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June 27, 2008


Seminar Series Presents Green Infrastructure Vision


Regional biodiversity conservation will be the topic of the next Go with the Flow--Get to Know Our Indiana Coastal Resources seminar series on Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Purdue University Calumet. 


In his seminar entitled “A Green Infrastructure Vision for Chicago Wilderness,” natural resource engineer Dennis Dreher will discuss the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision--a regional-scale map that identifies 1.8 million acres of resource protection areas recommended by Chicago Wilderness resource experts.


By mapping an on-the-ground vision of what could and should be protected in our landscape, the Green Infrastructure Vision goes a step beyond the Chicago Wilderness Consortium’s previous guide plan--the Biodiversity Recovery Plan--which has won state and national awards for its approach to regional biodiversity conservation.


“Experts have recommended acquisition, conservation easements, greenway connections, restoration, and conservation development principles as key tools to achieve this vision,” said Dreher.


Dreher, who has over 30 years of expertise in a variety of water and natural resource issues, is the director of conservation design for Cowhey Gudmundson Leder, Ltd, a land use engineering firm. Since joining the company in 2006, he has played a lead role in incorporating conservation design principles into a variety of private and public development projects.


Dreher is the second speaker in Go with the Flow series--a five-part seminar series intended raise awareness of land use practices on Lake Michigan’s coastal resources in Indiana.


Upcoming seminars in the series are:


  • August 13, “Managing Nature Preserves in a Fragmented Landscape
  • Sept. 10, “Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products: The Impact on Our Water Systems”
  • Oct. 8, “The 21st-Century Battle Between Precipitation and Evaporation in the Great Lakes Water Cycle

The series is being funded through a grant Purdue Calumet received from the Lake Michigan Coastal Program. Other sponsors are Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The seminar series will take place at the Calumet Conference Center. For directions, go to www.calumet.purdue.edu/thecenter. For any additional information, contact Leslie Dorworth, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant aquatic ecology specialist, at 219-989-2726 or dorworth@calumet.purdue.edu.




The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program is one of 30 National Sea Grant College Programs. Created by Congress in 1966, Sea Grant combines university, government, business and industry expertise to address coastal and Great Lakes needs. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the University of Illinois and Purdue University.




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