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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 2, 2014 
CONTACTS:
Chris Young 
217-557-1240 
 
 
IDNR Seeks Public Input on Illinois Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program 
Public is invited to attend three public meetings this month 
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Coastal Management Program (ICMP) will host three public meetings over the next two weeks to present and answer questions about the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control (CNPC) Program.

Nonpoint source pollution comes from many diffuse sources, and since it cannot be traced to any one source, it is everyone’s responsibility. This kind of water pollution is primarily related to stormwater management. Along the Illinois coast of Lake Michigan, stormwater is mostly managed, treated and ultimately discharged away from the Lake Michigan basin. Yet, despite billions of dollars in infrastructure investments over the decades, basements still flood and wastewater still overflows into Lake Michigan.

The ICMP, like all states with a Coastal Management Program, is charged with addressing nonpoint source pollution. In cooperation with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency 319 program, the ICMP developed a CNPC program to guide a long term commitment to helping address nonpoint source pollution in the Coastal Zone.
Interested citizens, organizations and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend a public meeting to provide feedback on the CNPC program and share concerns about nonpoint source pollution in their community. 

• Monday, July 7, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle Street, Room N-502, Chicago, IL 60601
Please bring a photo ID for security

• Monday, July 7, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
North Point Marina, 701 North Point Drive, Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096

• Tuesday, July 15, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Calumet City Administration Building, 204 Pulaski Road, Calumet City, IL 60409

If you are unable to attend a meeting, please review the report online and share feedback through an online survey at: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/cmp/Pages/NonpointPollutionProgram.aspx.

For additional information and to learn more about the Illinois Coastal Management Program, visit http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/CMP or contact Lisa Cotner, lisa.cotner@illinois.gov, 312-814-6414.
 
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