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Inspiring Healthy Communities for People and Nature Now Online and FREE! We moved the Chicago Wilderness Congress online! That means you get access to the latest thinking about the region's most pressing conservation issues, while making sure everyone is safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out our line up for session one:

When: May 26, 2020
1 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Zoom instructions will be sent out to registrants 24 hours in advance.
United States
Contact: Laura Reilly

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Virtual Congress Session 2: Tue, May 26, 1-3pm

1-2pm First presentation
2-3pm Second presentation

You are welcome to attend one or both presentations.   


1:00 pm  StormStore: Stormwater Credit Trading (Green Economy)

Our region is faced with more frequent and consequential impacts from urban flooding. Excess stormwater degrades water quality of our river systems and burdens people, often with lower-income individuals and communities of color disproportionally enduring the worst impacts. TNC and MPC have worked with MWRD to assess the feasibility of stormwater credit trading as an innovative tool for encouraging more strategic and equitable distribution of natural stormwater infrastructure. This session will explain the functionality and benefits of stormwater credit trading models; introduce MWRD’s pilot program; identify pathways for participation; and showcase how stormwater credit trading might be applied through scenarios. 
Jennifer Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy
Ryan Wilson, Metropolitan Planning Council
Kimberly Du Buclet, MWRD Commissioner


2:00 pm   Urban Soils Workshop (Science and Natural Resource Management)

Soils are an integral part of any ecosystem, yet are often overlooked. Urban soils are very heterogeneous; that is they can vary tremendously over a short distance.  Many urban soils have been subjected to repeated damage from construction, contamination, and neglect, and therefore behave unlike natural soils. Promoting healthy communities for people and nature starts at the ground, with the soil. This webinar will discuss differences between natural and urban soils.  We will focus on free online resources provided by the Natural Resource Conservation Service.  We will explore the tools and applications available, such as the Web Soil Survey, how to assess soil health, and the benefits of building your own portable soil quality test kit.  The goal is to provide participants with science-driven resources and an opportunity to continue learning.  

Workshop Leaders: 
Michelle Catania, The Morton Arboretum
Allyson Salisbury, The Morton Arboretum

With appreciation to our Congress Sponsors

 Your support allows us all to view the conservation world from new perspectives and contribute to the region's green vision. Thank you!


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