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WATERWAYS
(615 ILCS 50/) Level of Lake Michigan Act.

615 ILCS 50/1

    (615 ILCS 50/1) (from Ch. 19, par. 119)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Level of Lake Michigan Act".
(Source: P.A. 83-1405.)

615 ILCS 50/1.1

    (615 ILCS 50/1.1) (from Ch. 19, par. 119.1)
    Sec. 1.1. Definitions. "Department" is the Department of Natural Resources.
    "Domestic purposes" includes all public water supply pumpage and water supplied to commercial and industrial establishments.
    "Consumptive use" means that amount of water withdrawn or withheld from the Lake Michigan watershed and assumed to be lost or otherwise not returned to Lake Michigan or to any other waterway due to evaporation, incorporation into products, or other processes.
    "New users" refers to any regional organization, municipality, political sub-division, agency, instrumentality, organization, association, or individual that did not have an allocation of Lake Michigan water from the Department on July 1, 1980.
    "Discretionary dilution for water quality purposes" is Lake Michigan water directly diverted into the Sanitary and Ship Canal for the purpose of water quality, and does not include Lake Michigan water directly diverted for other purposes such as lockage, leakage of lakefront controlling structures, or navigational make-up water.
    "Other Great Lakes States" includes the states of Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Wisconsin.
    "International Joint Commission" is the permanent unitary body established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the United States and Canada to help prevent and settle disputes regarding the use of boundary waters.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

615 ILCS 50/1.2

    (615 ILCS 50/1.2) (from Ch. 19, par. 119.2)
    Sec. 1.2. The Department is designated as the agency to control and regulate the diversion of Lake Michigan water and is responsible for apportionment of water diverted from the Lake Michigan watershed. No regional organization, municipality, political subdivision, agency or instrumentality, or any other organization, association or individual within the State of Illinois desiring to divert water from Lake Michigan shall do so without first obtaining a valid allocation permit from the Department. The Department shall not allocate water diverted from Lake Michigan for use outside the boundaries of this State and any other Great Lake state without the approval of the other Great Lakes states and the International Joint Commission. The Department shall cooperate with the International Joint Commission, Federal Agencies and state and local agencies, for the regulation and maintenance of the levels and use of the waters of Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes.
(Source: P.A. 83-1405.)

615 ILCS 50/2

    (615 ILCS 50/2) (from Ch. 19, par. 120)
    Sec. 2. In the execution of the powers herein granted and the duties vested in the Department of Natural Resources, the Department shall make all necessary surveys, collect all necessary data and cooperate and enter into agreements with any and all agencies of the United States, the International Joint Commission, the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, other States, municipal corporations of this and other States, regional organizations, public or private corporations, associations and individuals for the formulation of plans and construction of all projects for the regulation and maintenance of the levels of Lake Michigan and for the extraction and utilization of waters taken from Lake Michigan and other resources located in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

615 ILCS 50/3

    (615 ILCS 50/3) (from Ch. 19, par. 120.1)
    Sec. 3. The Department on behalf of the State of Illinois shall devise and develop a continuing program for the apportionment of water to be diverted from Lake Michigan among regional organizations, municipalities, political subdivisions, agencies or instrumentalities for domestic purposes or for direct diversion into the Sanitary and Ship Canal to maintain such canal in a reasonably satisfactory sanitary condition; provided, however, that in developing the continuing program and in making allocations, the amount used for discretionary dilution for water quality purposes in the Sanitary and Ship Canal shall not exceed an annual average of 320 cubic feet per second and the Department shall not allocate less than 320 cubic feet per second for discretionary dilution before October 1, 2000, without conducting a hearing initiated after notification from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency of the completion or improvement of waste water treatment facilities or change in standards that affect water quality. In addition to the other requirements of this Act, the Department shall give priority to allocations for domestic purposes in making allocations to new users of Lake Michigan water, and shall to the extent practicable make any allocations to new users of Lake Michigan water with the goal of reducing withdrawals from the Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer. The Department shall also follow these provisions in developing its continuing program. The Lake Michigan water so diverted, whether by way of pumpage for domestic purposes from the lake the sewage effluent derived from which reaches The Illinois Waterway, or by way of storm runoff from the Lake Michigan watershed which is diverted into the Sanitary and Ship Canal, or by way of direct diversion from the lake into the canal, shall not exceed a 40 year running average of 3,200 cubic feet per second and shall not exceed 3,680 cubic feet per second in any annual accounting period except that in any two annual accounting periods within a 40 year period the average annual diversion may not exceed 3,840 cubic feet per second as a result of extreme hydrologic conditions. The program, which shall be published, shall be developed in cooperation with local governmental agencies and other interests; in the development of the program and rules and regulations the Department is authorized to hold public hearings to gather information related thereto.
(Source: P.A. 81-1411.)

