West Nile Disease, Park Board & Storm Water Management
Skokie is a national hot spot for West Nile disease.
The West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes that bread in still water. In recent years a common way to skirt real estate development limitations imposed by limits on local storm water management capacity is to create structures that naturally hold small bits of standing water – ideal mosquito breading ponds.
Our observation is that, local government units appear to have a tin ear with respect to this very real danger.
The Winnetka Park District is now conducting hearings with respect to the storm water management impact of some new facilities planning.
See the Tribune Article on this hearing here:
The Park commissioners are just starting a master planning process for the next 20 years.
Let’s hope they surprise us and use common sense to avoid building more West Nile Mosquito breeding faculties.