The MWRD’s countywide Stormwater Management Program’s mission is to provide Cook County with effective rules, regulations and capital improvement projects that will reduce the potential for stormwater damage to life, public health, safety, property and the environment.
Cherry Creek Flood Control Project
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, October 11, 2018
Representatives from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), Village of Flossmoor, Homewood-Flossmoor (H-F) High School District #233 and Calvary Assembly of God Church held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 11 to celebrate the completion of the $3.3 million Cherry Creek East Branch flood control project.
Melvina Ditch Reservoir Expansion
Groundbreaking Ceremony, April 2, 2018
Commissioners and staff from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago were joined by representatives of Burbank, Oak Lawn, Stickney Township and contractor F.H. Paschen to break ground on the Melvina Ditch Reservoir Expansion project that will provide much needed flooding protection. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Monday, April 2 at 10 a.m.
Buffalo Creek Reservoir Expansion
Groundbreaking Ceremony, May 2, 2018
Officials with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), village of Buffalo Grove, and Lake County Forest Preserve District (LCFPD) and local leaders formally broke ground on a project that will alleviate flooding while improving public recreation spaces at Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve.
Natalie Creek Flood Control Project
Groundbreaking Ceremony, November 19, 2018
Ground was officially broken on a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) project that will reduce flooding for 237 structures and defend residents of Midlothian and Oak Forest from rising waters along Natalie Creek.
Devonshire Park Rain Garden
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, August 8, 2018
A Skokie park and police station will be protected from flooding though the installation of green infrastructure funded through the assistance of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD).
MWRD officials joined the Village of Skokie and the Skokie Park District at Devonshire Park, 4422 Greenwood St., on August 7th to celebrate the completion of the Skokie projects that will work to mitigate flooding through natural landscaping that can control stormwater and provide environmental and community benefits.
Tinley Park North Street Green
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, October 4, 2019
The new permeable paver project on North Street, between Oak Park Avenue and 173rd Street, was unveiled by MWRD and Tinley Park officials, as part of the Harmony Square development near the Metra Station. The MWRD contributed $200,000 to fund 16,500 square feet of permeable pavers on North Street, replacing the existing asphalt with green infrastructure that will provide more than 69,000 gallons of stormwater storage on site. The brick pavers are not only inviting to rainwater but also an attractive space for the public. The unique pattern of pavers enhances the local aesthetics while also maximizing the stormwater benefit.
Riverside MWRD Green Infrastructure Project
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, October 16, 2019
A partnership between the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and Village of Riverside will yield more protection from flooding for the community and enhance a central part of village by utilizing green infrastructure.
Officials with the Village of Riverside and MWRD cut the ribbon on the new commuter parking lot and bioretention area that will provide parking for Metra commuters and more than 237,000 gallons of stormwater storage per rain event. The permeable parking lot and rain garden at Bloomingbank Road and Barrypoint Road will reduce the current load to the combined sewer system and help alleviate flooding within the project area.