Committees: Watershed Management


Committee Chair:

Lindsay Birt, PhD
Huff and Huff, a subsidiary of GZA
(630) 684-4407

Committee Vice Chair:

Andrea Cline
(630) 203-3366

Committee Members

For further information or to join the committee, please contact Dr. LIndsay Birt using the contact information shown above.

Committee Mission:

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.


Committee Activities:

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

Newsletter Articles

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) Program

The 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
IWEA Watershed Tool