June 13, 2015
On Saturday, June 13, Michael Baker International pitched an outreach family-friendly Open Tent at the Aurora Greenfest community festival. Families learned about how development can increase surface water runoff and the importance of protecting our watershed wildlife. Tree saplings (Sugar Maples and Hazelnuts) were raffled out to folks who correctly answered questions about rain and runoff.
The Michael Baker International Open Tent celebrated the efforts of many government agencies who seek to protect the public from the adverse effects of large storms. The exhibits educated children about the natural beauty of water-dwelling creatures.
Tent posters focused on Federal agencies such as NOAA (radiosondes), Illinois DNR (Chicago office is removing dams), FEMA (floodplain mapping) and the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management -IAFSM (Urban Flood Awareness Act). Michael Baker plays in integral role in assisting these agencies to complete complicated and useful surface water projects.
The Chicago Surface Water team held an outreach event designed to teach families about how runoff is affected by increased impervious area and how to protect our watershed wildlife. By creating fun and educational exhibits such as a Lego water-table and a water-blaster, kids were able to have fun while they learned about biology, meteorology and hydrology.
This event promotes Michael Baker's ongoing Federal and State surface water projects and got children interested in the natural sciences.