Chicago Water Reclamation District Participates on National Storm Water Panel
MWRD’s David St. Pierre invited to participate on forum addressing municipal storm water management needs
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Executive Director David St. Pierre was one of only 80 state, federal, local, private and non-profit leaders from across the country invited to participate in a national storm water management conference held at the White House in Washington, DC last month.
The “Municipal Stormwater Infrastructure: Going from Grey to Green” conference provided a forum to address municipal storm water management needs, identifying barriers and evaluating options for practical actions. A heavy emphasis was placed on the growing role of green infrastructure.
Storm water entering combined sewer systems results in an excessive amount of water in the system, which can lead to basement backups and flooding. The use of green infrastructure techniques helps to minimize the amount of water entering the system.
“We are working closely with the local communities to understand their needs and develop green infrastructure goals to meet those needs,” said St. Pierre
In addition to sharing the benefits of the MWRD’s use of green infrastructure technologies, the MWRD is working to implement technologies to reduce the inflow of excess storm water into the sewage system.
Nationally based conference participants included the President’s principal environmental policy advisor, representatives from the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of Management and Budget, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leaders who focused emphasized the growing role of green infrastructure.
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