Legislation to help combat flooding across the state and protect Illinois’ drinking water
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) President Kathleen Meany, Vice Pres. Barbara McGowan and Commissioners Debra Shore and Patrick D. Thompson joined Gov. Pat Quinn and other officials as the governor signed legislation to help combat flooding across the state and protect Illinois’ drinking water on July 23 in Oak Lawn, Ill.
As a result of record rainfall and severe flooding that affected communities across Illinois last year, state financial assistance will now be available for storm water management and wastewater treatment projects. The MWRD has been a recipient of Clean Water Initiative funds in the past and anticipates accessing these additional resources in the future.
“During last year’s record rainfall and flooding, we learned the hard lesson that flash flooding can have devastating effects,” Gov. Quinn said. “The Illinois Clean Water Initiative will now be able to help communities be more prepared than ever before in managing storm water while creating thousands of construction jobs. This legislation will help to prevent flooding and protect our drinking water from pollution.”
“The Governor’s Clean Water Initiative has passed the triple crown of infrastructure investment,” said Pres. Meany. “It creates jobs, invests in infrastructure so that it lasts for the next generation, and it allows us to address storm water issues with our changing weather patterns."
“Expansion of the Governor’s Clean Water Initiative will provide local governments with the ability to secure low-interest loans for capital projects that will prevent flooding and remove pollutants from stormwater,” Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett said. “Gov. Quinn’s expanded $2 billion financing program is making significant improvements in water quality in our state and has the added benefit of saving money for local residents and creating an additional 28,000 jobs for Illinois citizens.”