Committees: Watershed Management
Committee Chair:Lindsay Birt, PhD
Huff and Huff, a subsidiary of GZA
Committee Vice Chair:Andrea Cline
- Lindsey Birt, Huff & Huff, asubsidiary of GZA (Committee Chair)
- Andrea Cline, Geosyntec (Vice Chair)
- Beth Baranski, League of Women Voters of Jo Davies County
- Dan Bounds, Baxter & Woodman
- Matthew Bardo, Geosyntec
- Deanna Doohaluk, The Conservation Foundation
- Mary Beth Falsey, DuPage County
- Stephen McCracken, The Conservation Foundation
- Cindy Skrukrud, Sierra Club
- Scott Tomkins, Illinois EPA
- Jennifer Wasik, MWRD
For further information or to join the committee, please contact Dr. LIndsay Birt using the contact information shown above.
IWEA's Watershed Management Committee focuses on recommending, developing, and conducting activities that broaden the understanding of watershed management and preserving and enhancing the Illinois water environment. The Committee meets periodically throughout the year to share news, tools and resources, and ways to get involved in Illinois watershed management. The Committee’s diverse membership meets via conference call to provide updates on regulations, watershed group initiatives, funding sources, challenges and implementation successes. The Committee also organizes workshops and seminars for IWEA members, regulatory agencies, and local watershed organizations to collaborate on current water quality challenges and share ideas and information.
Annual Conference - Watershed Management Track
The Committee plans, organizes, and hosts the Watershed Management Track each year at the Illinois Wastewater Professional Conference (IWPC), which is the joint conference hosted by IWEA and the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators in Springfield, IL. The Watershed Management Track features updates on several Illinois EPA programs, including Water Quality Standards, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), Non-Point Source Program, and Permits Section. The track also includes a variety of presentations and round table discussions from watershed group members throughout the state on timely watershed management topics.
Past Conference Slides
For the IWEA Clarifier, the Committee produces quarterly articles on watershed management related topics. These articles are titled “From the Shed” and include a variety of information about water quality initiatives, regulations, resources, and Committee activities. The Committee is also responsible for the Illinois watershed trivia question included in each issue.
IWEA Clarifier Newsletters
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) ProgramThe Committee has taken the lead in clarifying permit conditions in the State’s municipal stormwater permit (MS4 Permit). The Committee hosts quarterly conference calls with Illinois EPA staff to field questions and discuss implementation options.
Past MS4 Program Calls
For information on joining or providing questions for future calls, please contact Dan Bounds using the contact information shown above.
Illinois Watershed Group Overviews
The Committee also provides information about Illinois watershed groups to others interested in watershed management. These statewide watershed groups work within their local watersheds to improve water quality through public education, implementation projects, monitoring and assessment, and advocacy.
The information provided for each watershed group includes:
- Water quality issues
- Implementation measures and achievements
- Contact information
- Other general information