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May 20, 2011

Community Stewardship Fair Highlights Invasive Species Projects

Need tips for restoring Great Lakes habitats?

Many natural areas in the Great Lakes region have been degraded due to urbanization, invasive species, and more. This has led to the decline of water quality, wildlife populations, and native fish. So, there is work to be done to repair wetlands, streams, and shorelines, and in some case, there is money to get it done.

To help organizations or individuals interested in restoring Great Lakes natural areas, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, with funding and support from NOAA, has developed the brochure, Great Lakes Restoration: Best Management Practices. This downloadable publication provides basic guidelines on how to effectively work on dam removal projects, create fish passages, restore wetlands, and more, while keeping the ecosystem’s health in mind. It also includes tips on writing successful grant proposals, managing grants once you get them, and assessing your successes.

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The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program (IISG) is one of 32 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 National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana. Visit the IISG blog at http://lakesideviews.blogspot.com. You can also find IISG on Facebook and Twitter.


Contacts

Irene Miles
Communication Coordinator
217-333-8055
miles@illinois.edu



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