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Northeastern Illinois

Regional water supply planning in Northeastern Illinois has focused on the Deep Bed aquifer system and the Fox River watershed. The planning effort includes the following eleven counties (map): Boone; Cook; DeKalb; DuPage; Grundy; Kane; Kankakee; Kendall; Lake; McHenry; and Will. A Regional Water Supply Planning Group has been formed that includes the following stakeholders: Academia & the Public Interest in Regional Planning; Agriculture; Business, Industry & Power; Conservation & Resource Management; County Goverment; Environmental Advocacy; Municipal Government; Real Estate & Development; and Wastewater & Non-municipal Utilities. The planning effort has been facilitated by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

Primary Publications

Northeastern Illinois Water Supply Planning Investigations: Opportunities and Challenges of Meeting Water Demand in Northeastern Illinois--Full Report (pdf ~13.1mb) The availability and sustainability of an adequate and dependable water supply is essential for public, environmental, and economic health. This understanding led to the initiation, under direction of Executive Order 2006-01, of a three-year program for comprehensive regional water supply planning and management in Illinois. [There is also an Executive Summary version of the report]

Water Demand Scenarios for Northeastern Illinois: 2005-2050, Project Completion Report (pdf ~1.1mb)


Additional Publications and Information

State of Lake County's Water Supply:
Lake County Water Resources

Lake Michigan
Great Lakes Regional Water Use Database A database query tool of the Great Lakes Commission providing access to water use data for the Great Lakes and Lake Michigan.
Lake Level Variability & Water Availability in the Great Lakes (USGS Circ 1311)
Global Warming Here At Home: How is Lake Michigan Faring? (pdf ~1.1mb) -- Presented by Chief Derek Winstanley, Illinois State Water Survey, at the League of Women Voters "Climate Matters" Symposium in Glenview on October 20, 2007.
U.S. Supreme Court Decree (1967) (pdf ~25kb)
U.S. Supreme Court Amendment (1980) (pdf ~27kb)
Level of Lake Michigan Act
Compliance Report: Court Decree & Allocation Program (pdf ~35kb)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Michigan Diversion Accounting Reports

Planning Issues

Sustainability A letter describing the groundwater sustainability policy adopted by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

Water Implications of Biofuels Production in the U. S. A National Research Council report regarding the potential impact of increased use of biofuels on water supplies.

GW-SW interactions

An Analysis of Groundwater Use to Aquifer Potential Yield in Illinois (pdf ~4.8mb)

Water Quality: Northeastern Illinois


Archived Material and Presentations

A Summary of Pumpage: Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifers, NE Illinois, 2000-2004 (pdf ~0.4mb)

Geologic Mapping in Northeast Illinois: What Do We Know About Lake County's Geology? (pdf ~3.7mb) -- Presented by Don Keefer, Geologist, Illinois State Geological Survey, at the September 18, 2007 Lake County Water Meeting, Grayslake, Illinois.

Lake County: Groundwaters and Inland Surface Waters (pdf ~2.1mb) -- Presented by F. Edward Glatfelter, Water Supply Planner, Illinois State Water Survey, at the September 18, 2007 Lake County Water Meeting, Grayslake, Illinois.

Strategic Plan For Water Resource Management (Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission) (pdf 1.6mb)

Troubled Waters, Meeting Future Water Needs In Illinois (The Campaign for Sensible Growth, Metropolitan Planning Council, and Openlands Project) (pdf ~860kb)

Annual CMAP Progress Report 2007 (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning) (pdf ~128kb)

Changing Course: Recommendations for Balancing Regional Growth and Water Resources in Northeastern Illinois (The Campaign for Sensible Growth, Metropolitan Planning Council, and Openlands Project) (pdf ~1.7mb)

Chicago's Water Agenda 2003 (The City of Chicago) (pdf ~1.2mb)

Planning For Drought (pdf ~0.6mb) -- Presented by Derek Winstanley, Illinois State Water Survey, at the 2007 Priority Places Workshop: Implementing a Sustainable Water Supply for Kane County’s Future, on September 20, 2007 in Geneva, Illinois.

Surface Water

Fox River

Surface Water Availability in Kane County (pdf ~2.2mb) -- Presented by H. Vernon Knapp, Illinois State Water Survey, at the 2007 Priority Places Workshop: Implementing a Sustainable Water Supply for Kane County’s Future, on September 20, 2007 in Geneva, Illinois.

NE IL Streams: Factors Affecting Distribution & Availability of Streamflow for Water Supply & Instream Needs (pdf ~1.5mb) -- Presented by H. Vernon Knapp, Senior Hydrologist, Center for Watershed Science, Illinois State Water Survey, on May 22, 2007 at a meeting of the Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Supply Planning Group at Ryerson Woods, Deerfield, Illinois.

