The Northwest Water Planning Alliance (NWPA) is working to ensure that dependable supplies of water are available for generations to come.
Group Formation and History
The Northwest Water Planning Alliance was initiated in August 2010 as an exploration of self-organization and collaborative planning and management by groundwater-dependent communities in Northeastern Illinois. This effort was spearheaded by Aurora’s Mayor Tom Weisner and his commitment to maintaining high quality drinking water supplies into the future. Many of the early NWPA organizers had participated in the development of the Water 2050: Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Supply/Demand Plan, organized by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
Over the past 10 years, the NWPA has shed light on critical water issues facing groundwater and river dependent communities. The NWPA provides a forum for elected officials, utility and resource managers, and others to learn the latest scientific research concerning the health of our water supplies. Through these conversations, NWPA members have developed tailored solutions and best practices.
From the initial work to reduce outdoor water use to the latest efforts to minimize the unnecessary use of road salts, the NWPA harnesses member and partner expertise to design solutions that work in the Chicago region. In addition, the NWPA utilizes the work of partners – such as Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Illinois State Water Survey, Metropolitan Planning Council, and U.S. Geological Survey – to connect members with critical information and resources.
The geography of the NWPA is roughly coincident with, but not limited to, the Fox River Basin in Illinois.
The NWPA has adopted a new strategic plan for the next 5 years. The 2020-2024 Strategic Plan builds on the successes of the past and identifies new opportunities to collaboratively plan to ensure a sustainable water supply.
The plan sets 4 goals for the organization:
Contact information for the NWPA can be found here.
NWPA Region and Communities
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The NWPA has an Executive Committee and a Technical Advisory Committee that meet regularly. Do you help manage drinking water in an NWPA community? If so, join the monthly Technical Advisory Committee meetings to learn more and get involved.
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