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Illinois Success Stories Slide Show
A slide show of all our success stories from Illinois.
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Waukegan, Ill.: The cleanup of Waukegan Harbor, one of the most contaminated harbors in the United States, recently took a huge step forward, when the federal government began dredging 175,000 cubic yards of toxic mud from the bottom of the harbor, near Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Commission.
(Chicago, Ill.): Funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is restoring a native prairie and marsh ecosystem to Chicago’s Northerly Island in Lake Michigan to provide habitat to native fish and wildlife, and an outdoor recreation space in the city for people. Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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(Chicago, Ill.): Migratory birds and butterflies have a safe place to stop over in Chicago, thanks to the Burnham Wildlife Corridor. Invasive species have been removed and volunteers have planted thousands of native trees and shrubs in their place. Dan Thomson and the Chicago Park District.
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(Winthrop Harbor, Ill.) Planting native species along this Lake Michigan beach deterred gulls, which had been polluting the area with their waste. By reducing gull habitat, the water quality improve greatly. Photo credit: Lake County Health Department.
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Chicago, Ill.: Funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has helped Chicago area youth remove invasive species so native species can thrive. Photo courtesy of Brenda Elmore.
North of Chicago, Ill.: Funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has helped Chicago area groups remove invasive species so native species can thrive. Photo courtesy of Chip Williams and Lake County Forest Preserve District.
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Northeastern Illinois: Groups are focused on restoring ravine habitat by working with private landowners plant native species, which will also help prevent sediment build-up in Lake Michigan.
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Lake Bluff, Ill.: By bolstering the banks of this stream, storm water runoff will be curbed and erosion will be reduced Lake Bluff Ravine near Chicago, keeping hundreds of tons of sediment from washing into Lake Michigan. Photo courtesy of the Village of Lake Bluff.
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Winthrop Harbor, IL: In the Village of Winthrop Harbor, IL, there was a severely eroded ravine tributary to Dead Dog Creek; this resulted in sediment and nutrient runoff into Lake Michigan. The photo above shows restoration efforts, which involved planting native species and securing the stream bank to prevent erosion. Photo courtesy of Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.
63rd Street Beach Cleanuphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/63rd-beach.jpg
Chicago, Ill.: Restoring 21 acres of sand dunes and aquatic habitat on Chicago's 63rd Street Beach lured native plants and birds back to a beach that had once been covered with more trash than vegetation.
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Wilmette, Ill.: Following the decimation of their ash tree population by the invasive emerald ash borer, the village of Wilmette is beginning to replace their lost trees. Once matured, this newly planted oak will mitigate stormwater impacts and protect Lake Michigan’s water quality.