Blue Island Projects to Alleviate Flooding Problems

Governor Pat Quinn has announced investments for stormwater control projects in Blue Island from his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ water infrastructure, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

It’s important that all of Illinois’ communities are protected from damaging floods,” Governor Quinn said. “To keep up with the extreme weather Illinois has faced in recent years, we must invest locally to ensure our residents and their lands are prepared. These projects in Blue Island will alleviate urban flooding problems the community has experienced and make the stormwater management system more environmentally-friendly.

Blue Island is receiving two Illinois EPA stormwater grants for their “Blue Island, Blue Water” project. Portion of the investment will go toward the Northeast Site Wetland Detention Pond to restore an 11-acre wetland in undeveloped open space bounded by railroads, industrial development and a redeveloped Brownfield site.

Phase two of the project will help reduce stormwater runoff into the combined sewer system through green infrastructure practices within a concentrated area straddling Vincennes Avenue. The $833,558 investment will help reduce pollution, street and basement flooding, and improve wildlife habitat, advance economic development and beautify the community.

The stormwater management project grants are administered through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are also part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program. They fund projects that control or reduce rain-related urban flooding. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation, supporting more than 439,000 jobs over six years.

Governor Quinn launched the Millennium Reserve in 2012. It is a 210-square-mile opportunity to transform a region in transition, and encompasses Chicago’s southeast lakefront, dozens of south side neighborhoods, and 37 south suburban communities.

The Millennium Reserve partnership is committed to conservation and sustainable land use that goes hand-in-hand with healthy communities and a robust economy.

Press Release, October 13, 2014

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