615 ILCS 50/4

    (615 ILCS 50/4) (from Ch. 19, par. 120.2)
    Sec. 4. The Department of Natural Resources in allocating water from Lake Michigan shall require a metering device or other method of measuring the quantity of all water withdrawn or diverted from Lake Michigan watershed and may require any and all records, information or data which may be reasonably essential to proper accounting for such water.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

615 ILCS 50/5

    (615 ILCS 50/5) (from Ch. 19, par. 120.3)
    Sec. 5. Regional organizations, municipalities, political subdivisions, agencies or instrumentalities, and any other organization, association or individual desiring to use water from Lake Michigan and subject to allocation under this Act shall make application to the Department on forms provided by such agency which shall include a statement or finding relative to other sources of water or lack thereof within the area, the need for such allocation or apportionment of Lake Michigan water, the purpose or use to be made of the water so allocated, including an estimate of consumptive use, the point of diversion and the location of discharge after use, together with the route such discharge will follow to reach an identifiable main drain or stream, and whether such water will in any manner be treated or otherwise altered or changed prior to discharge and release from control by the applicant.
    The Department in determining each allocation of water under this Act shall consider the water requirements of the Northeastern Illinois Metropolitan Region (specifically the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will); the Department shall be guided by population, business and economic projections and requirements. The Department shall require that all feasible means reasonably available to the State and its municipalities, political subdivisions, agencies and instrumentalities shall be employed to conserve and manage the water resources of the region and the use of water therein in accordance with the best modern scientific knowledge and engineering practice.
(Source: P.A. 84-993.)

615 ILCS 50/6

    (615 ILCS 50/6) (from Ch. 19, par. 120.4)
    Sec. 6. Allocation of water to be diverted from the Lake Michigan watershed shall be made by the Department only after notice and hearing except where a water shortage emergency exists, threatening the public health, safety or welfare. Where a water shortage emergency exists, the Department may issue and enter an order for an emergency allocation, but shall, within 60 days thereafter, give notice and conduct a hearing regarding such emergency allocation. The effectiveness of an emergency allocation order shall be immediate and shall last until the Department has issued and entered an order after a hearing regarding the emergency allocation.
    Conflicting claims relative to the application for allocation shall be made a matter of record at a hearing together with reconciliation by the Department. No allocation shall be in force or take effect until issuance and entry of an order by the Department. Notice of any hearing to be held by the Department shall be by publication not less than twice in a newspaper of general circulation in the immediate as well as the remote area which may be affected by such diversion; such publications shall be no longer than one week apart and the hearing shall be held within ten days following date of last publication. In addition, actual notice shall be given to the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will, and to the City of Chicago, and to the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago.
(Source: P.A. 83-694.)

615 ILCS 50/7

    (615 ILCS 50/7) (from Ch. 19, par. 120.5)
    Sec. 7.
    Failure or neglect to properly utilize an allocation of water made under this Act, abuse or misuse of any allocation, or complaints filed with the Department in writing, shall be cause for the Department, in its discretion, to hold a hearing for the purpose of taking evidence or gathering other information or data with reference to such subject matter. All persons who may appear in behalf of or in opposition to the petition shall be heard. The Department shall at the conclusion of such hearing enter an order presenting findings and directing a course of action, including changes in allocations previously made.
(Source: P.A. 76-1844.)

