Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Project Cost


Market Sector

Local Government


Municipal Consulting, Water Resources

Stormwater Program Manager

Cook County, Illinois

  • V3 is providing Program Management services to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) as they initiate a Stormwater Master Planning program, a multifaceted, holistic approach to address urban flooding.
  • V3 is multi-year program will assess stormwater planning needs at the community level and support the development of stormwater master plans based on flood risk and areas in need of planning assistance.
  • V3 is providing Program Manager services for the separate sewer area of Cook County, which includes 123 separate municipalities and townships covering 577 square miles within the MWRD’s service. The project includes:
    • Development of a questionnaire to all municipalities and townships in Cook County to collect data regarding urban flooding problems, as well as to identify other needs and issues within each community.
    • Establishment of study boundaries for each stormwater master plan, based on hydrologic, topographic and geo-political divides.
    • Development and implementation of a transparent and equitable method of prioritizing areas based on the need for planning resources and the need for flood solutions.
  • Once prioritized for study, V3 is coordinating with each municipality to define needs and opportunities to create holistic solutions to flooding problems. An “individual study profile” will be developed for each individual study area which will guide the development of future stormwater master plans to be performed by others.
  • V3 also developed a green infrastructure “how to” manual for homeowners and municipal developers. The homeowner green book provided step-by-step installation guidance for a number of stormwater best management practices. The municipal green book provided implementation guidance for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s stormwater technical manual, aiming to make best management practices more understandable for developers and municipal engineers.