The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
"Conversations" is a monthly gathering of League members and their friends who enjoy a mid-day meal followed by stimulating conversation on a variety of important and evolving issues led by experts in the field.
See the Calendar for the January, February, March and April programs
We will meet in the community room at the Winnetka Park District, 540 Hibbard Road, as we have in previous years. Members should gather at 9:15, and the meetings will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. The meetings will be in the morning unless otherwise noted.
We will meet once every two months. Of course, as most of you already know, we welcome all our members to any or all board meetings. We strongly encourage you to come, particularly if you have an issue or interest that you would like us to pursue.
We look forward to a productive and interesting year together.
Managing Stormwater/Protecting Lake Michigan: Determining the Future NOW
A Community Forum
Severe storms in recent years have seriously impacted our local communities, prompting new strategies for managing stormwater disposal. The methods, means and approaches vary and are often complex, especially when they involve our major natural resource, Lake Michigan, upon which so many of us rely for our drinking water and recreation.
A highly regarded group of expert speakers will discuss these timely issues. They will provide a brief review of the current state of Lake Michigan, and discuss new approaches to help detain and dispose of the large volumes of water we increasingly experience with intense storms. Management plans for stormwater disposal depend on the terrain and infrastructure of individual communities, but there are lessons to be learned and ideas to explore to help avoid damaging flooding for all of our communities. Come, listen to what the experts suggest are best practices and hear the current role federal, state and local governments play. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers from those in the audience. The program will be moderated by former member of the general assembly, Beth Coulson.
WHAT: Managing Stormwater/Protecting Lake Michigan Determining the Future Now + A community Forum
WHEN: Tuesday, October 21 6:30 to 7 pm information tables (lobby) 7:00 to 9 pm Speakers and Q & A (auditorium)
WHERE: Cornog Auditorium, New Trier (West) High School 7 Happ Road, Northfield, IL
SPEAKERS/ J. David Rankin, Program Director, Great Lakes Protection Fund TOPICS: Lake Michigan in Perspective
Jon Grosshans, Community Planner, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Stormwater Tools
Joe Kenney, Community Development Director, Village of Glenview Glenview Stormwater Taskforce: Matching Tools and Problems
Joe Johnson, Principal Project Manager, MWH Global, Winnetka Consultant Winnetka Stormwater Management Plan
Marcia Willhite, Bureau of Water, Chief, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Stormwater Discharge Process for Permits and Public Comment