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IDNR Presentation on Opportunities for Evanston Partnership

  1. 1. Opportunities for Evanston-Illinois Partnership City of Evanston Morton Civic Center January 15, 2014
  2. 2. Overview  General Background on IDNR  Who we are/ How we work  Asian Carp  Great Lakes Leadership  Millennium Reserve  Coastal Management Program  Background and Initiatives  Illinois Lake Michigan Implementation Plan  Coastal Community Assistance  Possibilities for the Harley Clarke Facility  Questions and Answers
  3. 3. Some of DNR’s Responsibilities:  State Lands Management (Parks)  Resource Conservation        (Fish, Wildlife, Forestry, Private lands- including Hunting and Fishing) Conservation Law Enforcement Mines and Minerals Regulation Water Resources Regulation (drinking water, floods) Realty and Environmental Planning Architecture, Engineering and Grants (Projects) Strategic Services (Licensing, permits, education) Illinois State Museum
  4. 4. IDNR- Making a Difference  Manage 324 State Parks and “Illinois DNR supports 90,000 jobs and $32 billion worth of economic activity.” Facilities with 45 million visitors annually.  Annually review 21,000 economic development projects to assure no adverse impacts to state natural resources.  Permit energy production (mining, oil and gas, etc.) supporting 50,000 jobs.  Manage water supply for 7 million people in 200 communities, and regulate floodplains/controls.
  5. 5. Examples of IDNR Programs and Initiatives  Asian Carp and Invasive Species  Regional Great Lakes Leadership  Millennium Reserve: Calumet Core  Coastal Management Program
  6. 6. Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework Goal: Prevent establishment of selfsustaining carp populations in the Great Lakes A collaborative effort of federal, state and local agencies. Transition from single point of defense at the electric barriers to multi-tiered approach.
  7. 7. High Impact Invaders Sea Lamprey in the 1920’s Zebra Mussels in the 1980’s Quagga Mussels in the 1980’s
  8. 8. Making Lemonade Governor Pat Quinn signed a deal with a Chinese Food processing company to purchase 50 million pounds of Illinois River Asian Carp creating 180 direct and indirect jobs.
  9. 9. If You Can’t Beat Them- Eat Them
  10. 10. Great Lakes Mississippi River Inter-Basin Study (GLIMRIS)
  11. 11. GLIMRIS Alternatives
  12. 12. Alternative 3
  13. 13. Alternative 4
  14. 14. Providing Leadership to Great Lakes Organizations  Great Lakes Commission  Council of Great Lakes Governors  Governor Quinn is Co-Chair  Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement  Great Lakes Compact Council/Regional body
  15. 15. IDNR Conservation Congress  Illinois Conservation Congress is a way for IDNR constituents to propose and advocate actions that can protect and conserve the natural resources of the State of Illinois.  The Conservation Congress process gives the public an opportunity to help IDNR set priorities on a wide range of natural resources issues.  Opportunities to engage with IDNR through Conservation Congress:  Online survey of conservation issues  Open week of Jan. 13: www.dnr.illinois.gov  Live webcasts: Thursdays with IDNR - www.dnr.illinois.gov      January 23: Habitat Restoration & Protection January 30: Land & Water Management February 6: Outdoor Recreation February 13: Partnerships to Promote Education & Volunteerism February 20: Communications & Customer Service
  16. 16. MILLENNIUM RESERVE Shaping the Future of the Calumet Region Suellen Burns Senior Advisor – Millennium Reserve Illinois Department of Natural Resources January 15, 2014
  17. 17. Overview
  18. 18. Ecological Region of Significance Snowy egret Wilson’s phalarope
  19. 19. Industrial Heritage and Legacy Chicago West Pullman and Southern Railroad served US Steel and Pullman. Republic Steel (built 1876) at Avenue O & Calumet River Calumet River: a working river
  20. 20. Polish Irish Yugoslavian Czechoslovakian Swedish Serbians Slovenians Italian German Croatian Austrian Mexican (~1926) African American (post WWII) Community 100th Street Train Station c. 1900 St Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church 106th and Torrence
  21. 21. Mid-1980s: 200,000 jobs lost Wisconsin Steel: boom (1875) and bust (1982) US Steel South Works: heyday (early 1900s) and today “[Let’s] talk about the shuttered mills that once provided a decent life for men and women of every race.” – Presidential candidate Barack Obama, March 18, 2008
  22. 22. Acme Steel – 1884-2002
  23. 23. Calumet Area Open Space Reserve Calumet Area Land Use Plan Opportunity to Build on Existing Efforts
  24. 24. America’s Great Outdoors A promise to future generations…  Reconnect Americans, especially children, to America's outdoors  Build upon local priorities for the conservation of land, water, wildlife, historic, a nd cultural resources  Use science-based management practices to restore and protect our lands and waters for future generations
  25. 25. Shared Leadership
