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March 22, 2019



In 2010, the UN recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” The human right to water entitles everyone, without discrimination, to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use; which includes water for drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation, and personal and household hygiene. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind,’ which is the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit. Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. Today, billions of people are still living without safe water, which means ‘safely managed drinking water service’: water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed, and free from contamination. Their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.



Illinois is emerging as a leader in solar job creation as reported in the 2018 Solar Jobs Census. Illinois had a 37% year/year solar job growth rate from 2017-2018 and is second only to Florida in the number of solar jobs added in 2018. Nationwide, solar jobs decreased slightly last year but the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), passed in 2016, requires Illinois to generate 25% of our power from renewable energy by 2025. With an average of 4-5 hours of sunshine per day, good flat land, and the FEJA’s incentives for solar development, the demand for people to site, install, and maintain solar arrays will continue to grow. A bill introduced in 2019, The Clean Energy Jobs Act (SB2131/HB6324), seeks to take Illinois to 100% renewables by 2050.



Illinois RiverWatch has issued their Annual Report for 2018 with some good news. This year’s most improved stream in Illinois is the Rock Creek, about 50 miles south of Chicago in the Kankakee River State Park. The creek has seen “fluctuations from year to year, but overall this stream has had an impressive trend of improvement over the last two decades.” A shout out to the Illinois State Parks for a job well done in improving this stream!



University of Illinois Extension’s next Local Government Education webinar, Supporting Communities Before and After Disasters: EDEN and IPWMAN, which airs on Thursday, April 4th at Noon (CST), will be presented by Carrie McKillip, Chair-Elect of Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) and University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development Educator, and Ed Markison, President of Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN) and McHenry County Maintenance Superintendent.  They will review the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), nonprofit Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN), and how these organizations help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters. McKillip and Markison will discuss information that community leaders need to know, how to access resources and information, and the benefits of IPWMAN membership.



May 16 (Belleville) - Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference

April 4 (LGE Webinar) - After the Disaster: A Guide to Post-Disaster Funding Streams and Community Best Practices

June 5 (Springfield) - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

July 14-17 (Columbia, MO) - Community Development Society Annual Conference

August 12-15 (Moline) - Midwest Community Development Institute