Stormwater: From the Ground Up
The Stormwater: from the Ground Up project, co-convened by the League of Women Voters of Illinois and the League of Women Voters of the Lake Michigan Region, has made a number of resources available on the LWVLMR website, including a video to illustrate what happens during a storm to cause flooding and the negative effects to our environment.
The project would be more than happy to make a presentation and bring it to your community. If your League would like to schedule a presentation or to volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
May 2014 Spotlight on an Issue - Stormwater: From the Ground Up
Natural Resources-Water activity has taken a huge leap this year since the LWVIL Education Fund and LWV Lake Michigan Region (LWVLMR) collaborated on a grant proposal and were awarded a $31,000 Coastal Grant from the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources in October 2013.
Nonpoint source pollution, mainly polluted stormwater runoff, significantly affects water quality of Lake Michigan and other lakes, rivers and streams in Illinois. The goal of the project is to make League members and others in League communities aware of the problem and inform them of strategies that individuals may use to prevent flooding and water pollution. Creation of educational materials and presentations at twelve public meetings in the Lake Michigan coastal area will be completed by September 30.
The project consists of a PowerPoint presentation and Stormwater Action Kits, how-to information for green infrastructure strategies and additional relevant topics. An online Action Kit, nearly complete, is housed on the LWVLMR's website at www.lwvlmr.org.
Books and other materials will be placed in 29 libraries in the coastal communities from Zion to Chicago.
The focus over the summer will be on scheduling and presenting the PowerPoint in coastal communities, with the Thornton Township League hosting the first coastal zone (near the Chicago Area Waterway System) presentation on June 16 at the Dolton Public Library.
The grant funding is a 50/50 matching grant. The League match is funded by a generous donation from a member who has been active in LWVLMR, a contribution from LWVLMR and the priceless: League member volunteer time. Thanks to the volunteers (also listed on the LWVLMR website) for their time and talent!
The program developed with the grant is applicable to all of Illinois with minor adjustments. Thanks to the LWV Homewood-Flossmoor and LWV Palatine for hosting the program's debut in May. The Jo Daviess County League will host a presentation on June 27.
Local Leagues, please think about scheduling the presentation during your 2014-15 program year. Send a request to email@example.com.
For a list of upcoming presentations, please visit the LWV of the Lake Michigan Region website.
LWVIL And Lake Michigan LWV Awarded Coastal Grant
Inaugural Coastal Grants made public on Oct. 12
Inaugural Coastal Grants made public on Oct. 12
The Leagues of Women Voters of Illinois (LWVIL) and Lake Michigan (LMLWV) were officially recognized as the recipient of a grant from the Illinois Coastal Grants Program by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at a press event on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. The League project--Stormwater: From the Ground Up--was announced as one of 12 grantees under this first-ever initiative administered nationally by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and locally by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Coastal Grant Program is supporting local environmental education projects along Illinois’ 63-mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline.
The April 18, 2013 massive rainstorm that resulted in destructive flooding throughout northeastern Illinois gave impetus to the LWVIL/LMLWV collaboration and led to the creation of Stormwater: From the Ground Up. With the grant from the Department of Natural Resources, we will be able to compile resource materials and develop a Power Point presentation and video to educate you and your neighbors about the problems associated with storm water runoff; we will all learn that everyday decisions made in our own households can impact the damage that regularly occurs after fierce storms. We will learn how simple behaviors and choices can help reduce flooding and pollution and make us all better stewards of Lake Michigan and its coastal resources.
The project is looking for volunteers who can assist in a variety of ways. For more information about how you and/or your local League can become involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your name will go into a database and, once we have developed volunteer job descriptions and other relevant materials, we will get back to you with more specific details.
We will also be updating both the LWVIL and LWVLMR websites regularly.