Governor Rauner Signs Olsen Legislation that Addresses Flooding in the Fox River Watershed

A state commission will soon begin studying methods to mitigate flooding and storm water management issues in the Fox River Watershed thanks to legislation sponsored by State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) that was signed into law on Friday.

“Communities in the collar counties, especially in DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will, have been affected by floods in recent years, and property owners are looking to the General Assembly for help,” said Olsen. “The commission created through this new law will study and develop an integrated floodplain management coalition of the affected communities so they can jointly leverage community resources to collaborate on flood preparedness, protection, response, recovery, damage reduction, and floodplain management education. They would also seek ways to help prevent future property damage and threats to public health from flooding.”

The Flood Control Commission created through SB 3134, now listed in the Illinois State Statutes as Public Act 100-0730, will be chaired by the Illinois Director of Natural Resources or a designee. Membership will include:
  • Five members appointed by each of four legislative leaders of the General Assembly 
  • One member appointed by each of the chairmen of the DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry County Boards, and the County Executive of Will County upon the advice of the counties’ stormwater management planning committees 
  • One member appointed by each of the chairmen of the DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry County Boards and the County Executive of Will County upon the advice of a municipality in each of the counties 
  • The Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) or designee 
  • The Governor or a designee 
The commission will complete their work and submit a final report to the General Assembly by the end of 2019.

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