This is a PowerPoint presentation on development within small communities and the environmental impacts that can result. This gives problems and potential solutions to decrease any factors that could potentially have a negative effect on the water quality.
The Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club set out to determine the impact of this decision upon Illinois’ wetlands; particularly wetlands in the northeastern part of Illinois; which according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, has the highest number of isolated wetlands in the State. The Chicago District includes the six counties in northeastern Illinois: Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Cook and Will counties, corresponding to the footprint of greater metropolitan Chicago. It is also the region of the state, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, with the most isolated wetlands. Research shows that Wetlands are worth saving because of their benefits to both humans and wildlife.
This project intends to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Mackinaw River and its tributaries. The primary focus of this effort will be the installation of Best Management Practices including nutrient management, forest and riparian management, wetland restoration, wetland construction, streambank restoration using native vegetation, rural detention basins, and alternative water devices for cattle that currently access the river for water.
This is a Mackinaw Watershed plan developed for everyone who lives in the watershed, as well as local governments and state and federal agencies who will help them achieve the goal of protecting the river and the land surrounding it. The persistent sediment is affecting the wildlife and biological diversity of the animals and plants living in the river. The draining of the river has had an effect on flooding and sedimentation. Runoff from towns and roads and soil from land have effected the quality of the river water. This project suggests goals that will help protect the river, and the plan requires voluntary action.
This is a management plan working to improve the water quality and stop pollution and chemicals from entering Lake Bloomington. It provides studies done testing the levels of chemical pollutants, sources of pollution, effects on wildlife, and possible solutions to these detrimental issues.
This article makes the case for expanded state and local protection of vulnerable streams and wetlands. Vulnerable streams and wetlands include the very smallest streams and wetlands that do not have a permanent surface water connection to larger waterbodies, yet are still vital parts of the ecosystem. Headwater streams and isolated wetlands provide a host of benefits that are just beginning to be documented.This article makes the case for why expanded state and local protection of vulnerable streams and wetlands is critical to maintain the important ecologic, hydrologic, water quality and biodiversity functions that our small streams and wetlands provide.
This manual presents an approach to watershed-based planning designed to ensure that local stakeholders play a central role in the development of comprehensive, multi-issue watershed plans. A watershed approach to planning for and managing land and water resources is not a new idea. The USEPA argues that groups working within the watershed-based approach can identify and implement successful strategies to maintain and restore the chemical, physical and biological integrity of our nation’s waters.
This Comprehensive Plan provides the vision, goals, objectives, desired future, and identifies the preferred alternative plan to restore the ecological integrity of the Illinois River Basin System. This plan documents the need for and potential scope of four components: a restoration program; a long-term resource monitoring program; a computerized inventory and analysis system; and a program to encourage sediment removal technology, sediment characterization, sediment transport, and beneficial uses of sediment. An implementation framework and criteria are also presented to guide the identification, selection, study and implementation of restoration projects, monitoring and adaptive management activities, and further system investigations.
The purpose of this article is to review the current state of wetland science as it pertains to impacts from urbanization, and to explore the possible management implications for local natural resource managers and land use planners who are the principal audience for this article. It is always difficult to generalize about wetlands because they are so diverse with respect to their hydrology, plant communities and landscape position. This article shows the impact wetlands have on communities and gives information on what communities should do to protect and create wetlands in their areas.
This document delves into the current and looming storm water problems Wisconsin faces. This report outlines these problems and some of the solutions for the public; now we just need to put these solutions to work. Action must be taken to preserve and protect those two assets that are so important to the health and prosperity of Wisconsin’s communities: clean water and healthy rivers.