Natural Solutions Tool
A Watershed Approach

Natural Solutions Tool Overview a project of the Greater Chicago Watershed Alliance

Discover new ways to harness the power of nature to achieve multiple social, environmental, and economic benefits with the Natural Solutions Tool. The tool is a robust parcel prioritization map that anyone can use to explore and collect data about sites within Chicago-area watersheds. The tool’s parcel data is an excellent resource for driving funding of green infrastructure to communities of the greatest need.

The Natural Solutions Tool emerged from a vision for more strategic and collaborative watershed-wide investments in multi-beneficial nature-based solutions set by the Greater Chicago Watershed Alliance, a coalition launched by Friends of the Chicago River in 2020. Tool development was led by The Trust for Public Land with input from Watershed Alliance members and numerous other stakeholders.

Using mapped data to identify the best locations for green infrastructure expansion and improvement, the tool allows users to visualize and collect data at many scales, and reveals potential solutions to address complex environmental challenges.

The Watershed Alliance welcomes everyone to explore and employ this new resource and connect with us for training, technical assistance, and joint-project opportunities.

Modeling Objectives

Greater Chicago Watershed Alliance Partners

Friends of the Chicago River

Visit Friends of the Chicago River’s website to learn more about the work of the Greater Chicago Watershed Alliance and our priorities to mobilize the co-benefits of nature-based solutions.

Trust for Public Land (TPL) – Illinois

In Illinois and across the country, TPL is working with communities and advocates to connect more people in more places to the outdoors. Visit our website to learn more.