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Board of Commissioners honors U.S. Minority Contractors Association’s 23rd Annual Millennium Builders Awards/Banquet

Rev. Larry Bullock, President and Chief Ex­ecutive Officer of the U.S. Minority Con­tractors Association (USMCA), attended the Metropolitan Water Reclamation Dis­trict of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD’s) Nov. 6 board meeting to accept a resolution from Vice President Barbara McGowan, chair­man of the Affirmative Action committee and Commissioner Frank Avila, vice chair­man of the Affirmative Action Commit­tee. The USMCA was honored for its 23rd Annual Millennium Builders Awards and Banquet to be held November 13, 2014 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. Read more here.


Pride School students first to decorate MWRD rain barrel for contest

Art students at the Pride School in Oak Lawn were the first to enter our rain barrel painting contest. Launched over the summer for high school art students, participating schools were provided with five compli­mentary rain barrels, and students were invited to alter the look of the traditional rain barrel and incorporate an environmental theme. Learn more here.


Officials break ground on Mayfair Reservoir Expansion in Westchester

A long-awaited flood reduction project in Westchester is underway now that ground has been broken on the Mayfair Reservoir Expansion project. State Representative Chris Welch, Cook County Commissioner Liz Gorman, Mayor Sam Pulia, Vil­lage Trustees, Commissioners from the Metropoli­tan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and other officials grasped shovels to dig up the ceremonial soil to signify the beginning of con­struction on 33 acre-feet of storage and a new 36” re­lief sewer. This work will provide direct flood reduction benefits to an estimated 60 residential structures and will reduce storm-related impacts for approximately 120 homeowners. Learn more here.


MWRD Commissioners tour Fulton County property, announce new partnership with IDNR

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Vice President Barbara McGowan and Chair­man of Finance Mariyana Spyropoulos joined Illinois Depart­ment of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller on behalf of Governor Pat Quinn, state senator Dave Koehler and other local officials to tour MWRD property and announce a new partnership. Read more here.


MWRD Commissioners join Governor Quinn, Mayor Emanuel, Congresswoman Kelly for major announcement at Millennium Reserve

MWRD officials joined Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other elected officials and community leaders in announcing the expansion of public recreational opportunities on unused portions of Lake Calumet last Saturday. The Open Land Trust Fund is purchasing the property for $9 million from the Illinois International Port District. The property will be managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Learn more here.

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