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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Comments are being accepted for MWRD's draft Environmental Justice Policy and Comprehensive Land Use Policy until July 24, 2022.  To advance the MWRD's Strategic Plan, the MWRD is adopting an Environmental Justice Policy. The objective of the policy is to integrate environmental justice considerations into all MWRD programs, policies, and activities to the extent practicable and permitted by law.  For purposes of this policy, the MWRD adopts the U.S.EPA definition of environmental justice: "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies."

In 2014, the Board enacted the Comprehensive Land Use Policy to: ensure that the District’s real estate program is well-planned; treat all citizens and organizations seeking to lease District real estate equally and uniformly; balance the needs of commerce and industry, which provide valuable jobs to people living in our region, with the needs of municipalities and local park districts for open green space for public and recreational opportunities; protect District land and surrounding communities from environmental degradation; and ensure that green infrastructure is incorporated in all new public leases and encouraged in all commercial/industrial leases.


Established in 1889, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is an award-winning, special purpose government agency responsible for wastewater treatment and stormwater management in Cook County, Illinois.


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