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Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (ILIN) achieved college status in 1997 and is a collaborative program between the University of Illinois and Purdue University. IISG brings together scientists, educators, policy makers, community decision makers, outreach specialists, business leaders, and the general public to work towards a healthy environment and economy.

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ILIN Sea Grant by the Numbers

2020 (pdf)

2019 (pdf)

2017 (pdf)

2016 (pdf)

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN ILLINOIS AND INDIANA RESULTED IN*

$2.2M

ECONOMIC IMPACT

10982

ACRES OF COASTAL HABITAT PROTECTED OR RESTORED

41

 STUDENTS  SUPPORTED

3311

K-12 STUDENTS REACHED

 
 
 

*Metrics reported in Summer 2021 for work conducted February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. Economic impact = market and non-market value of Sea Grant's work; value of jobs and businesses. "Students supported" includes new and continuing students receiving financial support to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree. K-12 students reached through Sea Grant education efforts.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Featured Impacts

Meet Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Experts


Leslie Dorworth

Aquatic Ecology Specialist - Leslie serves the Chicago metropolitan area and focuses on a variety of water quality issues, including the development of informational pieces on fish consumption and the connection to human health and how land use impacts water quality. 


"The loss of shoreline due to wave and ice action and what communities do to reinforce their shoreline has always interested me."

Illinois and Indiana Stories and News

Local Decision Maker; Assisting Indiana communities in making informed and integrated land use and economic development decisions

Local Decision Maker; Assisting Indiana communities in making informed and integrated land use and economic development decisions

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Local Decision Maker (LDM) is a powerful decision support system for comprehensive planning.  LDM brings together the data, current research, analyses, mapping tools, and models to assist communities throughout the planning process.  If vexing issues such as too much growth, too little growth, loss of natural resources, poor employment outlook, or declining school populations have driven your community to the point that change is wanted, you will find LDM useful. LDM will help you assess existing conditions, develop a realistic vision of the future, identify future development strategies, and select a preferred strategy consistent with the community's economic, natural resource, social and cultural objectives and projected resource bases.  Conflicts are unavoidable given competing objectives.  Overall, we expect communities that use LDM will find ways to navigate through these conflicts and develop a comprehensive plan supported by the community. 

The site is designed for county planners, planning consultants and public officials.  If you are new to the comprehensive planning process, please spend some time in the Resources section.  In addition, we recently added the map to the right that summarizes existing planning efforts throughout Indiana.  Before starting a planning effort, you may want to visit some of the counties that have recently completed or updated their comprehensive plans.

 

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Lisa Merrifield, Assistant Director for Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant


Emaillmorrisn@illinois.edu
Phone217-333-0045

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