(LaGrange, Ill. – February 5, 2015) The La Grange Area League of Women Voters is pleased to host a public forum for what will be an educational program for homeowners, businesspeople, and community leaders about how to prevent the damage and pollution caused by stormwater runoff and flooding. Learn what we as homeowners and communities can do to address this growing problem, green infrastructure solutions, and advocacy strategies.

This event will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:45 pm in the Community Room at the La Grange Park Public Library, 555 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park, Illinois. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Stormwater runoff causes flooding of homes, businesses, and communities. It also carries pesticides, chemicals, and other pollutants into lakes and rivers. The League of Women Voters of Illinois and the League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region received grants from the Illinois Coastal Management Program of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Freshwater Future to research and develop a program on the topic of reducing pollution of Lake Michigan and reducing the danger and damage caused by flooding. In addition, educational materials will be distributed to lakeshore public libraries and information is available on the LWVLMR website: http//

The presentation will explain some of the reasons why we are experiencing flooding and runoff problems, such as the loss of wetland areas that are natural sponges and the increase in impermeable surfaces, such as parking lots. It will offer some projects that can be done by individuals or communities, including such “green infrastructure” solutions as rain gardens and rain barrels for homes, and bioswales for roadways and parking lots.

You do not want to miss the opportunity to learn more about this very important and timely issue. Hope to see you there!

For more information, contact Krista Grimm, 708-253-5376 or