Slate’s 5/29/18 article The Maryland Flooding is a Warning argues that heavy rain, rather than rising seas, is the earliest severe consequence of climate change, and that we’ve been preparing for it in the worst possible way. Very heavy rain events
Village Reaches Agreement with Forest Preserve Staff
Winnetka negotiators have reached a tentative agreement with Cook County Forest Preserve staff to allow Winnetka to utilize about 19 acres of its land between Willow Rd. & Winnetka Ave. west of Hibbard Rd. to create a stormwater detention area
Tribune article about efforts to restore Oak Savannas like Crow Island
“This is in a sense our rainforest, our national heritage,” — Craig Maier, coordinator of the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-oak-savannas-restoration-met-20170529-story.html
Q&A with Costa Kutulas about Ongoing Work in NW Woods
You’ve probably noticed all the construction equipment in the Northwest corner of Crow Island Woods, so we asked Costa Kutulas, Winnetka’s Superintendent of Parks, to help us understand the work going on there. How were downed trees selected for clearing?
Village Council to Discuss Lawn Phosphorus Ban Tuesday Night
The Winnetka Village Council will be discussing a limited ban on phosphorus recommended by the Winnetka Environmental and Forestry Commission. Several council members believe that reducing the amount of phosphorus in our stormwater run-off will probably increase the chance the
Crow Island Only Remnant of Pre-Settlement Winnetka
Prior to extensive European settlement, a large portion of Winnetka and the surrounding area near Lake Michigan were covered by extensive oak woodlands and savannas, but even by the 1930s, nearly all of the larger oak ecosystems in the north
Why Oak Ecosystems Are Important
Oak ecosystems are important for many reasons, including: Oak savannas yield unique combinations of light levels, soil moisture, pH, and organic matter which support over 600 species of plants, butterflies & moths, nesting birds and bats, mushrooms, and other rare,
Property Buyouts Reduce Flood Risks
When a property or neighborhood experience repeated flooding, costs for the property owner, the community and state can escalate rapidly. Some areas are flood-prone enough that it would cost more money to remediate the flooding or support the flood recovery expenses
Northbrook Completes Wescott Park Stormwater Storage Facility
In November, the Village of Northbrook, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and Northbrook Park District officials announced the completion of the Wescott Park Stormwater Storage Facility in Northbrook. The $9.65 million facility ($10.3 million including design and construction engineering) located
Urban Heat Islands: We Literally Are Rainmakers!
Urban Heat Islands Cause Increased Rainfall Meteorology researchers have found that the temperature in cities and suburbs can be up to 10° F warmer on average than surrounding rural areas, and as much as 22° F warmer on summer evenings.