The Future of Northwest Indiana: A Scenario Planning Tool Based on our Natural Heritage

Decisions made today shape the future landscape of the Kankakee River Watershed. If only the future could be seen with a time machine, what choices were made and what were the results? Would those choices be different?

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame and the U.S. Geological Survey are applying science to build a landscape design tool to test alternative future landscape scenarios for the Kankakee River watershed. The tool consists of surface water and groundwater models joined to ecosystem service models including water storage, flood control, groundwater recharge, waterfowl habitat, recreational value, and agricultural production. The 1800's landscape of the region serves as a baseline to understand the region's water capacity.

Tamatha Patterson, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame and Project Manager/GIS analyst will give a visual presentation of this exciting project.

Program is hosted by the Kankakee Valley Historical Society on October 14th, 6:30 pm at the Kouts Library (101 E. Daumer Road). No charge, public invited, light refreshments served. Information or call 219-766-2302.