  26. 26. Steering Committee  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  The Field Museum  Openlands  ArcelorMittal USA  Forest Preserve District of Cook County  CSX Transportation  Funk Linko Inc.  Calumet Stewardship Initiative  Illinois Department of Natural Resources  The Chicago Community Trust  Chicago Metropolitan Agency for      Planning Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives Chicago Park District City of Chicago Cook County Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation  Illinois International Port District  Metropolitan Planning Council  Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago  The Pullman Civic Organization  South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association
  27. 27. Steering Committee Duties  Develop action agenda for environmental restoration, outdoor recreation, and economic and community development  Identify projects and major policy initiatives of regional significance  Identify resources to carry out projects  Create and implement short- and long-term work plans  Coordinate and engage with Indiana
  28. 28. State Agency Task Force  Inform and consider priorities and specific actions of Steering Committee  Align and focus State of Illinois resources and authorities behind Steering Committee work plan DCEO DNR DOT IL EPA HPA
  29. 29. Immediate Timeline January 2014  Steering Committee report, recommendations, and action plan to Governor Quinn February 2014  Announcement by the Governor
  30. 30. Examples of Partnership-driven Projects and Accomplishments
  31. 31. Chicago Park District Wetlands Restoration  Big Marsh and Hegewisch Marsh parcels total over 400 acres of natural wetlands near Lake Calumet  Restoring water levels necessary to provide habitat and support nesting for rare birds  These sites are critical locations for wetland bird populations in the region Lead Agency: Chicago Park District Main Partner: IDNR
  32. 32. GreenCorps Calumet  Green job training and invasive species control at 15 city and suburban sites  Benefits both the local ecosystem and economy by hiring and training individuals with barriers to employment Lead Agency: City of Chicago Key Partners: Chicago Park District, FPDCC, IDNR, US EPA
  33. 33. New Funds for Southland Trails Key connectors for the 100-mile loop of Southland trails  Cal-Sag Trail: new sections will connect 185,000+ people in 14 communities  Thorn Creek Trail extension to 17.5 miles Bolster:  recreational opportunities  eco-tourism  related consumer spending in the region Lead Agency: Forest Preserve District of Cook County Key Partners: Active Transportation Alliance, IDNR, Illinois Department of Transportation, Openlands, National Park Service, Trails for Illinois
  34. 34. Mighty Acorns  Curriculum is correlated to the Illinois STEM Standards  Fosters a personal connection between students and natural areas in their communities  First-step opportunities for conservation career development Lead Agency: Field Museum Key Partners: Calumet Stewardship Initiative, FPDCC, IDNR
  35. 35. Tillman Maritime Academy  This new program offers environmental education, job training, and service learning for lowincome, at risk, primarily African American young people aged 16-24. Lead Agency: Prologue Current & Prospective Partners: Blacks in Green, GreenCorps, IL Conservation Police – Marine Unit, SSMMA,IDNR Future Site
  36. 36. IDNR’s role in project examples  Funding  Technical assistance  Program development and/or  Other supporting role(s) in each of these partnership- driven projects
  37. 37. Long-term Goals Strategic and focused investment in:  Environmental enhancement and outdoor recreation  Economic redevelopment  Stronger neighborhoods and communities
  38. 38. Illinois Coastal Management Program Illinois was officially approved as a Coastal Management Program on Jan 31, 2012 Purposes: 1. Support partnerships among governmental agencies, and organizations. 2. Strengthen local stakeholder capacity, 3. Initiate and continue effective coastal management.
  39. 39. Illinois’ Coastal Zone
  40. 40. ICMP Priorities Economic Development Habitat & Natural Areas Persistent Toxins Invasive Species Climate Change Sustainable Development Priority Waterways Nonpoint Source Pollution Access & Recreation
  41. 41. Illinois Lake Michigan Implementation Plan (ILMIP)  ILMIP is our blueprint for identifying and implementing priority management activities in the Illinois Coastal area.  Goals of the plan were:  To guide program direction and set funding priorities for Coastal Grants Program.  To increase the number and diversity of Coastal and Lake Michigan stakeholders  To develop a system to gather and prioritize future stakeholder input.
  42. 42. Top Priorities Chicago & Evanston Chicago & Evanston: • Improve habitat value of urbanized areas • Restore riparian areas for wildlife habitat • Green infrastructure to reduce stormwater
  43. 43. Community Assistance: Climate Adaptation Historically low water levels… High Intensity Storms…
  44. 44. Community Assistance: Recreation Goals: 1. To increase recreational access and opportunities throughout the Illinois Coastal Area. 2. To better connect land based trails and water trails with their coastal communities and amenities. Photo by Kathy Siegrist, CASKA Opportunities: 1. Access Points for Lake Michigan Water Trail. 2. Extending lake shore trails where feasible. 3. Creating known connections among various trails and communities. 4. Supporting amenities for trail users . 5. Increasing awareness and publicity of trails.
