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September 6, 2019

 

 
 

What: Illinois Regional Collaboration Summit

When: October 9-10, 2019

Where: State House Inn, Springfield Illinois

Who: Community/Utility Leaders, Legislators, Agency Staff

Why: Provide information for communities to help sustain their water & wastewater operations through regionalization. Topics: Benefits of regionalization and shared services; Impediments and barriers in Illinois; Potential incentives and programs; Where to begin and how to move forward; How RCAP can help; and much more. For more information, contact John Rauch, Regional RCAP Coordinator, at 740-989-0596 or jbrauch@glcap.org.

 

 
 

A first-of-its-kind map illustrates how important groundwater is to American livelihoods, and shows that water wells are going deeper due to shrinking aquifers and other issues. But deeper drilling is an unsustainable practice, say the water-resource scientists who created the map, Debra Perrone and Scott Jasechko, professors at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Though the U.S. recently had its wettest spring on record, groundwater supplies in many areas are still lower than normal, even in places with wet climates like southern Georgia. That matters because groundwater supplies drinking water to more than 120 million Americans and provides more than half of the water used for irrigation. "As climate change intensifies, groundwater is likely to become even more important because it is generally more resilient to climate variations than river flows are. But unlike rivers and the dams, levees and spillways people have built to control them, groundwater is hidden. Groundwater wells are small, widely distributed and often out of view," Perrone and Jasechko write. They created the groundwater map over the past four years using state, regional and county agency data from more than 60 different databases; the process took longer because there is no national requirement to collect information about groundwater wells.

 

 
 

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has released four new public service announcements to show the dangers young people subject themselves to by using electronic cigarettes. The spots are part of the foundation's "I Just Didn't Know" campaign and feature Kentucky teens. All the PSAs can be found at www.ijustdidntknow.org. Contact Alexa Kerley at 877-326-2583 or akerley@healthy-ky.org for broadcast-quality copies. The new PSAs include two 30-second videos for television and a 30-second and 60-second audio PSA for radio. The campaign materials are free to anyone who would like to use them. E-cigarettes do not release harmless vapors, but instead contain substances such as: ultrafine particles, which can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious, irreversible lung disease; volatile organic compounds, which are known to be carcinogenic; other cancer-causing chemicals; and heavy metals, including nickel, tin and lead, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

 
 

On September 26 at Noon CST, the University of Illinois Extension Local Government Education webinar will feature Steven Groner, Community and Economic Development Educator, who will share insights and suggestions gained from advising small businesses in Handing Off Your Business: The Future of Your Business Without You. He will address succession planning in response to what has been termed “the silver tsunami” or the rapidly growing number of businesses with leaders approaching retirement. Steven focuses on good planning practices, the need to get succession strategies underway, and ways to alleviate some of the complexity and stress of planning and transition.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 12 (Webinar) - Community Supported Enterprises to Address Shrinking Markets in Rural Areas

September 24 (Benton, IL) - S.I. Works Employer-Driven Solutions Conference

September 26 (Glen Ellyn, IL) - SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) Land of Lincoln Chapter Fall Workshop (Charging Into the Future with Lithium Ion)

September 26 (LGE Webinar) - Handing Off Your Business: The Future of Your Business Without You

October 9-10 (Springfield, IL) - Illinois Regional Collaboration Summit

October 17 (LGE Webinar) - Counting for Dollars: Census 2020

October 24-25 (Dubuque, IA) - Growing Sustainable Communities Conference