Groundwater

Groundwater Flow Modeling (pdf ~2.2mb) -- Presented by Douglas D. Walker, Illinois State Water Survey, at the 2007 Priority Places Workshop: Implementing a Sustainable Water Supply for Kane County’s Future, on September 20, 2007 in Geneva, Illinois.

Groundwater Occurence & Movement: An Introductory Discussion with Application to Northeastern Illinois (pdf ~4.8mb) -- Presented by Al Wehrmann, Director, Center for Groundwater Science, at the April 24, 2007 Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Supply Planning Group meeting in Woodstock, Illinois.

A Summary of Pumpage: Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifers, NE Illinois, 2000-2004 Stephen L. Burch and H. Allen Wehrmann -- Cambrian-Ordovician aquifers underlying the Chicago region at depths of 500 to 1,600 feet have been prolific sources of groundwater for more than 100 years. The Chicago region includes Cook, Kendall, DuPage, Lake, Grundy, McHenry, Kane, and Will Counties. Groundwater pumpage from the Cambrian-Ordovician aquifers ... (pdf ~400k)

Deep Bedrock Aquifers

Geologic Setting: Regional Bedrock Geology (pdf ~3.1mb) -- Presented by William S. Dey, Illinois State Geologic Survey, at the 2007 Priority Places Workshop: Implementing a Sustainable Water Supply for Kane County’s Future, on September 20, 2007 in Geneva, Illinois.

Effects of Historical Pumping on Deep Groundwater Circulation (pdf ~1.9mb) -- Presented by Douglas D. Walker, Illinois State Water Survey, at the 2007 Priority Places Workshop: Implementing a Sustainable Water Supply for Kane County’s Future, on September 20, 2007 in Geneva, Illinois.

Effects of Future Pumping on Deep Groundwater Circulation (pdf ~1.2mb) -- Presented by Yu-Feng Lin, Illinois State Water Survey, at the 2007 Priority Places Workshop: Implementing a Sustainable Water Supply for Kane County’s Future, on September 20, 2007 in Geneva, Illinois.

Effects of Future Pumping on Deep Groundwater Quality (pdf ~1.5mb) -- Presented by Scott C. Meyer, Illinois State Water Survey, at the 2007 Priority Places Workshop: Implementing a Sustainable Water Supply for Kane County’s Future, on September 20, 2007 in Geneva, Illinois.

A Comparison of Potentiometric Surfaces for the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifers of Northeastern Illinois, 1995 and 2000, (DCS 2002-02 ) (pdf ~1.6mb)

Water-Level Trends and Pumpage in the Deep Bedrock Aquifers in the Chicago Region, 1991-1995 (pdf ~600kb)

Water-Level Trends and Pumpage in the Deep Bedrock Aquifers in the Chicago Region, 1985-1991

Geology, Hydrology, and Water Quality of the Cambrian and Ordovician Systems in Northern Illinois (COOP-10 ) (pdf ~2.1mb)

Shallow Aquifers

Geologic Setting: Shallow and Local Geology (pdf ~2.8mb) -- Presented by William S. Dey, Illinois State Geologic Survey, at the 2007 Priority Places Workshop: Implementing a Sustainable Water Supply for Kane County’s Future, on September 20, 2007 in Geneva, Illinois.

Effects of Historical Pumping on Shallow Groundwater Circulation (pdf ~0.6mb) -- Presented by George S. Roadcap, Illinois State Water Survey, at the 2007 Priority Places Workshop: Implementing a Sustainable Water Supply for Kane County’s Future, on September 20, 2007 in Geneva, Illinois.

Effects of Future Pumping on Shallow Groundwater Circulation (pdf ~4.7mb) -- Presented by George S. Roadcap, Illinois State Water Survey, at the 2007 Priority Places Workshop: Implementing a Sustainable Water Supply for Kane County’s Future, on September 20, 2007 in Geneva, Illinois.

Major Quaternary Aquifers (pdf ~4.8mb) A poster of major Kane County sand and gravel aquifers, prepared by William S. Dey, Alec M. Davis and B. Brandon Curry, Illinois State Geological Survey.

Aquifer Sensitivity to Contamination (pdf ~3.8mb) A poster representing potential aquifer vulnerability to contamination from sources at or near the surface, prepared by William S. Dey, Alec M. Davis and B. Brandon Curry, Illinois State Geological Survey.

Mapping Shallow Groundwater Levels (pdf ~0.5mb) A poster of selected information from the Kane County shallow groundwater mapping investigation, prepared by Randell A. Locke II, Illinois State Water Survey.

Water Use in Kane County (pdf ~0.5mb) -- Presented by Scott C. Meyer, Illinois State Water Survey, at the 2007 Priority Places Workshop: Implementing a Sustainable Water Supply for Kane County’s Future, on September 20, 2007 in Geneva, Illinois.

Climate

Water Demand Scenarios

Climate Change & Drought Scenarios for Water Supply Planning (pdf ~27kb)



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