Plainfield to remain in watershed coalition
BY MADHU MAYER Correspondent September 14, 2013 6:22PM
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:13AM
Believing that it’s best for the community and the environment, Plainfield trustees have decided the village should remain a part of the Lower DuPage River Watershed Coalition.
Public works director Allen Persons told the village board at Monday’s meeting that being a member helps the village influence regulatory and financial management of stormwater and wastewater issues. It also improves access to federal and state grant funding and helps ensure the feasibility of EPA permit requirements being met.
Persons said the nonprofit was seeking a contribution of $21,238 from Plainfield for this year. That is a decrease of almost $6,000 from last year because more groups are in the coalition, he said.
Persons said village staff have been actively involved in the coalition for several years.
“Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency regulatory activity in other communities has demonstrated the importance of the village staying actively involved in local watershed groups,” he said.
The coalition seeks funding from all municipal agencies that discharge wastewater and stormwater within the watershed. Members include Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Joliet, Naperville, Romeoville, Shorewood, Channahon and Will County.
Village Trustee Jim Racich said he fully supports the coalition’s efforts as it strives to improve water quality. He remembers growing up in the 1940s and 1950s and said people did not complain about items being dumped in the river.
“The board supports things that improve our quality of life,” he said.