Stormwater & Green Infrastructure

Stormwater & Green Infrastructure

Most people live in increasingly impervious worlds—sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and buildings fill the environment. Hard surfaces don’t absorb rain, letting it run off, flow into nearby waterways, and carry accumulated contaminants. As climate change brings bigger, more frequent storms, managing this precipitation as it hits the ground is even more critical to prevent flooding and protect water quality. Simple solutions, including installing rain gardens, can help by bringing green back into the environment.

Programs & Initiatives

Calumet Collaborative Training & Maintenance Workgroup

The Calumet region of Chicago experiences chronic urban flooding, resulting in property damage, polluted runoff, infrastructure stress, and community disinvestment. The workgroup engages in coordinated planning to improve stormwater management, helping address the negative impacts of urban flooding through green infrastructure.

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Purdue Rainscaping Education

​Rainscaping includes the use of sustainable landscape design and management practices at both the household and community scales to prevent pollution from reaching water bodies by directing stormwater to be absorbed by plants and soils. The Rainscaping Education Program provides training and resources on practices that can be installed in a residential setting or small scale public spaces project.

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Research Projects

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant funds original research projects that support and complement our education and outreach activities. The link below will take you the Stormwater and Green Infrastructure section of our funded research database, where you will find project descriptions, contact information, and final reports and publications.

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Stormwater & Green Infrastructure Contact Information

Topic Specialist


Eliana Brown
Stormwater Specialist
217-265-0760

Research Projects


Carolyn Foley
Research Coordinator
765-494-3601

Publications


Ethan Chitty
Administrative Assistant
765-496-6009

Education & Training


Terri Hallesy
Education Coordinator
217-244-8809