Private Landowners Help Prevent Erosion into Lake Michigan

Ravines, like the one here, drain into Lake Michigan. Minimizing sediment loss is important for the health of the ravine ecosystem and for Lake Michigan. Photo courtesy of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Ravines, like the one here, drain into Lake Michigan. Minimizing sediment loss is important for the health of the ravine ecosystem and for Lake Michigan. Photo courtesy of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Northeastern Illinois ravine ecosystems provide a valuable service to Lake Michigan—they filter and slow stormwater before it enters the lake, removing excess nutrients and pollution along the way. Development has destroyed many of these ravines, by cutting down trees, paving roads, and putting up buildings. To save the ravines that still exist and the valuable service they provide to Lake Michigan, groups are working with private landowners to show them how to care for and restore the ravines. Read more here.

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