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Public Outreach Events and Resources

Thank you to all those who participated in the Public Outreach meetings that were held in December 2020 and for those that responded to the public survey. The Public Comment period for this outreach session was closed on January 15, 2021 and results will be used to further develop the State Water Plan.

The next Public Outreach meetings will be held in May 2021 to allow input to the Task Force developed recommendations for each critical water issue. Information for those meetings will be posted on this website once they are finalized.

Note that all web links are denoted below in red.   

Main Outreach Presentation

The following links provide a brief overview about each of the 13 identified critical issues. The presentation has been provided in both a video or slideshow format to allow viewing options. 

Recorded Summary Video Link:  SWP_Phase1_FullPresentation.mp4
Recorded Summary Slideshow Link:  SWP_Phase1_FullPresentation

Live Q&A Sessions

Three outreach sessions were held at varying times to maximize public participation. Each day’s meetings covered the same information and lasted around 2 hours. The Introduction and Wrap-up sessions were open to all attendees at once. Breakout rooms were provided to allow discussion of specific issues as listed below.  

Links to Live recordings of the meetings have been posted below. 



10 am CST

Wednesday 12/2/2020
2:00 pm CST

5:00 pm CST

(15 min)

Tues Intro

Weds Intro

Thurs Intro

Breakout Rm 1: 1 hr
· Water Sustainability
· Lake Michigan
· Integrated Water Management

​Same as Intro

​Same as Intro
​Same as Intro
Breakout Rm 2: 1 hr
· Water Quality
· Long Term Funding
· Aquatic & Riparian Habitat

Tues Breakout 2

No Recording 


Weds Breakout 2 
No Recording 

Thurs Breakout 2
No Recording 


Breakout Rm 3: 1 hr
· IL Water Use Laws & Regs
· Navigation
· Erosion & Sedimentation
· Recreation

Tues Breakout 3


Weds Breakout 3

Thurs Breakout 3

Breakout Rm 4: 1 hr
· Climate Change
· Flood Damage Mitigation
· Data Management

Tues Breakout 4

Weds Breakout 4
No Recording

Thurs Breakout 4

Wrap Up (45 min)

​Same as Intro

Same as Intro

Same as Intro


“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   

Upcoming Task Force Meeting Schedule

April 21, 2021, 10:00 AM – at IDNR building, Room TBD or web conference
July 14, 2021, 10:00 AM - at IDNR building, Room TBD or web conference
September 8, 2021, 10:00 AM - at IDNR building, Room TBD or web conference
December 8, 2021, 10:00 AM – at IDNR building, Room TBD or web conference

The focus of the next State Water Plan Task Force meeting in April will be a discussion about the report format and each group's recommendations. Secondly, we will discuss the next steps in the report development and the format of the next Public Outreach meeting. 

Recent Task Force Meeting Details

  February 10, 2021   AgendaPresentation  Minutes , Video  
  September 16, 2020   AgendaPresentation  Minutes , Video  
  June 10, 2020   AgendaPresentation MinutesVideo      
  March 18, 2020   Cancelled due to COVID-19   
  December 11, 2019   AgendaPresentation ,Minutes   
  September 18, 2019   AgendaPresentation ,Minutes   
  June 12, 2019   AgendaPresentation Minutes   
  March 22, 2019   AgendaPresentation Minutes   
Recent Meeting Summary: Links are provided above for the February 10, 2021 meeting agenda, IDNR presentation, and minutes. This meeting was held using Web-Ex so a full recording of the meeting is also provided as a link. Each committee will be finalizing their list of sub-issues and starting to develop their recommendations over the next few months. The report format and dates/ times for the second Public Outreach effort were discussed. The project schedule was updated to reflect the changes discussed during the meeting. Finally, the agenda for the next Task Force meeting in April was discussed.

The critical issues, lead agencies and contact information are shown in the table below.

Lead Agency​

​Supporting Agencies
​Water Quality
Michael Brown
​Climate Change
​Dave Kristovich

​Integrated Water Management
​Loren Wobig
​Long Term Funding
Michael Brown

​Water Sustainability
​Wes Cattoor

​Lake Michigan
​Jim Casey

​Flood Damage Mitigation
​Terra McParland
​Aquatic & Riparian Habitat
​Brian Metzke
​Water Use Laws & Regulations
​Steve Altman
​BJ Murray
​Erosion & Sedimentation
​Brian Rennecker
​Data Management
​Laura Keefer
​Seth Love   
Brandon Caputo
​seth.love@illinois.gov  Brennan.Caputo@Illinois.gov

 Project Schedule

Identifying Issues Phase

Mar 8 – Finalize Issues

Developing Recommendations Phase

April 7 – Submit Committee’s list of recommendations
April 21 – SWPTF meeting – discuss recommendations outreach
May 11, 12, 13– Public Outreach on report recommendations
June 18 – Close public comments period
July 14 – SWPTF meeting – discuss comments and next steps
Aug 31 – Finalize recommendations

Final Report Phase

Sept 8 – SWPTF meeting – Discuss draft report and outreach
Oct 11 – Submit Committee’s Draft Section
Oct 30 – Combined Draft report developed
Nov 17 – Final Public Outreach on draft report
Dec 8 – SWPTF meeting – discuss final report needs
Dec 31 – Publish Report

(Outreach meetings, Task Force Meetings)

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
  • Begin developing recommendations for the key problems

Plan Update Supporting Documents

Water Quality Stakeholder Meeting 2020-08-06
  • 2020_08_06 NGO Input WQI SWP Final Minutes pdf

Water Quality Stakeholder Meeting 2020-08-13
  • 2020_08_13 Final NGO Input Funding Minutes pdf


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 are listed in chronological order. Bold indicates Original State Water Plan (1967) and major updates through 1994. Click on leftmost icon below for links to the reports. 

      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)