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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Johnna Kelly 630-407-6022

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

DuPage County Hosting East Branch DuPage River Resiliency Plan Public Information Meeting Feb. 23

DuPage County will host a public information meeting regarding the draft East Branch DuPage River Watershed Resiliency Plan on Monday, Feb. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Lombard Village Hall, 255 E. Wilson Ave.

“Over the past few months, the County has been working closely with East Branch Watershed communities – many of whom are still recovering from the April 2013 flood – and other stakeholders to determine what steps need to be taken to lessen the effects of extreme weather,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “The draft East Branch Watershed Resiliency Plan is the culmination of that work.”

DuPage County began studying the East Branch Watershed, which encompasses the central portion of DuPage County extending from Addison into Will County, to assess how communities could become more resilient during and after extreme weather events. In order to accomplish this, DuPage County asked local communities to provide information on flooding and quality of life in the area. The resulting draft plan provides a comprehensive overview of the watershed, including where vulnerabilities lie and how to protect the area better against future weather extremes.

During the public meeting, constituents will have the opportunity to learn more about the data and information that helped form the draft document, as well the proposed recommendations moving forward. In addition, they may provide feedback and input on the draft plan.

“Residents and business owners had a hand in developing this draft plan, so we want their feedback on the document as a whole,” added Chairman Zay. “In order to help our communities become more resilient, we need participation on an individual, local level.”

The draft East Branch DuPage River Watershed Resiliency Plan is currently open for public comment through Tuesday, Feb. 24. To view the draft document and submit comments electronically, visit /EDP/Stormwater_Management/49261/.

Paper copies are also available by request. Please email stormwatermgmt@dupageco.org or call (630) 407-6706 to request one.