Infrastructure and Planning
Protecting clean water in Illinois is essential to community, economic and ecosystem health.
Threats To Our Infrastructure
Current Infrastructure and Planning Laws
Created by the Illinois River Restoration Act of 1997 to coordinate initiatives, projects, and funding to promote the ecological health of the Illinois River and its tributaries by addressing issues identified in the Integrated Management Plan for the Illinois River Watershed.
The Council is Chaired by the Lt. Governor and composed of a diverse group of citizens, not-for-profit organizations, and state and federal agencies.
Chaired by the Lt. Governor and is composed of a diverse group of citizens, not-for-profit organizations, and state and federal agencies.
In 2005, the Great Lakes Governors and the Premiers of Ontario and Quebec signed the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement. At the same time, the Governors endorsed the companion Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, which became law in the United States in 2008. The Compact is legally binding among the eight Great Lakes states and the federal government, mandating the states to jointly determine how to manage the waters of the Great Lakes Basin.
The Act establishes a working group with representatives from state, federal, local agencies, and other interested parties to review and evaluate the latest research, policies, and procedures regarding urban flooding. Urban flooding can happen anywhere, not just in floodplains. This Act helps Illinois communities better understand urban flooding and identify innovative stormwater solutions to protect homes and the environment.
In furtherance of safeguarding the health and well-being of the populace, this Act requires any community water supply system to designate an operator who will be directly responsible for that system’s water supply and distribution. It also requires operators to be properly certified with the skills necessary to operate the community water supply.