Lake Michigan Watershed Ecosystem Partnership (Partnership): past work/ssip


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Overview

  • Overview

  • Alliance

  • Coastal Conservation

  • Lake Michigan Watershed Ecosystem Partnership (Partnership): past work/SSIP

  • Partnership Case Studies

  • Funding Proposals & Opportunities

  • Sec 319

  • Sustain Our Great Lakes

  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

  • IL Coastal Management Program

  • Habitat Assessment Pilot

  • Conclusion

  • Q & A





















Work with state and local governments to enhance the quality of unique Great Lakes coastal habitats through:

  • Work with state and local governments to enhance the quality of unique Great Lakes coastal habitats through:

      • planning efforts,
      • on-the-ground project implementation, and
      • public education
  • Protect public trust lands

  • Preserve and increase access to the Great Lakes

  • Create opportunities for investment of federal, state, local and private funds in coastal restoration.





Organized by Illinois DNR

  • Organized by Illinois DNR

  • Coalition of public, private, NGOs

  • Illinois Lake Michigan Watershed

  • Coordinated through the Alliance





Funding through Illinois DNR’s C2000 program

  • Funding through Illinois DNR’s C2000 program

  • Identified strategic sub-watersheds

  • Baseline data for ravine erosion/sediment issues

  • Goal: prioritize restoration efforts to maximize restoration impacts









Park District of Highland Park

  • Park District of Highland Park

    • GLRI/EPA: $200,000
    • Ravine Drive Project, Ravine 7L at Miller Park
    • Restore native aquatic diversity & reduce sediment loading to the Lake


Village of Lake Bluff

  • Village of Lake Bluff

    • GLRI: ~$750,000
    • 1,600 ft ravine restoration for erosion control
    • Reduce sediment loading to Lake by 302 tons per yr
    • Education to general public and municipal staff


Lake County Forest Preserve District (District)

  • Lake County Forest Preserve District (District)

    • GLRI/NFWF: $998,000
    • Dead Dog Creek (also Lake Plains)
    • Improve stream and wetland functioning, water-level & water-quality monitoring to assess restoration impacts
    • Reduce invasives, document plant composition, assess restoration impacts on natives, invasive plant abundance, and rare plant distributions


Agreed upon & standardized ravine data

  • Agreed upon & standardized ravine data

    • Erosion/sediment & biological
  • Propose online tracking system

  • Develop funding proposals w/partners

    • GLRI, others?








Status

  • Status

    • Application under review by partners
    • Collecting Letters of Support (LOS)
  • Timeline

    • ASAP


Status: Submitted full proposal April 21, 2011

  • Status: Submitted full proposal April 21, 2011

  • Lead: Alliance/Ecosystem Partnership

  • Request: $150,000

    • > 50% on-the-ground habitat restoration
    • < 50 % capacity building
  • Match: 1:1

  • Term: 18 months from award



Partners:

  • Partners:

  • Lake County Forest Preserve District (District)

  • Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG)

  • Openlands

  • Conservation Research Institute (CRI)

  • Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS)



Purpose

  • Purpose

  • Develop biological monitoring protocol for ravines

  • Develop model ravines through on the ground restoration activity

  • Build capacity of local land managers and private land owners to implement restoration projects



Restoration Work

  • Restoration Work

  • LCFPD (District) – Jane’s and Scott’s Ravine

  • $70,000

  • Reintroduce of matrix community species, such as sedges and grasses, as well as rarer species

    • 25,000 plant plugs of at least 30 local ecotype species
    • Seed 27.5 acres
  • Plant 6600 shrubs to increase native woody diversity

  • Complete control on isolated invasive plant populations



Biological Assessment Protocol, Land Manager

  • Biological Assessment Protocol, Land Manager

  • Trainings, Data Analysis/Reports

  • District, land manager training site (Jane’s & Hutchinson Ravine)

  • CBG, Plants of Concern

  • CRI, Floristic Quality Assessment

  • INHS, Critical Trends Assessment Program (CTAP)

  • Northwater, erosion/water quality

  • Alliance, coordinate & develop protocol handbook



Private Landowner Outreach Model

  • Private Landowner Outreach Model

  • Openlands & Alliance

    • Assess current on-the-ground conditions
    • Engage private landowners
    • Conduct demonstration project
    • Develop design guidelines and handbook


IL Lake Michigan Implementation Plan

  • IL Lake Michigan Implementation Plan

  • Status: submitted

  • Lead: IDNR

  • Partners: Alliance, Chicago Wilderness, Biodiversity Plan

  • Request: $300,000

  • Term: July 1, 2011– July 1, 2013

  • Purpose:

    • Create a shared vision and agenda for the restoration and protection of coastal resources, to guide resource allocations, improve prioritization and implementation, and increase the # and diversity of on-the-ground partners
    • Wiki – use to develop the Implementation Plan through


What is the status of the CMP in Illinois?

  • What is the status of the CMP in Illinois?

  • December 10, 2010, Governor Quinn signed Executive Order

  • February 18, 2011, public comments on CMP program docs

  • Upcoming:

    • Public comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
    • Governor review / sign-off
    • Publish and distribute program document/FEIS
  • Approval Sept, 2011



Next Steps?

  • Next Steps?

  • Work through the Partnership with municipalities and land managers to develop projects and matching funds



Goal

  • Goal

  • Develop a transferable model that supports volunteer assessment and restoration of natural habitats, and can be expanded to compliment the Alliance’s regional Adopt-a-BeachTM program



2011

  • 2011

  • Restoration & Assessments

  • Site partners (IN, IL, WI)

  • Conduct Assessments & Restorations – June

  • Training & Outreach

  • Volunteer Training and Outreach Materials

  • Technical Advisory Board

  • Evaluation

  • Collect Data

  • Evaluate Program



Next Steps:

  • Next Steps:

  • Identify partners interested in data

  • Identify interested site partners

  • Develop funding proposals to:

    • Automate and develop electronic forms
    • Database integration/synchronization
    • Expand sites







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