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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2009

Governor Quinn Appoints Environmentalist to Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Activist will focus on safe and clean water supplies

CHICAGO – August 05, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of Mariyana Spyropoulos to the Board of Commissioners at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. As a commissioner, Spyropoulos will be deeply involved in creating and maintaining policies affecting flooding, storm water management, rivers, and conservation.

“Mariyana Spyropoulos is an environmentalist, attorney and entrepreneur. I am proud to appoint her to this important position,” said Governor Quinn. “She will protect our waterways, which are among the Land of Lincoln’s most vital natural resources.”

A member of the Sierra Club, Spryopoulos received her J.D. from John Marshall Law School and served as a criminal prosecutor before opening her own law firm. She also has a Master’s degree in business from Loyola University. (Background Information).

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago treats wastewater from domestic, commercial, and industrial sources in Chicago and numerous surrounding communities.

“I want to thank Governor Quinn for this important appointment. I look forward to serving on the district board as it works toward ensuring quality community health and a safe water supply for everyone,” said Spyropoulos.

Established in 1889, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago operates the world’s largest wastewater treatment agency, the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant. It also operates the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, the Tunnel Reservoir Plan, and one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken, the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan, better known as the "Deep Tunnel Project."



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