Stormwater 101: How to Address Community Flooding and Water Quality Issues - U of I Extension

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Stormwater 101: How to Address Community Flooding and Water Quality Issues

This article was originally published on September 18, 2018 and expired on December 6, 2018. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

URBANA, Ill. - University of Illinois Extension’s Community and Economic Development team will host a free webinar on Thursday, December 6, at Noon, entitled Stormwater 101: How to Address Community Flooding and Water Quality Issues, presented by Amy Ando,PhD. Agricultural and Consumer Economics fromUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Eliana Brown, Outreach Specialist, University of Illinois Extension. The webinar will address best management practices for addressing urban stormwater quality and quantity challenges. We will discuss both the practices and the fiscal implications of stormwater solutions.

Amy W. Ando is a Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. She earned a B.A. in economics from Williams College in 1990 and a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T in 1996. Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois she worked as a Fellow at Resources for the Future for three years, and she is now a University Fellow at Resources for the Future. Ando has studied numerous topics in environmental and natural resource economics but her research focuses primarily on the economics of species and habitat conservation. That work includes research to inform optimal conservation planning, descriptive analyses of actual private and public conservation behavior, and research to improve aquatic habitat through better stormwater management policy; a recent set of papers works to develop tools for spatial conservation portfolio choice to reduce the uncertainty in conservation outcomes from climate change. Her research has been funded by grants from several sources including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – NIFA. Papers emerging from her research have appeared in Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Resource and Energy Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics, Conservation Biology, Conservation Letters, and numerous other scholarly journals and books. Ando has served as a handling editor for three highly ranked journals in her field. She has worked on major review panels for multidisciplinary grant competitions at the National Science Foundation and participated in expert advisory workshops related to stormwater, wildlife habitat policy, and ecosystem service valuation for the EPA and the USDA. Ando served for several years on the Advisory Committee for the Environment Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and on advisory groups to help the City of Chicago form and evaluate stormwater initiatives.

Eliana Brown is an outreach specialist with University of Illinois Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. She is the principal investigator of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy focusing on facilitation and project management. Eliana also works with communities, Master Gardeners, and others to educate the public about stormwater issues and green infrastructure best management practices. She leads a team that creates stormwater outreach products. She provides guest lectures for the U of I departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. Prior to joining Extension and the Illinois Water Resources Center, she worked for the University of Illinois Facilities & Services as the campus MS4 coordinator and at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency as a field engineer. She represented the University on stormwater utility fee committees for the cities of Urbana and Champaign. Eliana received her MS in civil and environmental engineering and a BS in general engineering with a secondary field in marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a LEED AP and a Master Gardener.

There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, REGISTRATION required. Register online or contact Lisa Merrifield at for more information.

Source: Nancy Ouedraogo, Extension Specialist, Community Economic Development,

Pull date: December 6, 2018