$2.2 billion for Great Lakes Restoration: EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency will spend $2.2 billion over five years on the Great Lakes to clean up polluted water and beaches, restore wetlands and fight invasive species such as Asian carp in a revitalization effort.
In 2010 $475 million is budgeted under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan.

The Initiative builds upon 5 years of work of the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force (IATF) and stakeholders, guided by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy. The IATF includes 16 cabinet and agency organizations, including: EPA, State, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, HUD, Transportation, Homeland Security, Army, CEQ, and Health and Human Services.

Chicago Breaking News reports
Billing the effort as light on study and heavy on action, environmental leaders say they’re seeking to heal the Great Lakes ecosystem from “150 years of abuse” and to ensure that “fish are safe to eat; the water is safe to drink; the beaches and waters are safe for swimming, surfing, boating and recreating; native species and habitats are protected and thriving; no community suffers disproportionately from the impacts of pollution; and the Great Lakes are a healthy place for people and wildlife to live.”

[Vancouver Sun – U.S. looks for help in battling Asian carp invasion]

[M.live – Asian carp may swallow federal Great Lakes Cleanup funding]

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Favorite Landscape Architecture Poll – Huffington Post

The Huffington Post is currently undertaking a poll to gauge readers favorite landscape architecture from across America.

Currently the Leader is Central Park, NY followed by Millenium Park in Chicago and then Academy of Sciences rooftop.

Other landscapes included in the poll is the Great Orange County Park, The Highline and Citygarden St.Louis.

Go vote for your favorite landscape architecture project at the [SOURCE: Huffington Post – Landscape Architecture Across America (PHOTOS)]

Adams-Sangamon park breaks ground

Gazette Chicago reports

What made the recent groundbreaking for the new park at Adams and Sangamon Streets, currently known as Park 542, so “exciting” is “the new design,” said Chris Gent, deputy director of planning and development for the Chicago Park District.

Landscape architect Ernie Wong from Site Design Group was on site for the groundbreaking, along with Aldermen Robert Fioretti (2nd) and Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) and several other City and neighborhood leaders.

SOURCE: Gazette Chicago – Groundbreaking held for Adams-Sangamon park

MVVA selected for northern end of Grant Park

Chicago Journal reports

A Brooklyn-based landscape architecture firm has been recommended to lead the revamp of the northern end of Grant Park, one of the most prominent — and, in recent times, most contentious — public spaces in Chicago.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. will plan an area that includes the Grant Park site of the Chicago Children’s Museum, according to a letter park district staff posted on the agency’s Web site on Tuesday.

read the full article at the SOURCE: Chicago Journal- Grant Park contract going out

City’s second waterfront: Riverwalk improved, but hurdles remain – Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune reports

In recent weeks, scores of walkers, joggers, bicyclists and others have discovered the riverwalk that just opened on the Chicago River’s south bank. Stretching from east of the Michigan Avenue Bridge to Wabash Avenue, with an extension to State Street due to wrap up in early July, the handsome, people-friendly public space marks the latest step in Mayor Richard Daley’s ambitious drive to make the riverfront a prime public space downtown and in the city’s outlying neighborhoods.

read the full article @ the SOURCE: City’s second waterfront: Riverwalk improved, but hurdles remain

Daniel Burnham Memorial finalists announced, but designs kept under wraps – chicagotribune.com

chicagotribune.com reports

“The three finalists are David Woodhouse Architects of Chicago, Hoerr Schaudt landscape architects of Chicago and Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Mass., a planning, landscape architecture and architecture firm.”

read more about the process and design @ the SOURCE: chicagotribune.com – Daniel Burnham Memorial finalists announced, but designs kept under wraps

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