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  • Model Stormwater Ordinance Contains Ideas to Prevent Flood Damage

    Posted by on November 7, 2015
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in collaboration with Illinois State Water Survey, developed a model stormwater ordinance to help Illinois communities manage flooding and combat flooding-related damages in urban areas.  The ordinance was developed as a result of a report that found increasing extreme precipitation events and that an increasing number of flood claims are occuring o...
  • Court: Vehicle Registration Surcharge to Support Illinois DNR is Constitutional

    Posted by on August 18, 2015
    In Illinois, a $2 surcharge to fund the Department of Natural Resources is added to motor-vehicle registration fees, and this surcharge was challenged as being unconstitutional.  In Friedman v. White, the Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District affirmed a trial court's ruling granting a motion to dismiss a complaint seeking a ruling that the DNR surcharge violated the uniformity clause ...
  • US EPA Creates Great Lakes Advisory Board

    Posted by on June 4, 2012
    U.S. EPA recently announced in a press release the creation of an advisory board to support federal agencies with the implementation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the updated Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The new board, the federal government’s first advisory committee on Great Lakes ...
  • Federal District Rules Clean Water Act Claim Not Viable Against Village

    Posted by on November 26, 2010
    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently granted a motion to dismiss in Lobrow v. Village of Port Barrington, Case No. 10 C 3004, a case in which the plaintiff alleged that a subdivision was developed without required wetlands permits under Clean Water Act section 404. Citing the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Froebel v. Meyer, 27 F.3d 928 (7th Cir. 2000), th...
  • Illinois Federal District Court Rules That Plaintiff Does Not Have Standing To Challenge Clean Water Act Permit For Landfill

    Posted by on October 27, 2010
    The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois recently issued an opinion granting summary judgment for the defendants in American Bottom Conservancy v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Case No. 09-603-GPM, which concerns a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Waste Management of Illinois pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Since 1984, Waste Managem...

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