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About the Candidate

Name: Shundar Lin
DOB: July 24, 1935
Occupation: Retired Sanitary Engineer
Political Experience: Board member of Illinois Pollution Control Board
Website: Vote.LinForMWRDCommissioner.com
Twitter: @lin_for_mwrd

Candidate Statement

I am Dr. Shundar Lin and running for Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

I am extremely qualified to serve as Commissioner.

I hold a Ph.D. in Sanitary Engineering, and have spent a career as a water scientist for the State Water Survey, and I served on the Illinois Pollution Control Board. I have been one of the world's leading water and wastewater scientists for more than 40 years. I have published more than 100 papers on water, wastewater, water resources, as well as three books.

As a Commissioner, I will focus on:

1. Promoting ADVANCD technologies for wastewater treatment.

2. Keeping our water CLEAN, including the use of autonomous technology to patrol our waterways.

3. Improving our region's management of STORM WATER.

4. Closely watching the District's budget- & passing a balanced budget.

5. Ending CRONYISM and ensuring a fair bidding process for all engineering projects.

6. Helping to better educate the public about the District's role in the protection of our water and lands.

I live in Chicago with my wife, my daughter, and three grandchildren. I am running to give my family and all people in Cook County clean water and good environment.

I am not a politician. I am running for Commissioner based on my knowledge and experiences.

Thank you.

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

I am extremely qualified to serve as Commissioner.

I hold a Ph.D. and M. S. both in Sanitary Engineering, and have spent a career as a Professional Water Scientist for the Illinois State Water Survey. And I served as a Board member of the Illinois Pollution Control Board.

I have been one of the world’s leading water and wastewater scientists for more than 40 years. I have published more than 100 papers on water, wastewater, water resources, as well as three books. The three books are:

“Water and Wastewater Calculation Manual,” 3ed.ed. 2014, McGraw-Hill BookCo.

“Handbook of Environmental Engineering Calculations.” Co-authored with C. C. Lee; 2nd ed. 2012, McGraw-Hill Book Co.

“Long Live Exercise,” 2002, Yuan-chi Trai Book Co. DVD in both English and Kanji versions; 2017.

I am not a politician. I am running for Commissioner based on my engineering knowledge and experiences to give my family and all people in Cook County clean water and good environment.

Note: there is no engineer in nine incumbent commissioners.

What is your vision for this office?

As a Commissioner, I will focus on:

1. Promoting ADVANCD technologies for wastewater treatment.
2. Keeping our water CLEAN, including the use of autonomous technology to patrol our waterways
3. Improving our region’s management of STORM WATER
4. Closely watching the District’s budget- & passing a balanced budget
5. Ending CRONYISM and ensuring a fair bidding process for all engineering projects
6. Helping to better educate the public about the District’s role in the protection of our water and lands

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?

The MWRD seems run with it-self and less inter connection with other Departments of the City of Chicago. Such as Department of Street and Sanitation, CTA (the L), garbage collection.

Cooperation with Forest Preserve is very important. These co-operations are very important reduce wastewater quantity and pollutant loading as well as better storm water management and flood control. If elected, I will do so.

The MWRD should have better educate the public can do to improve our waterways, cut pollution, climate changes, conserve water, environmental protection etc. If elected, I will carry on the public education.

The Des Planes River have flooding almost every year, large or small scale. The main cause is the falling trees on the river channel. Miss-management and human neglect are main reason. The flooding can be less occurred. We may have volunteers’ help to patrol the waterway. Doe to the climate changes, mostly more storms and heavier rain-fall will be occurred in the future. The hydraulic how many year storm values should be reviewed re-calculated to be updated.

The river channel are usually designed for 5-year storm.

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