Chicago, really? Is Chicago in the Mississippi River Watershed? Yes, at least in part. As a member of LWV Deerfield/Lincolnshire told me, the people of Chicago who get their drinking water from and rely on Lake Michigan in so many ways are also in the Mississippi River watershed because of the reversal of the Chicago River... drinking water comes from Lake Michigan and treated wastewater travels west to the Mississippi. Other rivers in Chicagoland, like the Des Plaines or Fox watersheds also flow to the Mississippi. Many Leagues in the Chicago area are members of both LWV Upper Mississippi River Region and LWV Lake Michigan Region. To these Leagues, we apologize for what I'm about to say...
The LWV Upper Mississippi River Region and LWV Lake Michigan Region are working together to sponsor an LWV water forum on June 27, the day before"the LWV US convention begins. This event, to be held at the Standard Club, is "Water: Advocating for Protection - Put your League on the Map!" . Click this link and learn more about this event, and register. And since we were all going to be together in the place where our watersheds overlap, we thought it would be a great time to have our Annual Meetings. And, as the schedules worked out, the two Annual Meetings will be held at the same time - 11:30 to 1:30 on June 27, with a buffet lunch.
Register for the event here. LWV UMRR member Leagues will be eligible for a $15 rebate per League at the door - our way to help defray costs. An email with more information will be sent to member Leagues - watch for it!