Presented by Ania Bayers - Natural Resources Manager in the Coastal Management Program
Abstract: The Illinois Coastal Management Program (CMP) was established in 2012 as part of the National Coastal Zone Management Program, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Since its inception, the ethos of CMP has been to identify and work towards objectives that protect the natural environments and serve the economic, social and recreational needs of our communities, with a focus on equity and inclusivity. CMP has initiated partnerships and projects that exemplify this important balancing act. Of particular interest, Ms. Bayers will highlight strategic partnerships and projects that are helping address the damage affecting habitats, economies and communities due to high lake levels, shoreline erosion and storm damage. An important component of addressing coastal needs is also building the knowledge base and increasing community capacity to address coastal-related issues. This seminar will provide a foundational understanding of Illinois’ Coastal Management Program, how we work, and examples of our activities.