615 ILCS 50/8

    (615 ILCS 50/8) (from Ch. 19, par. 120.6)
    Sec. 8. Orders entered by the Department of Natural Resources shall be made only after giving due and reasonable notice to persons affected by or having an interest in the subject matter of such order and after a hearing in relation thereto. Any person who shall neglect or refuse or fail to obey any lawful order made by the Department or to carry the same into effect in accordance with the terms thereof shall be guilty of a business offense and shall be liable to a fine of not less than $1000 nor more than $10,000 to be recovered in the name of the People of the State of Illinois in the circuit court.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

615 ILCS 50/9

    (615 ILCS 50/9) (from Ch. 19, par. 120.7)
    Sec. 9. The Department of Natural Resources shall as soon as practicable prescribe and publish reasonable rules and regulations relating to the jurisdiction, diversion and utilization, and, control and regulation of the water from the Lake Michigan watershed; such rules shall be filed with the Secretary of State as provided by "The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act", approved September 22, 1975, as amended. Such rules and regulations may be amended, from time to time, which shall be published and filed as provided herein.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

615 ILCS 50/10

    (615 ILCS 50/10) (from Ch. 19, par. 120.8)
    Sec. 10. The Department of Natural Resources may make such investigations and conduct such hearings as may be necessary to the performance of its duties under this Act. The Department may issue subpoenas, and may administer oaths in connection with such investigations and hearings. Any person served with a subpoena to appear and testify, or to produce books or papers or reports, and who shall refuse or neglect to appear or to testify, or to produce books or papers or reports, as commanded in such subpoena shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

615 ILCS 50/11

    (615 ILCS 50/11) (from Ch. 19, par. 120.9)
    Sec. 11. The Department of Natural Resources may contract for appraisal, legal, engineering, or other professional services which may be necessary, in the discretion of the Department, for the proper exercise of the duties and responsibilities prescribed by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

615 ILCS 50/12

    (615 ILCS 50/12) (from Ch. 19, par. 120.10)
    Sec. 12. Final orders issued and entered by the Department of Natural Resources under the provisions of this Act shall be subject to the judicial review pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law and amendments or modifications thereof.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

615 ILCS 50/13

    (615 ILCS 50/13) (from Ch. 19, par. 120.11)
    Sec. 13.
    The Department is directed to request funds for continuing implementation of this Act during the 1971 fiscal year and for each fiscal year thereafter as a part of the ordinary and contingent expense of the Department.
(Source: P.A. 77-163.)

615 ILCS 50/14

    (615 ILCS 50/14) (from Ch. 19, par. 120.12)
    Sec. 14. No regional organization, municipality, political subdivision, agency or instrumentality, or any other organization, association or individual within the State of Illinois, which under Section 1.2 of this Act is not required to obtain a permit to divert Lake Michigan water but which has a new or increased consumptive use of Lake Michigan water in excess of an average of 2 million gallons per day in any 30 day period, shall commence such new or increased consumptive use without first obtaining a valid consumptive use permit from the Department. A regional organization, municipality, political subdivision, agency or instrumentality, or any other organization, association or individual desiring to consume water from Lake Michigan in excess of 2 million gallons per day in any 30 day period shall make application to the Department on forms provided by the Department, which application shall contain a detailed statement, with supporting documentation, of all the following information: (1) the place of the proposed withdrawal and the place of the proposed consumptive use; (2) the nature and purpose of the proposed consumptive use, including the total annual and monthly volume and rate of the withdrawal; (3) the annual and monthly volume and rate of consumptive use resulting from the withdrawal and the place, volume, and quality of return flows, detailing anticipated physical, chemical and biological alterations of return flow water; and (4) a statement of alternative possibilities for meeting the applicant's need for a consumptive use of Lake Michigan water.
    In reviewing an application for a consumptive use permit, the Department shall permit the proposed consumptive use if: (1) it is a reasonable and beneficial use and is necessary to serve the present and future needs of the applicant; (2) reasonable conservation practices, measures and technologies are incorporated to minimize the quantity of Lake Michigan water consumed; and (3) it is consistent with the protection of the public health, safety and welfare, and does not adversely affect the public interest.
(Source: P.A. 84-993.)