Vote for a Greener Water Reclamation Board!

Cook County's Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is one of the largest waste treatment and flood prevention agencies in the world. Overseen by an elected Board of Commissioners, this taxpayer-funded agency is also one of Cook County's largest governmental bodies, with over 2,000 employees and an annual operating budget of well over a billion dollars.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, or MWRD, is responsible for:

  • Flood prevention and abatement in Cook County
  • Wastewater and sewage treatment for most of Cook County (a handful of suburban municipalities have their own sewer authority)
  • Water quality testing in the Chicago Area Waterway System, which covers 76 miles of navigable waterways all across Cook County

For more than 20 years, all Commissioners elected to the Board have been Democrats. The Green Party is running a full slate of five candidates in 2018 on a unified platform that prioritizes flood-preventing infrastructure, independent oversight of the agency's massive budget, and governmental reforms to end the entrenched culture of pay-to-play, cronyism, and nepotism.

Vote Green Party candidates for clean water, clean soil, and clean government!

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    MWRD Director Departs Under Gag Rule; Greens Call for Transparency and Accountability

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    Water Reclamation District Director Resigns with "Gag Order"; Green Party Candidates Call for Transparency and Accountability

    MWRD head departs following outside investigation—with a $95,000 severance package and a non-defamation clause.

    CHICAGO—David St. Pierre, the Executive Director of Chicago's Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), resigned effective June 27th, taking with him $95,000 plus benefits in a severance package first reported by the Better Government Association in the Chicago Sun-Times.

    The MWRD, a taxpayer-funded agency responsible for flood prevention and wastewater management, did not provide a reason for St. Pierre's departure in its press release. St. Pierre had been the subject of an investigation led by an outside law firm, but MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore told the Sun-Times that "a non-disparagement clause in the separation agreement with St. Pierre" prevented her from discussing the probe. 

    Green Party candidates for the MWRD Board of Commissioners, the nine-member body that oversees the District and its $1.2 billion budget, quickly called for more openness and transparency, tying the mysterious departure to other recent ethical lapses at the District.

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