Climate Change Adaptation - Illinois
Climate Change History
In Executive Order 2006-11, governor Blagojevich created the Illinois Climate Change Advisory Group. The group concluded its work in 2007, aided by the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS). As with almost all CCS pattern climate action plans, Illinois’ plan is largely focused on greenhouse gas reductions (mitigation) and does not address building resiliency and preparing for climate change (adaptation).
Current & Future Action
Illinois does not have any adaptation planning efforts underway at this time. The state does have a robust wetland restoration program along its riparian corridors which is expected to build resiliency to severe flood events and help to improve water quality generally. Wetland restoration programs oriented around coal mining operations have also resulted in productive wetlands within the State.
Pilot Programs/Current Studies
Illinois’ Department of Transportation maintains information on its wetland banks. Morris Bank and Lagrange Bank are cited as exemplars of effective wetland restoration projects.
For More Information
For the Illinois’ Department of Transportation wetland banks: http://www.dot.state.il.us/desenv/environmental/wlbankoption.html