Letting it All Soak In: Nature’s Role in Protecting Water Resources

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 6:00am

Event Info

Admission

Cost is $15 for current MPC donors and Openlands members, $30 for all others

Venue

Metropolitan Planning Council Conference Center

140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400

Chicago, 

IL 

60603

Presenter

The Chicago region is blessed with abundant rainfall and ample fresh water. However, we can no longer assume our water supplies are limitless. Rainwater is one of our most precious but under-valued water resources. Due to development and agricultural practices that prevent natural filtration of rainfall, this important water resource can turn into harmful stormwater runoff.

By protecting and restoring our native landscape, we can store rainwater naturally where it falls and make it available for our use. Wetlands, for example, play an important role in managing rainwater by storing it, filtering it, and recharging groundwater supplies. Protection and restoration of natural areas can help ensure safe and sustainable water supplies for people and wildlife.

Please join Openlands and MPC for “Letting it All Soak In: Nature’s Role in Protecting Water Resources” to learn more about: the Chicago region’s groundwater supplies;
water supply conservation and stormwater mitigation; land use impacts on water quality and quantity; wetlands restoration and management; and ecosystem health and its correlation to public health.

Panelists include:

Jerry Adelmann, President & CEO, Openlands

Dr. Jeff Walk, Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois

Jeff Mengler, Botanist / Wetland Ecologist & Senior Project Scientist, Cardno ENTRIX

Dominic Kempson, Senior Scientist, Stantec

Ed Collins, Natural Resource Manager, McHenry County Conservation District

Lunch will be provided. You may request a vegetarian meal when you register. The cost is $15 for current MPC donors and Openlands members, and $30 for all others.

Thanks to ComEd for sponsoring this event.