Tuesday 8:00 AM
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Room: Ruby

Implementing Water 2050: Free Resources for Utilities and Municipalities

As a result of an Executive Order from the Governor, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) was commissioned by the State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources to facilitate a water supply planning process for an 11-county planning area in the northeastern Illinois region. The plan, Water 2050: Northeastern Illinois Water Supply/Demand Plan, is a result of this three-year planning process that coordinated a diverse set of stakeholders including government entities, environmental interest groups, academia, and private sector representatives. This presentation will include a short summary of the Water 2050 planning process but will focus on Water 2050's newly developed Techical Assistance Initiative for utilties that aim to turn the plan's recommendations into actions. The Water 2050 Technical Assistance Intiative includes a bill insert program for public outreach, an ordinance assistance program to integrate the agency's model water conservation ordinance into local practices along with numerous other resources that are available to water utilties in the state and region. Many of the programs and resources are low cost or free for the utility and focus on water efficiency and conservation. Additionally, take-home information packets will be provided as part of the presentation.

Moderator:  Chris Ulm


Amy Talbot - CMAP

Amy Talbot attended The University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelors Degree in Urban Studies from the Department of Geography and the Environment.  Ms. Talbot joined the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) in February 2006 and became a LEED Accredited Professional shortly thereafter.  At CMAP, Amy contributed to the development of Water 2050: Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Supply/Demand Plan, the result of an 11-county regional water supply planning process.  During this process, she focused on exploring the water and energy savings potential of water-use conservation best management practices.  In addition, she was the project lead in the recently completed Ferson-Otter Creek watershed planning process.