Thank you to all who joined us for our Green Infrastructure Forum.

The Fox Valley Sustainability Network help a Green Infrastructure Forum on Wednesday, March 20, at Midwest Groundcovers in St. Charles, IL. We discussed the programs and municipalities in the Fox Valley that have implemented green infrastructure plans and improvements they have made in their communities.

Topics & Speakers:

 Natural Areas Assurance Program
- Dan Lobbes, Director of Land Protection & Kane County Director, The Conservation Foundation

 Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan
- M. Ross Alexander, PhD, Oak Ecosystem Recovery Program Coordinator, Morton Arboretum

 Case Studies in the Fox Valley Region
- Tom Price, Principal Civil Engineer & Hydrologist, Conservation Design Forum

 Case Study: Montgomery, IL
- Christopher J. Ott, P.E., CPII, Senior Project Engineer I, Engineering Enterprises, Inc.

Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy

Starting in 2019, Metropolitan Planning Council and its partners have created a peer-to-peer learning exchange and local technical assistance program—called the Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy—to further assist communities in implementing best practices featured in the Drinking Water 1-2-3 guide.

The goals of the Academy include:

  • Education and training on important water planning and management practices today

  • Development of a peer network for cross-community learning and collaboration

  • Targeted assistance and on-the-ground implementation of critical best practices in drinking water management

Registration is open for the 2019 regional events, and IEPA Drinking Water Operator Recertification Credits are available (4 CEUs) for each event:

Regional Event #1: Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 8 a.m. to noon at the Joliet Junior College. Held in partnership with the Will County Governmental League. Keynote address will be delivered by Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk and event topics will include water conservation, public education and engagement, and demand forecasting. See the full agenda and line up of speakers here!

Regional Event #2: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 8 a.m. to noon at the Orland Park Civic Center. Held in partnership with the Southwest Conference of Mayors. Key event topics will include cost savings through service sharing and joint procurement, water loss control management, and demand forecasting.

Regional Event #3: Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 8 a.m. to noon at The Centre of Elgin. Held in partnership with the Northwest Water Planning Alliance. Key event topics will include demand management, conservation pricing, and sensible salting.

Regional Event #4: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 8 a.m. to noon at the Barrington Park District. Held in partnership with the Barrington Area Council of Governments. Key event topics will include how to incorporate water supply management needs and goals into community comprehensive plans, and demand forecasting.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Photo: Ryan Afflerbaugh, licensed under CC BY 4.0