Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
5-Year Strategic Plan

The MWRD Board of Commissioners and MWRD leadership are working together to develop a new Strategic Plan, and we are seeking feedback.

The Draft Strategic Plan 2021-2025 is available here. Please submit comments by Thursday, April 29 either by email to or by mail to:

Allison Fore
Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Office
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
100 E. Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60611

This new Plan will build on the accomplishments of our 2015-2021 Strategic Plan and will guide our direction for the next few years.

Our goals are to:

  • Articulate the mission, vision, and strategic goals for the MWRD for the next five years
  • Identify a set of strategic initiatives to achieve those goals
  • Provide a framework for measuring progress and reviewing/updating the Plan on an annual basis.

A Steering Committee has been formed to oversee the effort. Members include:

  • Commissioner Marcelino Garcia, co-chair
  • Commissioner Debra Shore, co-chair
  • Brian Perkovich, Executive Director
  • Mary Ann Boyle, Treasurer
  • Susan Morakalis, General Counsel
  • John Murray, Director of Maintenance and Operations
  • Catherine O’Connor, Director of Engineering

In addition to the Steering Committee, the following firms and individuals are facilitating this effort on a pro bono basis:

  • Arup
    • Janine Witko, Principal, Americas Water Leader
    • Vincent Lee, Associate Principal
    • Audrey Fremier, Water Engineer
  • Civic Consulting Alliance
    • Kirsten Carroll, Associate Principal
    • Alec Noggle, Analyst
    • Evan Oesterle, Kearney Fellow


Strategic Planning Process

The planning process began in September and is expected to be completed in early 2021. We are taking a comprehensive, staged approach that consists of four consecutive phases.

Strategic Planning Phases document