Northwest Water Planning Alliance heeds World Water Day call through collaborative efforts to protect the groundwater and fox river for future generations
Cooperative effort between municipalities and counties yielding tangible results for residents and businesses
On March 22 members of the Northwest Water Planning Alliance celebrated World Water Day and the International Year of Water Cooperation, a United Nations designation, by reflecting on two years of significant progress in its combined efforts to protect shared groundwater and Fox River resources. Representing five councils of government, approximately 80 communities (including Aurora and Elgin), five counties (DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry), and 1.3 million people, the Northwest Water Planning Alliance’s mission is to improve research, policies and outreach on water supply protection in the region.
“Northeastern Illinois’ regional water supply plan, Water 2050, made it clear that collaborative efforts between communities sharing the same finite water sources were going to be absolutely imperative if we want to ensure economic growth, ecological integrity, and a high quality of life,” said Aurora Mayor and NWPA Chairman Thomas Weisner. “Today, on World Water Day, I cannot commend our members enough for all of our success to date. But we can’t forget there’s a lot left to do.”