Combined sewer overflow
Illinois is the only state in the Mississippi River Basin where potable water reuse is illegal, as if the water cycle we teach to our 3rd graders doesn't exist.
There is only one water, the same since the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Water is continuously recycled in the "water cycle" which is taught in elementary schools.
There is no "away" in "throw away". When we flush old medicine down the toilet, we contaminate our own local rivers which flow to the Gulf of Mexico. Would you want to drink this... after advanced treatment? Instead of if water can be treated, how much treatment is needed to make it "fit for purpose"?
Flood Management. I grew up in a flooding home where we counted the numbers of basement stairs covered. I witnessed first hand how large infrastructure can reduce flood damage. After "deep tunnel" (a.k.a. the tunnel and reservoir project or TARP) was completed, our basement never flooded again. I eliminated sewer backups in my current 1930s vintage home by replacing sidewalks with permeable pavement and redirecting downspouts to rain gardens.
2012 drought risk 4,000 jobs: "It sounds real noble to say we want to conserve water, [but] in reality it was, 'Don't shut the plant down.'" See ADM Decatur drought story
Governor's Task Force industrial water use recommendations:
1. Work with industries to identify adequate water supplies required to sustain existing and projected production levels
2. Work with industries to develop recommended water use restrictions when water supplies are inadequate to sustain existing production
3. Develop a mechanism to obtain expedient, long-term emergency regulatory relief for IEPA and IDNR restrictions upon demonstration of no adverse impacts.
brewing for conservation
2016 AZ Water Innovation Challenge
24 commercial craft beers from wastewater
Chicago One Water Beer was presented at water innovation forums
WAter Reuse Policy
Technology exists for climate resilience but water policy is needed for implementation.
Illinois is one of 12 states in the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force (i.e., Dead Zone) and is not on track to meet nutrient reduction goals of 25% less phosphorus by 2025.
Shedd Aquarium Great Lakes invasive inventory
Buy Asian Carp at Sorce Freshwater Company
Asian Carp recipes