Governor Pat Quinn recently signed an Executive Order establishing the Illinois Coastal Management Program within the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. According to a DNR press release, "through the federally-funded program, Illinois will receive $2 million annually from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to improve the northeast Illinois economy and create jobs by protecting the state’s coastal resources along Lake Michigan. . . . The program will be fully funded with federal dollars, which will be used to restore threatened habitats and to 'green' harbors on Lake Michigan. It will also help municipalities develop plans to restore and sustain shorelines.
"Some of the ICMP’s goals include: supporting local, state and federal partnerships as agencies work to manage coastal resources; developing strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change; developing long-term solutions to address toxins and invasive species; working to expand the use of green infrastructure to control storm water, promoting groundwater recharge and reduce flooding; and helping communities identify opportunities for water-related economic development."
More information can be found on the Illinois Coastal Management Program's website.
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