Schneider Community Projects Included in First Round of Funding Process

June 30, 2021
Press Release
House Appropriations funded all four of Schneider’s Homeland Security Community Project Funding requests

WASHINGTON – Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) today announced that all four of his Homeland Security-related Member Designated Projects (MDP) submissions were included in the House Appropriations Committee Fiscal Year 2022 Homeland Security Funding Bill. The bill will fund significant projects to keep Americans safe and include all four Homeland Security Community Project Funding requests submitted by Congressman Schneider.

The Fiscal Year 2022 Homeland Security Funding Bill included funding for the Zion Stormwater Project, the Lake County Emergency Operations Center, the Dady Slough Flood Storage and Wetland Enhancement Project and the North Chicago Storm Sewer.

“The four projects are critically important community investments that will make Tenth District residents safer and better equip local infrastructure to stand up to climate change. I am grateful that the Appropriations Committee included these local projects for consideration in their Homeland Security fiscal year budget. I will continue to work to advocate for each of these projects as the legislation moves through Congress and is updated,” said Schneider.

More about the Appropriations Fiscal Year 2022 Homeland Security Funding Bill, including the text, can be found online here.

Below are project descriptions and quotes of support from local community leaders.

Project Name: Zion Stormwater Project

Project Description: Funding for this project would go towards removing the impervious concrete patio in the area and building up the pond edge with natural materials to help with rainwater absorption. This stormwater management and flood mitigation project would help alleviate ongoing flooding due to climate-driven increased rainfall at a local Park District-operated senior center and a separate recreation center, as well as neighboring facilities such as a cancer treatment center. The project would also benefit water quality within the watershed through native wetland plantings to absorb high-precipitation events more naturally.

“This project continues the efforts of the Zion Park District to alleviate flooding and associated damage to the Senior Center caused by the rising pond waters. Currently, during large precipitation events, the pond overtops the Senior Center patio and floods the interior of the building, resulting in damages to the structure. These efforts will also help to improve water quality, reduce structural damage and provide natural resource and interjurisdictional benefits,” said State Rep. Joyce Mason.

Project Name: Dady Slough Flood Storage and Wetland Enhancement Project

Project Description: Funding for this project would go towards property acquisition, excavation for flood storage, restoration of wetlands, and construction of public access areas in and around Dady Slough Lake. This Lake County-sponsored flood mitigation project that would directly impact more than 800 households, local institutions like a high school, and a major state-owned thoroughfare. This is the County’s highest priority flood mitigation project and would help two low-income communities as well as have significant downstream benefits.

 “Flooding from heavy or prolonged rain events impacts transportation in and around the area, inundating homes, businesses, communication centers, and creates a financial hardship for economically disadvantaged residents. This project aims to acquire and excavate the land known as the Dady Slough to increase flood storage capacity, restore and enhance the adjacent low-quality wetlands, and construct public access areas for residents and students,” said Park City Mayor Steve Pannell.

“Flood damages along the Chicago River were first recorded in 1675 and continue to this day. Urbanization of the watershed and the increasing rainfall trends have caused significant physical, economic, and emotional damage to the residents and businesses in Park City and Waukegan. Using nature-based solutions, the Dady Slough project will alleviate these damages and provide benefits for all communities in the watershed,” said Kurt Woolford, Executive Director of Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.

Project Name: Lake County Emergency Operations Center

Project Description: Funding for this project would go towards the construction of a consolidated Emergency Operations Center that would coordinate 911 operations for the county into one location, ensure redundancy of public safety operations, and could serve as a potential federal Continuity of Operations facility for Chicago-based federal agency personnel. The Libertyville facility would serve 600,000 residents in Lake County.

“This proposed funding would greatly benefit emergency management coordination and response across the State of Illinois for all hazards, including COVID-19, by providing access to modernize facilities, equipment and technology for local Emergency Operation Centers, as well as improve infrastructure to prevent flooding,” said Alicia Tate-Nadeau, the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

 “We are proud to support and help lead this important initiative, which will save Lake County taxpayer dollars and save lives by improving emergency response,” said Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg. “Collaborating with our municipal partners is critical when it comes to public safety and I am grateful for so many stakeholders working together to provide exceptional service to the Lake County community.”

Project Name: North Chicago Storm Sewer

Project Description: Funding for this project would go towards the construction of a 3,225 foot upsized sewer system, the removal and replacement of box culverts, replacing outlet control structures, and constructing a 40 acre-feet of compensatory flood storage. This high-priority stormwater management and flood mitigation project would support local, state, and federal assets, including housing for Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois Route 41, and local homes and facilities. The project would also provide downstream benefit by increasing water storage capacity.

“In recent years, families living in the nearby Strawberry Condominiums have been forced out of their homes multiple times due to the impact of torrential rains that have fallen in Lake County and the City of North Chicago. Local businesses at this busy intersection have also been negatively impacted as the flooding has forced many to close for extended periods. This flood mitigation project will address widespread regional flooding, replaced aged undersized culverts, and clean out conveyance channels to enhance the conveyance of stormwater to the Skokie River,” said North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham, Jr.

“While the project is located in North Chicago, the flooding that will be addressed in the North Chicago Storm Sewer project will not only benefit the Great Lakes Naval Station, the city of North Chicago and many local homes and facilities, it will also benefit the entire region. Route 41, which is a major thoroughfare, is often impassable during flood events causing disruptions in residents’ ability to travel to their homes, businesses and places of work. It will also reduce the effects of the municipalities downstream from the project. This is government at its best, a project that addresses the immediate area, but also benefits municipalities and residents outside of the area,” said Donny Schmit, Chairman of the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.