Groundwater Protection Program McHenry County, Illinois
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Groundwater Protection Program McHenry County, Illinois Cassandra McKinney Water Resource Manager If all the worlds water were fit into a gallon jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about one tablespoon. Goals of the Groundwater Protection Program: • To preserve and protect the quantity and quality of groundwater. • To ensure sustainable yields of potable water for current and future generations. • To facilitate stakeholder engagement in groundwater issues and related decision-making processes. • To build a strong base of support for groundwater protection by encouraging communication and dialogue among stakeholders. Integrated Water Resources 7 Step Planning Process Identify Problems and Opportunities Create a Planning Team Inventories and Forecasting Formulating Alternative Plans Evaluating Alternative Plans Ranking Alternative Plans Plan Implementation National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) • Most Americans probably believe that groundwater is safely beyond the reach of contamination. • McHenry County is one of the most susceptible counties in Illinois to Groundwater Pollution and our daily activities can impact the water we drink. NPDES • How does NPDES impact the quality of our Groundwater? Wynnyth Adair, P.E. Drainage Engineer McHenry County Division of Transportation Work Program Methodology and Timeline • Complete Timeline is available on the Task Force Website. – Anticipated Completion - Spring of 2009 • Winter Break for December and January – Subcommittees to continue meeting • Subcommittee Final Reports – Will be presented in February • 2008 Calendar – Available on the Task Force Website Subcommittee Updates • Hazardous Materials and Household Hazardous Waste Recycling • Pavement De-icing • Education CMAP: Regional Water Supply Planning Group Update For More Information: http://cmap.illinois.gov/watersupply/default.aspx Planning Assistance to States Request • $300,000 Earmark from Congressman Manzullo • Requirements: – Work with the US Army Corps of Engineers – Our project(s) are limited by what the Corps can assist us with. – Written request for planning assistance was submitted by October 1st. Requested assistance to complete: 1. Survey of monitoring wells in McHenry County ….And/Or…. 2. Chloride Study of the County …And/Or… 3. Map High Quality Recharge Areas. Geologic Mapping • Meeting with ISGS and ISWS next week • Will Discuss: – Expanding the geologic mapping of McHenry Co. – Groundwater Flow models – Putting information into a GIS layer Benefits of Geologic Mapping • Delineation of critical groundwater recharge areas • Improve groundwater flow models and reduce their uncertainty • Increased understanding of ground and surface water interactions • Support of regional and sub regional water supply management decisions Other…. • Update website weekly – New page exclusively for Task Force Members – http://www.co.mchenry.il.us/common/countyDpt/WaterRes/taskforce.asp • Call for Articles… • Water Use Calculator • ISAWWA Conference – Presenting in March Upcoming Events “What is your Water IQ?” November 17th 12:30 - 4:00 PM McHenry County College Conference Center Upcoming Events • Meeting with the Regional Superintendent of Schools on November 15th • Meeting with all McHenry County Superintendents of Schools on February 8th “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac Questions? Next Meeting Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 at 2PM Happy Holidays!