Floodplain Management Symposium

Floodplain Management Symposium, March 23, 2007 at Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, Illinois

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Michael Lemke, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology, University of Illinois at Springfield Director, Emiquon Field Station

Michael Rosenzweig, Ph.D. Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona Author of Win-Win Ecology

Suzanne Kercher, Ph.D. Botanist/Restoration Ecologist, Adaptive Restoration LLC, Wisconsin Professor of Natural Science, Edgewood College, Wisconsin

Donald Hey, Ph.D. Senior Vice President, The Wetlands Initiative
Drake Warren, Doctoral Candidate in Agriculture and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Albert Ettinger, J.D. Senior Attorney, Environmental Law and Policy Center

K. Douglas Blodgett, Director, Upper Mississippi River Floodplain Initiative, The Nature Conservancy

Workshop Leaders

Jason Beverlin, Emiquon Preserve Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy

David Hiatt, Biologist, Wetlands Reserve Program, NRCS, USDA

Maria Lemke, Aquatic Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

Tim Lindenbaum, Outreach Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy; Land Steward, Parklands Foundation; Farmer in McLean County, Illinois

Robert Meiners, President, AGREM

Jack Pizzo, Vice President and Senior Ecologist, Pizzo and Associates

Rusty Tanton, Illinois Emergency Management Agency


  • 8:30 Michael Lemke: Welcome & Overview
  • 8:45 Michael Rosenzweig: Having our Land and Sharing it Too
  • 9:30 Suzanne Kercher: Plants and People: The Importance of Communities in Re-establishing Floodplain Functions
  • 10:15 Break
  • 10:30 Donald Hey: Capitalizing Wetland Restoration
  • 11:00 Drake Warren: Measuring the Economic Impacts of Restoring and Using River Sites
  • 11:30 Albert Ettinger: Protecting Floodplains: The Environmentalist and Legal Perspective
  • 12:00 Lunch and Workshop Introductions
  • 1:30 K. Douglas Blodgett: Emiquon: A Case Study
  • 2:00 Workshops and Small Group Discussions:
    • David Hiatt: Utilizing Federal Easements to Accomplish Floodplain Restoration
    • Maria Lemke and Tim Lindenbaum: Management and Constructed Wetlands: The Mackinaw River Project
    • Robert Meiners: Agriculture Water Management: Modeling, Design and Implementation
    • Rusty Tanton and Jack Pizzo: Your Community and River Floodplains:Disaster for Benefits
  • 3:00 Roundtable and Summary Discussion
  • 3:45 Break
  • 4:00 Jason Beverlin: Tour of Emiquon

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