Water Resources Planning Efforts Progressing

On January 9, 2006, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, issued Executive Order 2006-01, which called for the development of a comprehensive, statewide water-supply planning and management strategy. In response, a strategy development process was initiated for northeastern Illinois in November 2006 with the creation of a regional water-supply planning group facilitated by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). The 35 members represent nine stakeholder groups in northeastern Illinois. More information about the Regional Water-Supply Planning Group for northeastern Illinois is available from CMAP's Web site (http://www.chicagoareaplanning.org/watersupply/). A regional water-supply planning committee for east-central Illinois was organized in February 2007, facilitated by the Mahomet Aquifer Consortium (MAC). The 12-member Water Resources Planning Committee for East-Central Illinois consists of representatives from 12 stakeholder groups in that area. More information about the committee is available from the MAC Web site (http://www.mahometaquiferconsortium.org/). The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is compiling existing information about the hydrogeology of northeastern and east-central Illinois to make it available to the two planning groups. The data will be analyzed with respect to the information needed to address water-supply planning and management issues. These analyses will help identify what additional information is needed for the planning process. Information about the overall water-supply planning process can be found by contacting the ISWS. (http://www.isws.illinois.edu/wsp/)