting. 

 

 

Funding opportunity for FY20 INFRA grants

The Department of Transportation has funding available for Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (INFRA Grants) for fiscal year 2020. Federal assistance is available for transportation infrastructure that supports economic vitality at the national and regional level, deploys innovative technology, and meets other key objectives. Learn more online and apply by Tuesday, February 25.

 

 

Public comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2020-24 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment

CMAP released the following conformity analyses of ON TO 2050 and the Federal Fiscal Year 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis & TIP Amendment 20-03. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mailemail, or phone (312-454-0400) through Friday, February 7, 2020.

 

 

Events

Webinar: Rethinking municipal service delivery when facing declining population and state budget unpredictability
Hosted by the Chaddick Institute at DePaul University, Illinois Municipal League, and Illinois Municipal Policy Journal
January 28, 2020
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
More information

Cook County
10th Annual Urban Innovation Symposium (day session)

UIC Student Center East (Room 329)
750 S. Halsted St.
Chicago IL, 60607
January 24, 2020
11:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
More information

10th Annual Urban Innovation Symposium (evening session)
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago IL, 60608
January 24, 2020
4:30 to 9:45 p.m.
More information

DuPage County
Community Workshop: Route 83 Corridor Plan

Wood Dale Park District
111 S. Wood Dale Rd.
Wood Dale, IL 60191
January 20, 2020
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
More information


Community Workshop: Route 83 Corridor Plan
Villa Park Library
305 Ardmore Ave.
Villa Park, IL 60181
January 29, 2020
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
More information


Kane and Kendall Counties
Regional Climate Planning Workshop
Montgomery Village Hall
200 N. River St.
Montgomery, IL 60538
January 21, 2020
10:00 a.m. to noon
More information

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