Education & Presentations

At ILM, our field expertise and experience gives us a deeper understanding of environmental challenges and solutions.

For your next conference, meeting or training session, book an environmental speaker with the benefit of experience and expertise.

Whether you simply want to bring awareness to our current environmental issues, wish to introduce a new sustainable approach, or seek to explain complex environmental problems to your team in an informative and educational session, our motivational environmental speakers will engage your audience and help initiate your desired call to action.

Below are some options to consider, or we can tailor a presentation to meet your specific needs.

Lake & Pond Management

Aquatic Plant and Algae Control Options in Man-Made Ponds

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Most ponds are collection points for sediment and nutrients leading to conditions that increasingly support nuisance aquatic plant and/or algae growth. Decomposing yard waste, fertilizers, erosion, and animal waste (goose droppings) accelerate the degradation of water bodies. There are hundreds of species of algae and new aquatic invaders to be aware of. Proactive and reactive approaches to their control will be reviewed. The causes of unwanted vegetative growth as well as the pros and cons of logical options to prevent or control its growth will be reviewed in non-scientific terms.

Integrated Approaches to Lake Management
(aka Forget the Silver Bullet!)

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Most lakes are collection points for sediment and nutrients leading to conditions that increasingly support nuisance aquatic plant and/or algae growth. Decomposing yard waste, fertilizers, erosion, and animal waste (goose droppings) accelerate the degradation of water bodies. There are hundreds of species of algae and new aquatic invaders to be aware of. Proactive and reactive approaches to their control will be reviewed, working with the underlying understanding that no single solution can typically solve your lake issues.  The information presented will help even the novice lake manager understand their options and how to achieve their lake management goals.

What is the Real Story Behind Phosphorus?

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If you are new to lake management or have been doing it for a long time, you know that the element Phosphorus is typically the driving factor of excessive algae growth. But exactly what is Phosphorus and what do you need to know about it to make informed lake management decisions?  The sources(s) of Phosphorus and where it lives and how it cycles in your lake are important factors to consider when deciding how to control it.  Get the lowdown so that you are well-prepared for the 2023 lake management season.

D.A.S.H. – Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting for Invasive Aquatic Plant Removal

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Managing invasive aquatic plants is not a new challenge for lake managers but interest in chemical-free removal methods is on the rise.  Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting, called D.A.S.H., is a chemical-free method of removing invasive plants and algae by the roots, providing long-lasting results. This presentation will focus on how DASH works, with a special emphasis on a proprietary process that contains the reproductive bulbils produced by the relatively new invader Starry Stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) thus preventing further spread of the species.

Advancements in Water Feature Management
 

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Do you have a lake or pond on your site that requires constant attention?  Do you ever wonder if there is an easier or more eco-friendly way to go about managing it?  This session will explore some of the new technologies that claim to minimize reliance on chemical herbicides or eliminate their use altogether to maintain aesthetics.  We will explore the effectiveness of remote early algae detectors that allow for the treatment of algae as soon as it forms, therefore requiring fewer chemicals; sonic algae killing devices that use ultrasound technology to control algae without chemicals at all; and nutrient deactivators that serve as a proactive means of removing the Phosphorus in the water that feeds algae and many nuisance aquatic plants.  Time for discussion about your site-specific issues will be made available at the end of the session so be sure to bring your questions!

Stream & Shoreline Restoration

The Space Between – Shoreline Buffers
 

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When managing lakes or ponds, special attention needs to be given to space along the periphery of the shoreline.  Called shoreline buffers, these vegetated areas can look beautiful while also providing important ecosystem services like soil stabilization and water filtration. We will discuss the benefits of using native plants compared to rock armoring, or rip rap, and explore site-specific native plant selections that will leave you with a breathtaking shoreline buffer.

Naperville Park District Stream Restoration Case Study

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Naperville Park District manages more than 2,400 acres of park land, which includes both natural areas and landscaped areas. As part of its commitment to caring for the environment, the Park District works to restore the health and diversity of natural areas, including woodlands, park meadows, shorelines, ponds and streams, and prairies. In the summer of 2023, the Park District embarked on restoring 2,200 linear feet of highly eroded stream bank that originates at Stanford Meadows Park and ultimately feeds into a residential detention basin.  We will explore the unexpected challenges and techniques used to restore this stream that runs through a suburban neighborhood.

Dredging

Ponds:  When is Dredging Necessary, and What Are the Options?

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Whether managing a small retention pond or a large natural lake, decades of sediment accumulation eventually dictate the need for dredging. We will discuss how to know when it’s time to dredge and then consider the different methods available for removing sediment from your waterbody. Innovative options for reusing the dredge material onsite to keep down costs will be explored.

The Reuse of Dredge Material – Options to Consider for Keeping Sediment Removal Costs Down

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At some point in your lake’s life cycle, sediment will accumulate to the point that dredging makes sense.   The costs for hauling and accepting dredged material are often fluid and can be a significant portion of a dredging project.  Learn about several innovative options for reusing the material to lower costs and benefit both the lake and the land.

Stormwater

Green Infrastructure Maintenance Using Amphibious Equipment: Innovative Solutions in a Changing Climate

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Green infrastructure BMPs have evolved into the preferred strategies for stormwater storage and conveyance by local, regional, and federal agencies.  NPDES and MS4 permit requirements favor the conveyance of stormwater in open vegetated channels and highly favor the preservation of the natural features, like wetlands, of development sites.  These same permits require that municipalities ensure adequate and long-term maintenance of green infrastructure BMPs.  In Illinois, frozen ground in winter once provided the optimal opportunity to bring heavy equipment out into a wetland to conduct vegetated channel maintenance.    With warmer winters and the absence of freezing conditions, municipalities and contractors have had to think differently about how to get this work done. 

 ILM has invested in a diverse fleet of amphibious equipment to be able to restore vegetated channel conveyance through wetlands without needing frozen ground.  Even better, their methods have saved their clients up to 60% compared to traditional methods! Case studies of three municipalities in NE Illinois will show how the use of amphibious equipment is a win-win for municipalities, their constituents, and nature!

Schedule an ILM Keynote or Presentation

Why Choose Us for Keynotes and Presentations?

Expertise: Our seasoned professionals bring a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience to each presentation. 

Engagement: We believe in making complex environmental topics and solutions accessible to all. Our presentations are crafted to engage diverse audiences, from Park Districts and Property managers to HoAs and environmental groups.

Passion for Education: Beyond delivering information, we are passionate about fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for environmental solutions. 

Whether you seek a keynote speaker or a detailed presentation, let us share our knowledge and experience with your group.

Are you interested in having ILM Environments speak at your conference, board meeting, or corporate event?  In addition to the topics and presentations listed above, we can tailor a presentation to meet your specific needs.

For more information or to schedule a keynote or presentation, please contact:

Lisa Woolford
Director of Business Development
815.581.0714
lwoolford@ilmenvironments.com