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Posted on behalf of Irene Miles <miles@uiuc.edu>

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant funding
April 19, 2002

Sea Grant Funding Seeds Coastal Projects

The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program has been awarded $928,500 to
continue its efforts to foster a sustainable environment and economy in the
southern Lake Michigan and Great Lakes region. This funding from the
National Sea Grant Program is matched in part, by the University of
Illinois, Purdue University and their partners.

"Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) serves clients along 104 miles of heavily
urbanized and industrialized shoreline in the two states," said Dick Warner,
interim Sea Grant director.  "Our focus is environmental stewardship,
long-term economic development and responsible use of resources through
research, education and outreach."

"Our funding fuels research projects at a number of institutions, including
Notre Dame, University of Illinois, Northwestern University, Purdue
University and the Illinois Natural History Survey," said Warner. IISG is
focused on critical concerns in aquaculture, biological resources (which
includes invasive species), coastal business and environment, coastal
processes and water quality.

"Frequently, Sea Grant works closely with policy makers and has sometimes
provided crucial support in the initial stages of what becomes major
projects," said Warner. IISG encouraged and funded the beginnings of the
Wingspread Tri-State Regional Accord, an historic agreement in which four
planning agencies along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana
have committed to work together as they consider major environmental and
economic issues.

Sea Grant also funded preliminary efforts to plan for an environmental
visitor center in the Calumet area, a 20 square-mile area on the southeast
side of Chicago and in Northwest Indiana. Since then, the proposed center,
as part of a larger effort to revitalize the environment and economy of the
Calumet area, has received major funding from both government and corporate

Many Sea Grant efforts are focused on youth, involving both education and
hands-on experience. For example, IISG is taking part in a program that
involves 4-H field volunteers with the goal of beating back purple
loosestrife, an invasive plant that is causing widespread problems in
coastal and inland wetlands. Young 4-H stewards are making many trips to the
field in a large-scale effort to use a biological control on the weedy
plant, in this case, a beetle that is its natural enemy.

Recently, IISG has moved its administrative base from Purdue University to
the University of Illinois. The two universities jointly sponsor the
program. At the U of I, Sea Grant is newly positioned in the Office of the
Vice Chancellor for Research.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is one of 30 Sea Grant programs nationwide. The
National Sea Grant College Program began in the National Science Foundation
in the early 1960s. Within a few years it moved to the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration as an agent for scientific discovery, technology
transfer, economic growth and public education as they involve coastal,
ocean and Great Lakes resources. IISG was established in 1982, and in 1998
achieved Sea Grant's highest distinction-- "College Program" status.

For more information about Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant activities and
products, visit the IISG Web page at www.iisgcp.org or contact Irene Miles
at (217) 333-8055.


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