Jeffrey Edstrom

Water Resource SpecialistJeffrey Edstrom

at Illinois Department of Natural Resources
160 N. LaSalle St., Suite S-702
Chicago, IL 60601
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Jeff Edstrom is a Water Resource Specialist at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center where he is detailed to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Program in Chicago. He oversees the Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Program, develops sustainability projects, and supports the Lake Michigan Lakewide Action and Management Plan.

He has over 25 years of experience in water resource management, watershed planning, environmental policy, project management, and regulatory analysis. He began his career at the Council of Great Lakes Governors in 1991, working on workforce development, water resources management, pollution prevention, and recycled product market development, and staffed the development of the Great Lakes Charter Annex, the predecessor agreement that led to the recent Great Lakes Water Resources Compact. He was an environmental consultant where worked on such projects as the Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan, water diversion, environmental impacts of water use and conservation, Area of Concern restoration planning, market based approaches to urban and agricultural stormwater management, and green infrastructure development, among others.

He is a recognized expert in Great Lakes water quantity policy and management, watershed management, sustainability, environmental information, and integrated water conservation and protection strategies. His experience includes developing water resource protection plans, preparing and updating watershed management plans, water quality analysis and planning, developing surveys, document preparation, and developing innovative strategies for environmental protection and restoration. He has given seminars on water quantity and quality issues and has organized and led survey, database development, and analysis projects. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.


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