Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting
May 16, 2019
What did the Board Decide?
The commissioners passed the Authority to Amend the Watershed Management Ordinance (WMO) that was previously pulled from the May 2, 2019 MWRD Agenda. This Amendment to WMO contains a number of changes, the most significant of which provides for the study of current provisions and potential future amendments to the WMO. This study is scheduled to begin at the end of 2019 with a target end date of May 2022. The study provides for the following:
After adjournment the Commissioners celebrated the 130th anniversary of the MWRD.
Observer - Nancy Marcus Meeting Length: 2 hours
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - September 6, 2018
Items to Watch for in the Future:
Other Comments or Observations:
1. The Board took several minutes to talk about the recent Calumet explosion where one employee was trapped when part of the roof collapsed. Employees and the fire and police departments were lauded for their prompt and efficient response. An independent Review is underway.
2. Following the Board Meeting, a Study Session was held to present progress to date and 2019 projections for major capital expenditures dealing with infrastructure and equipment upgrades and stormwater management measures.
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Observer - Diane Edmundson Meeting Length: 2 1/2 hours
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - April 5, 2018
What did the Board decide?
There were 46 items on the consent agenda. Highlights include…
Unexpected Votes, Events, Testimony or Items to Watch for in the Future
Other Comments or Observations
Observer - Peggy Pissarreck Meeting Length 1 hr 45 minutes
MWRD Board Meeting - February 4, 2016
There are odor issues at Thornton Quarry that the MWRD is taking steps to remedy before the Spring rains come. They will purchase 13 additional solar mixers to better aerate the combined sewer overflow water in the reservoir that fills the Thornton Quarry during and after a heavy rain event.
MWRD will also purchase “odalogs” or odor detectors, for the Thornton Reservoir to better monitor low levels of Hydrogen Sulfide in the air immediately surrounding the reservoir. The odalogs (and shelters to house them) will be placed around the perimeter of the old quarry.
There have been a dozen calls from households in Harvey over a month’s period for December through January, complaining about odors.It was suggested that odor results be posted on local towns’ websites which are adjacent to the Thornton Quarry, including Harvey, Homewood, Thornton, and South Holland. There are currently MWRD “hotline” contacts on these towns’ websites to be able to report any odor issues.
The odalogs may be repurposed for any other MWRD site with odor sensitivity due to combined sewer overflows when the need arises.
The 13 mixers will join seven already existing mixers that are anchored to the quarry floor and float on the surface of the liquid to mix the water in order to eliminate rotting odors. This total of twenty mixers is thought to be sufficient to aerate the water in the reservoir.
Since smells were already detected in the winter, the MWRD finds it urgent to install both the detection machines and the mixers before the Spring rains begin.
Observer - Amy Little
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