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State Water Plan Task Force



“For state agencies to develop a concise plan for addressing the water issues facing the state in an efficient and unified front.”   


  • Identify critical water issues
  • Make recommendations to address Issues
  • Implement recommendations
  • Revaluate critical issues and needs   

External Review & Public Hearings

There will be 3 separate meetings held at 3 different locations, Chicago, Springfield and Southern Illinois, except the last meeting will occur only in Springfield. The meetings will be held after the problems are identified, after the recommendations are listed and after a draft report are produced. The locations and time of the first round of outreach are as follows:  
All meetings have been postponed at this time due to CoronaVirus travel restrictions.  
April 16th, 2020 1:30-3:30 PM – Giant City State Park, Lodge (Southern IL)
April 21st, 2020 1:30-3:30 PM – IDNR Main Office, Lake Level B & C (Central IL)
April 24th, 2020 1:30-3:30 PM – Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Cook County Room (must register by submitting first and last name to dnr.owrplanning@illinois.gov)

Upcoming Task Force Meeting Schedule

June 10, 2020, 10:00 AM - at IDNR building, Lake Level A
Sept 16, 2020, 10:00 AM - at IDNR building, Lake Level A
Dec 9, 2020, 10:00 AM - at IDNR building, Lake Level A
March 18, 2021, 10:00 AM - at IDNR building, Room TBD

Recent Task Force Meeting Details

  March 18, 2020   Cancelled due to COVID-19   
  December 11, 2019   Agenda, Presentation ,Minutes   
  September 18, 2019   Agenda, Presentation ,Minutes   
  June 12, 2019   Agenda, Presentation Minutes   
  March 22, 2019   Agenda, Presentation Minutes   
A copy of the meeting’s presentation is linked above which includes the meeting’s agenda (previous meeting information is also linked). The meeting started with a discussion about the upcoming public outreach meetings. Three separate outreach meetings (spring, summer and fall) will be held to allow the public to provide input into the planning process. Meetings will be held in Chicago, Springfield and Southern IL. The first meeting will provide a brief overview of the project to date and outline the critical issues as determined by the Task Force. The meeting will then break into groups to allow public input about their critical issues. This input and any written comments will be incorporated into the report. The second meeting will present the recommendations to date and will solicit input again from the public to make sure all alternatives are considered. The third meeting will be held after the DRAFT report has been published for review and will be held in Springfield and be presented as a webcast.

The plan issues and lead agencies are shown in the table below.

The schedule was reviewed and revised as follows: (report milestones, Outreach meetings, Task Force Meetings):
  • October 2019 – Background information
  • January 2020 – Submit problems narrative
  • March 18, 2020 – Task Force Meeting
  • Spring 2020 – First outreach meetings (Chicago, Springfield, Southern IL)
  • June 10, 2020 – Task Force Meeting
  • July 2020 – Submit recommendations narrative
  • Summer 2020 – Second outreach meetings (Chicago, Springfield, Southern IL)
  • September 16, 2020 – Task Force Meeting
  • October 2020 – Submit final draft of section narrative
  • Fall 2020 – Third outreach meeting (Springfield webcast)
  • December 9, 2020 – Task Force Meeting
  • December 2020 – Publish report
The focus of the next State Water Plan Task Force meeting will include a discussion about the upcoming outreach meeting, each group’s problems, and overlapping issues.  

Current Activities

The Task Force will continue addressing the issues that they are leading. This may include any of the following activities.
  • Identifying lead individuals
  • Determining committee members
  • Researching previous and current applicable activities
  • Coordination with supporting agencies
  • Outreach to stakeholders
  • Begin identifying key problems to address

State Water Plan Task Force Overview

An Illinois State Water Plan was first published in March of 1967 and was entitled “Water for Illinois, A Plan for Action”. 
In 1980 Governor Thompson appointed a Task Force to prepare a State Water Plan.  The current State Water Plan Task Force is comprised of the following members:  
The plan was intended to provide policy and program guidance in water resources management.  The most recent Illinois State Water Plan: Critical Issues, Cross-Cutting Topics, Operating Issues was published in January 1984.  Following this report, the Task Force continued to meet and publish several subsequent documents to continue the planning process and to provide updated information.  A list of published documents is provided below.


Published Documents

Reports listed in chronological order. Bold indicates Original State Water Plan (1967) and major updates through 1994.
      Water for Illinois: A Plan for Action (Mar 1967)
      Plan of Study: Illinois State Water Plan (Mar 1981) 
      Illinois Water Resources and Use (Jan 1982, Special Report No. 1)
      Atmospheric Changes and Management Issues (Aug 1982, Special Report No. 2)
      Hydropower (Oct 1982, Information Paper No. 1)
      Inland Waterway and Deep Draft Navigation (Oct 1982, Information Paper No. 2)
      Illinois Water Research Needs and a Catalog of Water Research in Illinois (Mar 1983, Special Report No. 5)
      Drought Contingency Planning (Jun 1983, Special Report No. 3)
      Water Conservation.pdf (Jan 1984, Special Report No. 4)
      Instream Flow Protection: A Planning Standard for Illinois Streams (UNK, Special Report No. 6)
      Illinois State Water Plan: Critical Issues, Cross-Cutting Topics, Operating Issues (Jan 1984)
      Strategy for the Protection of Underground Water in Illinois (Oct 1984, Special Report No. 8)
      Lake Sedimentation Surveys in Illinois (Feb 1985, Special Report No. 9)
      Stream Sediment Monitoring Program for Illinois (Aug 1985, Special Report No. 10)
      Illinois Streamgaging Network Program: Related Studies and Results (Dec 1986, Prepared for SWPTF)
      Illinois River Basin Action Plan (Oct 1987, Special Report No. 11)
      Groundwater Quantity Issues (Feb 1989, Special Report No. 12)
      Biological Stream Characterization (BSC): A Biological Assessment of Illinois Stream Quality (Jul 1989, Special Report No. 13)
      Ground-Water Supply and Demand in Illinois (1991, Special Report No. 14)
      Illinois Streams Natural Resource Assessment (Sept 1990, Special Report No. 16)
      State of Illinois Response to the 1988-1990 Drought (Jan 1991, Special Report No. 17)
      Illinois State Water Plan: Remaining Issues and Implementation Requirements (Nov 1994)
      State of Illinois Drought Preparedness and Response Plan (Oct 2011, Update of Drought Contingency Planning Report Above)