  45. 45. Coastal Grant Program  Project Types- Education and Outreach, Planning, Low Cost Construction, Habitat Restoration, Land Acquisition
  46. 46. The Ripple Effect: Building a Community that Cares About Our Great Lake Grantee: Park District of Highland Park Project Focus: Interpretive signage, outreach materials, and specialized scientific equipment to enhance visitor learning about nearshore, dune, and ravine ecosystems at the new Lakefront Interpretive Center. Summer 2013 Project Spotlight
  47. 47. Stormwater from the Ground Up Grantee: League of Women Voters Project Focus: Public information campaign to educate citizens about the problems associated with stormwater runoff, emphasizing actions that individuals, communities, and regions can take to alleviate flooding. Summer 2013 Project Spotlight
  48. 48. Harley Clarke Opportunities  Keeping Public Assets Public:      Coastal Education Center – open to public Beach, park, and recreational access Coastal Science Classroom for schools A regional public meeting space Coastal program for a prominent Lakefront site is a great fit!
  49. 49. Additional Opportunities…  IDNR service center for local communities  Restore and manage natural habitats- training and volunteer opportunities  Support lake- and resource-based activity generators (e.g. kayaks, tours)  Education and research synergies with Northwestern University
  50. 50. Potential Improvements to Harley Clarke  Upgrades to meet safety and other building codes.  Opportunities for improved energy efficiency and sustainability  Demonstration site for environmentally sustainable best management practices (e.g. water and waste management)
  51. 51. Potential Grounds Improvements  Green Infrastructure to protect water quality (e.g. permeable pavement parking lots, rain gardens, bioswales)  Lakefront habitat management to promote passive recreation (e.g. birding, wildlife watching).  Includes invasive/exotic species removal and native planting and landscaping
  52. 52. Why is IDNR interested….  Logical central lakefront location within our     coastal program boundary. Excellent opportunity to expand education and recreational activities. Natural Resource Agency facility in partnership with widely recognized Green City. IDNR’s Coastal programming is a great fit with the Evanston Lakefront Master Plan. Evanston is a special place ….IDNR feels that there is a great opportunity for partnership.
  53. 53. Thank You todd.main@illinois.gov suellen.burns@illinois.gov diane.tecic@illinois.gov

Notes de l'éditeur

  • Why talk about Millennium Reserve tonight?While the goals and geographic area are farther south than Evanston, Millennium Reserve demonstrates our agency’s commitment to respecting the history, challenges, and goals of a region. The Reserve also demonstrates DNR’s role as a facilitator and, most importantly, a partner.
  • Millennium Reserve is a partnership of nearly 100 public agencies, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations working together to:* stimulate economic growth in the Calumet region;* restore and enhance its natural ecosystems; and,* improve quality of life.Millennium Reserve is also a geographic area stretches from downtown Chicago east to the Indiana border and southwest to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Illinois. The immediate focus within this area is the Calumet Core region encompassing numerous neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side, the southeast lakefront, and 35 south suburban municipalities.
  • The Calumet region of Illinois and Indiana is an ecological area of international significance.It includes one of the most important migratory bird flight routes in North America and an amazing array of plants, animals, and ecosystems. But post-settlement by non-indigenous people eventually uprooted much of the ecological wonder of the region.Settlement and regional development was driven by the Calumet’s strategic location for transportation.Ironically, industrial development also left rare pockets of untouched natural areas which still exist today.
  • Millennium Reserve is just that…a 220-square mile opportunity to transform a region in transition. It recognizes that conservation and sustainable land use are inextricably linked to healthy communities and a robust economy. It is also not starting from scratch. We are building on existing plans and action agendas such “Go to 2040” by CMAP and “Green TIME Zone” by Center for Neighborhood Technology and South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association …as well as many others.
  • President Obama took a new approach to conservation and recreation with his America’s Great Outdoors initiative. That initiative provides the foundation of Millennium Reserve.
  • In its early program development phase, IDNR engaged dozens of partners and other stakeholders in helping shape a vision for Millennium Reserve.Governor Quinn formalized this collaborative model in March 2013 by appointing a 22-member Steering Committee to: Galvanize efforts around opportunities of regional significance in Millennium Reserve
  • The shared leadership structure helps ensure diverse stakeholders and interests are represented.
  • This group’s primary, short-term focus is to:Develop an action agendaZero in on “tipping point” projects for the regionIdentify resources to make those projects happen
  • The Governor also appointed a 5-members state agency task force to Inform and support Steering Committee prioritiesThis task force includes: (see slide)
  • Dozens of partners are doing outstanding work in the Calumet region now. To make Millennium Reserve more tangible, we thought it would be helpful to share some examples of their work.
