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Protect the delicate balance of our natural world

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URBANA, Ill. – The impact of human activity on the planet is revealing itself in the soil, rivers, streams, and lakes. Three free online University of Illinois Extension webinars this summer will focus on the impact environmental changes with water and soil can have on the long-term health of the planet. 

The series, Everyday Environment, provides new information on natural resources and how small changes can have a positive impact on the environment. Registration is required prior to the workshops at If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, please contact Erin Garrett at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs. 

Webinar topics

Help for Homeowners with Stormwater | July 14, 1 p.m. 
Illinois residents are familiar with intense rainstorms that wash away soil and cause other issues. The water running off our roofs and lawns can impact downstream lakes and rivers. This webinar provides practical tips for rain gardens, leaf management, and natural lawn care. 

Cover Crops and Gardens | August 11, 1 p.m. 
Cover crops are a standard commercial agricultural practice. Duane Friend will discusses the benefits of cover crop use in gardens.

Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Michigan and the Communities that Rely on It | September 8, 1 p.m.
Lake Michigan provides valuable ecosystem services to the coastal communities along its shorelines. Given the prevalence of anthropogenic stressors such as increased nutrient loading, invasive species and overfishing, that have historically affected the lake, climate change is best viewed as a long-term stressor that has the ability to negatively affect the ecosystem services on which many people rely.

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WRITER: Judy Mae Bingman, Illinois Extension Marketing and Communications Manager