Changing Objectives: Chicago Metro Floodwater Plan

by Frank L. Kudrna, (M.ASCE), Dir.; Illinois Dept. of Transportation, Div. of Water Resources, Marina City Office Building, Room 1010, 300 North State, Chicago, Ill. 60610,
Roger K. Olson, Staff Leader; Resource Coordination Staff, Metropolitan Sanitary Dist. of Greater Chicago and Soil Conservation Service, United States Dept. of Agr., P.O. Box 475, Lisle, Ill. 60532,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 13-25

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Within the Chicago metropolitan area there was an urgent need to formulate floodwater management plans which would be accepted by local citizens and agencies and also satisfy requirements for Federal participation in implementation. The process was one of establishing watershed steering committees with close citizen, community and agency involvement from a grassroots level. Technical assistance was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service and local sponsors. The process encouraged formulation of plans that contained a unique balance of structural and nonstructural elements which merged into a comprehensive plan with broad-based support. Structural measures ranged from excavated reservoir and dike and channel improvements to modifications of existing structures.

Subject Headings: Floods | Subways | Aging (material) | Agriculture | Watersheds | Nonstructural elements | Urban areas | Federal government | Structural members | North America | Illinois | United States | Chicago

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