WBEZ | The Centre in Elgin - North Banquet Facility http://www.wbez.org/content/centre-elgin-north-banquet-facility Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Neighborhood Solutions to Wetter Weather: Local Approaches for Stormwater Management http://www.wbez.org/neighborhood-solutions-wetter-weather-local-approaches-stormwater-management-103400 <p><p>Northeastern Illinois&#39; precipitation patterns are trending toward longer periods without rain (e.g. this summer&#39;s drought) with sudden bursts of rapid, intense rainfall that overloads local and regional sewer systems, causing back-ups to basements and discharges to waterways.</p><div>The State of Illinois provides some investment assistance through the State Revolving Fund and Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant, and in some cases (such as the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago) a regional entity exists to help coordinate stormwater management. Ultimately, however, wet weather must be managed locally at the municipal, neighborhood, and property level. The more coordinated and concentrated the approach&mdash; say, multiple investments in the same neighborhood&mdash;the greater the impact.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This MPC and Openlands roundtable will feature state, local, and private sector leaders working to plan, fund, and implement stormwater solutions. What has Illinois learned from two years of the Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant? How might that affect green infrastructure priorities for the State Revolving Fund? Given limited financial resources, how can communities prioritize the location and type of green infrastructure to invest in? What are some proven strategies for encouraging private property investment in improved stormwater management?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Governor Quinn&#39;s new Clean Water Initiative and the $1 billion expansion of the revolving loan fund wil also be discussed. The keynote speaker will be&nbsp;<strong>Marcia Willhite</strong>, Water Bureau Chief, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Panelists are:&nbsp;<strong>Jeffrey Wickenkamp</strong>, Vice President, Hey and Associates;&nbsp;<strong>Aaron Consentino</strong>, Management Analyst, City of Elgin; and&nbsp;<strong>Josh Ellis</strong>, Program Director, Metropolitan Planning Council.</div></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/neighborhood-solutions-wetter-weather-local-approaches-stormwater-management-103400 Emerging Contaminants, Emerging Solutions: Proactive Water Quality Management in the Face of New Threats http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-09-15/emerging-contaminants-emerging-solutions-proactive-water-quality-management-face-ne <p><p>Unregulated chemicals from our wastewater are finding their way into our water supply. Our ability to detect and understand the effects of those contaminants is evolving faster than our ability to remove them from our water. We know contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, plastics, and pesticides can harm people and aquatic wildlife, though it is unclear to what extent. As the science unfolds, we must have a clear understanding of what is in our water, how these contaminants are linked to health problems, and what we can do to reduce or eliminate these threats. Fortunately, solutions are starting to emerge.&nbsp;</p><div>Join Openlands and the Metropolitan Planning Council to learn more about emerging contaminants and how to keep to keep them out of our water. The U.S. Geological Survey’s<strong> Dana Kolpin</strong> will explore how contaminants detected in our region’s surface and groundwater have affected fish and other wildlife. <strong>Carole Braverman</strong>, a toxicologist, from the U.S. EPA, will examine whether these chemicals pose significant health risks to people. <strong>Laura Kammen</strong> from Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant will discuss innovative programs to reduce this contamination, such as drug take-back facilities.<strong> Debra Ness</strong>, of the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, will discuss the real-world successes and challenges of proactive and preventative water quality management.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lunch will be provided (you may request a vegetarian meal when you register).&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Centre in Elgin is a short walk from the Elgin Metra station (Milwaukee District-West line).</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:37:07 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-09-15/emerging-contaminants-emerging-solutions-proactive-water-quality-management-face-ne