October 2, 2013

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Chicago-Based Planning Agency Selects Geosyntec Team to Develop Watershed Plan

CHICAGO, Il. — Geosyntec Consultants, along with teaming partners Cowhey Gudmundson Leder, Ltd. (CGL) and Clark Dietz, Inc., is pleased to announce its selection by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and the Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group to develop a watershed plan that describes strategies to protect and restore Hickory Creek and its tributaries. Hickory Creek, which has been referred to as the "gem" of the Des Plaines River system in Illinois, is facing increasing pressure from watershed urbanization. Among the potential sources of watershed impairment are municipal point source discharges, combined sewer overflows, urban runoff, channelization, impacts from hydrostructure flow modification, and site clearance.

The primary objective of the project is to develop a watershed plan that meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's nine minimum elements for developing an approvable watershed management plan, with emphasis on the vision and policy as well as short-term implementation program sections of the plan. The project is being funded by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency under Clean Water Act Section 604(b) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The Geosyntec team will be led by project manager Mark Willobee of the firm's Oak Brook, Ill., office. Mark will have support from other Geosyntec technical staff based in Oak Brook, downtown Chicago, Columbia, Mo., and Boston. CGL's project support will include the ordinance evaluation portion of plan development, with Clark Dietz providing evaluation of any potential wastewater treatment improvements. From our offices in Oak Brook and downtown Chicago, Geosyntec has been serving clients in the Chicagoland area for over 15 years.