Great Lakes Ravine Restoration & Monitoring Program

Project Description


Lake Michigan is a significant regional ecological and water supply resource.  Lake water quality is being impacted at the local level from ravine runoff and erosion along the shoreline in Northern Illinois.  To address this issue, the Alliance for the Great Lakes partnered with interest groups in an effort to restore and improve these critical ravine systems.

To support the initiative, Northwater staff was retained as technical consultants in a collaborative effort to develop standard water quality, geomorphic and biologic assessment protocols and evaluate and monitor dozens of severely eroding ravines delivering sediment and pollutants into Lake Michigan. Northwater worked with a diverse team of organizations and professionals to evaluate existing data and to develop a series of monitoring protocols.  Northwater also provided land manager training and a report and maps representing existing ravine conditions.  Ravine stability maps have been used to secure Great Lake Restoration Funds and have become a baseline from which to measure progress.

When choosing a consultant one of the first places I turn to is Northwater Consulting. They have provided our organization with the technical expertise needed to define, prioritize and pursue watershed management goals for Illinois’ coastal, riparian habitats. Using their data analysis and visualization/mapping skills, we have developed and standardized a quantitative methodology for data collection and project prioritization…. Multiple municipal, park district and county agencies use this information to secure funding for project implementation. Further, when it comes to development of grant proposals and project implementation Northwater’s relationships and understanding of federal and state entities is a valuable asset. Northwater has the interpersonal skills needed to garner the support of varied stakeholders spanning multiple jurisdictions and geographic scales. Lastly, Northwater is nothing but professional….punctual, good humored and consistently available. I recommend Northwater without reservation.

- Angela Larsen, Coastal Project Manager, Alliance for the Great Lakes

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