Here are links to our last three webinars hosted by the SER-Midwest Great Lakes Chapter.

Winter/Spring Webinar, 2024

Measuring Success: What Indicators Quantify Water Quality and Habitat Improvements of Urban Watershed Restoration Projects

Bennett Kottler P.E. Ph.D.- Program Director, Mill Creek Alliance

Kate Moran – Environmental Analyst, Kimley-Horn

Thursday, March 28th, Noon-1PM (EDST)

This webinar ties together the themes of ecological restoration practices with the measurement of local water quality and habitat integrity in an urban watershed.  . Bennett Kottler, Project Director, of the Mill Creek Alliance (MCA) will discuss the history of MCA and present case studies of  doing watershed restoration projects while connecting to local stakeholders along the Mill Creek Watershed in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kate Moran, an Environmental Analystwith Kimley-Horn,  will tie these case studies together with presentations of both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis strategies used to gauge the positive impacts of these projects. These case studies  and the data analysis tools discussed are applicable to practitioners working within any urban watershed.

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Fall, 2023 Webinar

Daylighting human quality of life benefits of ecological restoration.

The ecological benefits of restoration projects are routinely measured using metrics such as acres of improved area, increase in target species abundance, or reduction in sediment loads. The human quality of life (i.e., human wellbeing) benefits of ecological restoration projects are rarely considered during project planning or measured either as a baseline prior to restoration or as a result of a restoration action. I provide an example for developing and ranking human quality of life (QOL) indicators for ecological restoration projects. QOL indicators can be relevant to restoration priorities (e.g., birding visits increase with bird abundance and diversity) and resonate with a local community (e.g., increased recreation translates to a better economy). I also present results of a recent analysis of data from 11 years of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) projects that indicate GLRI projects are incorporating metrics for QOL benefits despite not being required for funding and not being reported. Based on an online survey, more than 70% of responding project managers who set a human wellbeing goal for a restoration project believed they achieved it. Human quality of life metrics can provide an important complement to ecological data by providing further (social) justification for funding programs and building community support for ecological restoration efforts. The United Nations’ “Decade of Ecosystem Restoration” set a goal to promote more socio-ecological goals in ecosystem restoration. Restoration practitioners should develop systems to better measure and track such efforts to document the full extent of restoration outcomes.


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Summer Webinar, 2023

“Disturbance/renewal ecology: science, application, and the future”  Trevor will be hosting.  This speaker, Stephen Thomforde from Stantec, Inc.,

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