Protecting Our Water Environment
You can help prevent flooding and protect water quality!
When not disposed of properly, pharmaceuticals can end up in waterways. You can help keep pharmaceuticals from entering our waterways by disposing of unwanted medicine properly at the locations listed on this page.
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Recent News Releases
Dr. Catherine O’Connor, MWRD Director of Engineering, receives prestigious U.S. Minority Contractors Association Excellence in Engineering Award
11th Annual Sustainability Summit highlights environmental advancements and recognizes outstanding contributions
With support from the MWRD the village of La Grange Park converted three intersections along Monroe Avenue into permeable surfaces. The project reduces the load on the sewer system and will complement plans to separate additional sewer systems to divert water to nearby Salt Creek.
The MWRD’s green infrastructure project at Arthington Mall Plaza at the University of Illinois at Chicago features 37,000 square feet of permeable pavement, new seating, native plants and rain gardens.
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.
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