Illinois Water Supply Planning



Water Planning History

Even though Illinois is relatively abundant in water resources, events and circumstances have caused officials in the past to raise issues about the adequacy of those resources. The following documents, beginning with Governor Blagojevich’s Executive Order 2006-1, include important background information that is helpful in putting the current planning initiative in perspective.


Executive Order 2006-01 (pdf ~91kb)

Executive Order Press Release (pdf ~24kb)

Troubled Waters, Meeting Future Water Needs In Illinois (pdf ~860kb)

State and Regional Water-Supply Planning in Illinois - Brochure (pdf ~725kb)

Executive Order 2002-5 (pdf ~12kb)

Report of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Groundwater, 01/03 (pdf ~41kb)

Report to the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Groundwater, 12/02 (pdf ~164kb)

Water Resources and Land Use Priorities Task Force Report - Partial (pdf ~1.9mb)

Strategic Plan For Water Resource Management by the Northeast Illinois Planning Commission (2002)

The Great Lakes Water Wars (2006), by Peter Annin.
A background source book for the general public and policy makers, it is a comprehensive look behind the scenes at the conflicts and compromises that are the past and future of the Great Lakes water resource.

Other States and Regions

Arizona Department of Water Resources
California Department of Water Resources
Colorado Water Conservation Board
Delaware River Basin Committee
Delaware River Basin's Ed.Web!
El Paso Water Utilities
Florida Department of Community Affairs, Water Supply Planning
Georgia Environmental Protection Division
Metro. N. Georgia Water Planning District
Georgia Water Coalition
Idaho Department of Water Resources
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
Kansas Water Office
Kentucky Division of Water
Maryland Department of the Environment
Michigan: Report to the Michigan Legislature (pdf ~0.8mb)
Minnesota Environmental Quality Board
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
The Groundwater Foundation (Nebraska)
Nevada Division of Water Resources
North Carolina Division of Water Resources
North Dakota State Water Commission
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
Pennsylvania State Water Planning Resource Center
Rhode Island Water Resources Board
Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Southern Environmental Law Center (AL, FL, GA, NC, SC)
Texas Water Development Board
Utah’s Water Resources
Virginia Department of Environmental; Quality
Washington Department of Ecology
Regional Water Supply Planning (Washington)
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
Wyoming State Water Plan

Cadillac Desert, by Marc Reisner.
A book (1993) and a PBS video (4 tape set, 1997). Relates the story of the quest for water in the American west, the role of the Federal Government in the development of water sources, how the West was transformed, and current consequences. The tape set is available at selected libraries. Check with your local librarian.

State Water Resources Planning in the United States, ASCE.
Book Review

Facing the Freshwater Crisis
As demand for freshwater soars, supplies are becoming unpredictable. A Scientific American article by Peter Rogers, professor of environmental engineering & city and regional planning, Harvard University.

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