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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Overflow Action Alert

The MWRD has issued an Overflow Action Day alert. Please limit water usage to absolute necessities. Visit our Overflow Action page for more information.


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

June 25, 2024

The stormwater management projects aim to bolster resiliency across Cook County, with special emphasis on underserved communities.

June 24, 2024

Funding for the program is provided through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and will advance 26 stormwater management projects throughout the County.

June 21, 2024

Supported by ARPA funding, this initiative underscores a commitment to bolstering community resilience, particularly in underserved areas vulnerable to flooding.

June 18, 2024

Commissioners and staff raise the Juneteenth flag at the Barbara J. McGowan Main Office Building and at all seven water reclamation plants. 


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, June 28, 2024



2024 Chicago Pride Parade

11:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday, June 30, 2024



Poplar Creek and Upper Salt Creek Watershed Planning Council Meeting

10:30am - 11:30am
Wednesday, July 10, 2024

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