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Cook County Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
MWRD: Josina Morita, Democrat
Josina Morita understands the need to engage communities in protecting our water quality. Her background in urban planning and community organizing make her an obvious choice for tackling current challenges facing the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Extreme weather events due to climate change are becoming the norm, which has led to large quantities of stormwater runoff that floods our homes and destroys water quality and habitat. Capturing more rainwater where it falls with green infrastructure will help protect our homes from flooding and will also help protect water quality by reducing the amount of polluted runoff that reaches our rivers, lakes and streams.
Environmentalism has been a personal and professional endeavor. She has been active in fighting incinerators, increasing public transportation, reducing the use of toxic chemicals in the workplace, and expanding green spaces like community gardens and pocket parks in some of our densest communities.
MWRD: Tim Bradford, Democrat
Tim Bradford will bring local government experience to MWRD. As a township administrator he has had to address local emergencies and difficulties that have arisen as a result of extreme weather events and flooding. He recognizes the need to work with local municipalities to develop programs to address stormwater and flooding problems.
Additionally as a Sierra Club member, Commissioner in the Olympia Fields Park District and through involvement with the Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center, Bradford realizes the importance of open space in our county. MWRD is one of the largest landowning government entities in the Chicagoland region, and supports maintaining those holdings for habitat and recreation purposes.
MWRD: Cynthia Santos, Democrat
Cynthia Santos as a current commissioner supported the districtís move to disinfect effluent from all MWRD facilities, which is a huge step forward for public health and wildlife. She was also a supporter of the Districtís work to control for flooding.
She is supportive of the District engaging and being part of the solution to address invasive species in the Great Lakes and Chicago Area Waterways System. Santos understands that blocking the Asian Carp and other invasive species can be a part of a restoration of the Chicago River system that improves water quality and reduces flooding in our neighborhoods, and that investing in clean water infrastructure can create thousands of good jobs
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