The Village of Winnetka, IL is in the midst of developing plans to construct a conveyance tunnel for excess stormwater to Lake Michigan. Yesterday, the LWVLMR joined the Leagues of Women Voters of Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Wilmette, and Winnetka-Northfield-Kenilworth to cosponsor a program, "Managing Stormwater/Protecting Lake Michigan: Determining the Future Now," to provide information and context to the public.
A distinguished panel of speakers provided background on Lake Michigan; Green Infrastructure; stormwater planning in Glenview, IL; the specific plans in Winnetka; and the stormwater discharge permitting process in Illinois. Beth Coulson, a member of the LWV Glenview, moderated. The speakers have kindly given us permission to share their powerpoint presentations.
For more information on the tunnel, please see the Village of Winnetka's dedicated stormwater management planning website. For media coverage of this program, see articles in the Chicago Tribune, and the Glenview Announcements (also appeared in other Pioneer Press publications).
UPDATED 10/30/14 to add newspaper article. SECOND UPDATE on 11/9/14 to link to speaker presentations.
The delegation also adopted a resolution honoring Vice President Janet Greenwald, absent due to illness, and the longest serving board member. Indiana delegate Jeanette Neagu shared a gift that will be presented to Janet along with a signed copy of the resolution.
Finally, several advocacy opportunities were offered to local Leagues and individuals, then the meeting adjourned to a reception at the "Top of the Park."
Krista Grimm was awarded the 2014 Art Palleon Lake Michigan Advocacy Award at the LWVLMR annual meeting in Traverse City, Michigan, on October 4. The award was inaugurated in 2013 in honor of longtime member and Lake Michigan advocate Art Palleon.
President Henrietta Saunders presented Grimm with a lovely photograph of a winter scene from Lake Michigan's eastern shore for her work on the Stormwater from the Ground Up education project. The picture was taken by Mary Lee Orr, who won the Palleon award in 2013.
In accepting the award, Grimm said, "This is especially meaningful because it has Art's name on it."