  • First: Chicago Park District Wetlands Restoration, which is a project at Big Marsh and Hegewisch Marsh.These parcels total over 400 acres near Lake Calumet and provide critical habitat for wetland birds. The wetlands restoration will provide habitat and support nesting for rare species, which draw many birders to the area. Birders play an important role in eco-tourism and related spending.
  • A new extension of the City of Chicago’s successful GreenCorps initiative is providing job training and invasive species control at 15 city and suburban sites. In addition to local ecosystem benefits, the program contributes to economic and job development by hiring and training individuals with barriers to employment.
  • The State of Illinois is investing over $5 million to construct new sections of:* the Thorn Creek Trail, bringing its length to 17.5 miles; and, * Cal-Sag Trail, making it a 30-mile paved, multi-use trail that connects more than 185,000 people in 14 communities. Both trails are key connectors for the 100-mile loop of Southland trails that bolster recreational opportunities, eco-tourism, and related consumer spending in the region.
  • With curricula that correlate to Illinois science learning standards, Mighty Acorns fosters a personal connection between young people and the natural areas in their communities. The Millennium Reserve partnership has allowed the Field Museum, which runs Mighty Acorns, to expand the program’s reach in Calumet. This expansion is bringing classroom lessons and in-the-field Calumet site study and stewardship to 400 fourth through sixth grade students, many from underserved communities.
  • Scheduled to open in fall 2014, the new Tillman Maritime Academy is an alternative high school for low-income, at risk, primarily African American young people aged 16-24 who have been unsuccessful in traditional academic settings. Its special areas of focus include environmental education, job training, and service learning. Located along the Little Calumet River in Chicago’s Riverdale neighborhood and adjacent to Altgeld Gardens, Tillman will immerse students in a coastal setting to gain employable skills and develop career pathways in maritime technology, waterway safety, and conservation stewardship.
  • IDNR has played a funding, technical assistance, program development, and/or other supporting role in each of these partnership-driven projects. From IDNR top leaders like Director Marc Miller to Chris Rollins, site supervisor at William Powers State Park on the far south side of Chicago, to grounds keeper Mike and receptionist Terry at William Powers, our role is be proactive, responsive, accessible, and a partner. The project examples I highlighted represent just a handful of the exciting things that are already happening specifically as a result of the Reserve partnership framework.
  • IDNR and our Millennium Reserve partners aim to stimulate and steward LONG-TERM, strategic, and focused investment in:Environmental enhancement and outdoor recreationEconomic redevelopmentStronger neighborhoods and communitiesIt starts with an environmental and economic renewal plan for the Calumet region that weaves nature into the fabric of healthy communities. By connecting innovative projects with the necessary resources, Millennium Reserve will enhance open space and create sustainable economic growth. You can measure our success by the numbers of acres, natural resources, and jobs protected and restored. We are guided by local partners who understand community priorities and know how to make the most of the region’s assets. And that collaborative process is what will make Millennium Reserve the new model for urban redevelopment.
  • Illinois was the last eligible state for inclusion in NOAA’s Coastal Management Program. Joining the program has allowed IDNR to bring staff and additional financial resources to the Illinois Coast. The purpose of our program is to connect, strengthen and support partnerships that benefit our Illinois Coast . And clearly, there are so many partnerships already in this region!ICMP is organized to enhance the state’s role in supporting partnerships among governmental agencies, and organizations. The ICMP strengthens local stakeholder capacity, and initiates andcontinues effective coastal management consistent with identified state standards and criteria. The ICMP plays an important role in shaping coastal ecosystem management policies, streamliningprocedures, and providing a clearinghouse for information on coastal regulatory programs. It increases public awareness, involvement, and opportunities for citizens to participate in decisions affecting our Lake Michigan coastal resources.
  • The coastal zone varies tremendously through its 63 miles and the boundaries of the Coastal Zone are quite narrow in some places. This is in part because the flow of water in this region has been changed so much that most of the surface water and rainfall flows away from the lake under normal circumstances. The Pike-Root area includes large, high-quality natural communities where management for diverse native vegetation is needed. In the central area of the Chicago coast, habitat areas are more modest and interspersed with non-native park plantings. Enhancing shoreline and riverfront parks for migratory birds will be a key focus. In the Calumet region, the focus will extend to wetland management techniques to improve hydrology at heavily modified sites to restore marsh types needed by breeding birds.
  • Watershed WikiTool for tracking the status of Illinois’ coastal projectsReporting mechanism for a wide variety of public and private stakeholdersNetworking opportunity to foster watershed-wide dialoguesMindMixer – Web-based Community EngagementVirtual Town Hall meeting Simple to use, low barrier to participationIntroduce ideasRanking and prioritizing capabilitiesComplementary to Wiki information