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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Recovering Resources, Transforming Water

Strategic Plan
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MWRD Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025

The MWRD's 2021 – 2025 Strategic Plan was developed by a multi-functional team of MWRD personnel and outside consultants to identify the strategic goals, strategies, and initiatives for the next five years.


See the MWRD Strategic Plan

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Recent News Releases

May 22, 2024

Mia Park explains to guests and MWRD staff how the Asian American experience can be different from one household to another.

May 20, 2024

The WMO works to protect public health, safety, and welfare and Cook County homes and businesses from flood damage by managing and mitigating the effects of development and redevelopment on stormwater drainage. 

May 17, 2024

The MWRD Board of Commissioners approved the selected projects on May 2 as part of the annual call for projects through the Green Infrastructure Partnership Program (GIPP).

May 16, 2024

Visitors were led on tours by knowledgeable staff who explained the processes and the vital role these facilities play in protecting area waterways.


The 600-acre-foot Addison Creek Reservoir will hold 195 million gallons of storage capacity and connect with the Addison Creek Channel to protect the communities from overbank flooding.

The MWRD’s Robbins Heritage Park and Midlothian Creek Restoration Project will help address overbank flooding through a new stormwater park and pond, along with improvements to Midlothian Creek and an overflow channel that connects to the Cal-Sag Channel.

The MWRD worked with the village of Mount Prospect to transform two beautiful park spaces that can now accommodate more stormwater and protect the community from flooding, while also giving the residents a place to gather and play.

The Tunnel and Reservoir Plan is a system of deep, large diameter tunnels and vast reservoir designed to reduce flooding, improve water quality in Chicago area waterways and protect Lake Michigan from pollution caused by sewer overflows.

Calendar of Events



Monitoring and Research Seminar

10:30am - 11:30am
Friday, May 31, 2024





47th Ward Ecofest

10:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday, June 1, 2024

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