Fox River Water Reclamation District board welcomes new trustee

The Fox River Water Reclamation District board recently appointed Nuhemi "Emi" Morales as a new trustee. She will serve a three-year term through May 2027, bringing her extensive experience and dedication to the district’s mission of protecting the water environment.

Born and raised in Elgin, Morales has deep roots in the community. She attended St. Joseph School and St. Edward High School before graduating from DePaul University with a degree in political science and Northern Illinois University College of Law. As a managing partner with Cohen, Donahue, and Morales, her areas of practice include real estate transactions and bankruptcies.

Morales is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Kane County Bar Association, and the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association. She also serves as president of the board at Centro de Informacion and as a commissioner for the Elgin Housing Authority.

"We are thrilled to welcome Emi Morales to our board of trustees," said Benjamin Bernal, district president. "Her background in community service and passion for environmental issues will be invaluable as we continue to enhance our services and protect our natural resources. I am confident that Trustee Morales will make significant contributions to our ongoing efforts to ensure a sustainable future for the Fox Valley."

Morales’ appointment has also been praised by local and state leaders. State Sen. Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) celebrated the historic nature of Morales’ appointment, stating, "As the first Latina to serve on the Fox River Water Reclamation District, Trustee Morales’ appointment is both historic and long overdue. I am confident she will bring her experience and determination to the board of trustees and help move the greater Fox Valley region forward. I applaud her appointment and look forward to her contributions to FRWRD’s important work building a resilient and sustainable future for our waterways and our communities."

State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) commented, "Emi Morales' dedication to her community and her legal expertise makes her an excellent addition to the FRWRD Board of Trustees. Her leadership will be instrumental in advancing the district’s goals and improving the quality of life for residents in the Fox River Valley."

Her appointment marks a significant milestone for the district, reflecting its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The district looks forward to her leadership and the positive impact she will have on the community.

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The Fox River Water Reclamation District is dedicated to safeguarding public health and preserving the natural environment through the effective and sustainable management of wastewater. Operating three water reclamation facilities with a combined capacity of 37.75 million gallons per day, it serves over 200,000 residents across Elgin, South Elgin, West Dundee, and other communities within Kane and Cook Counties. Its commitment to excellence in wastewater treatment and environmental conservation remains unwavering.

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