Join us for a virtual presentation by Richard Lanyon, former Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and author of several books documenting the engineered drainage system in metropolitan Chicago and history of the engineered MWRD infrastructure.
Up until this century, Evanston had serious and widespread flooding problems. With implementation of the 1990 Long Range Sewer Improvement Program, beginning in 1992 and completed in 2008, flooding problems have almost disappeared. Global warming may change that. Already, we appear to be experiencing more intense storm episodes. The 2018 Evanston Climate Action and Resilience Plan recommends the preparation of a comprehensive stormwater management plan to address current and future flooding problems.
Mr. Lanyon will describe the history of drainage and flooding problems; development of the 1990 Long Range Sewer Improvement Program; the combined, relief and storm sewer systems; and current stormwater management planning. The presentation includes maps, photographs, bullet point summaries, and sewer infrastructure schematics. In addition to Evanston sewer infrastructure, the presentation includes the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s deep tunnel project as it benefits Evanston.