Project Description

Client: The Conservation Foundation, Inc.
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Location: Naperville, IL
Website Type: CMS WordPress
Industry: EPA, Government Agency, Conservation, Foundation Website, Science & Data
Date Completed: November, 2017
Designer: Andrew Ragas

Website Features: Mobile friendly and responsive web browsing; SEO priority on every page; Dynamic full-screen layout; High-resolution stock photography and imagery; E-mail contact forms; Google maps; Informational pages and web content; Custom design catering to branding & marketing campaigns; Content management system; Custom graphics and CSS stylesheets; Informational pages; Image Galleries; Maps and Data.

Learn About the Client

Our mission is to bring together a diverse coalition of stakeholders to work together to preserve and enhance water quality and stream resource quality in the Lower Des Plaines River and its tributaries.

Stakeholders quickly determined that a comprehensive monitoring program throughout the Lower Des Plaines Watershed would not help only establish baseline conditions, but also, with regression analysis, identify which pollutants have the biggest impact on aquatic communities.

Our first step to improving surface waters includes identifying a specific, desired environmental outcome and a plan for how to achieve it. The LDWG is focused on improving aquatic life scores and is forming a monitoring program to gather that data that will be used to identify the most proximate stressors.

The Challenges

The Conservation Foundation has been a customer of mine for over 10 years. We have partnered together on several website-based projects, collaborations which includes artwork, graphic design, photography for data presentations, and website design for many of their media and web properties that are used as informational and data sources for the various watersheds and non-profits they manage and coordinate throughout Northern Illinois.

In summer 2017, I was contacted to design a website for a newly formed conservation group, the Lower DesPlaines Watershed Group. This new website would serve as an informational based website pertaining to the Des Plaines River watershed and ecosystem in Northeastern Illinois. The watershed group works on ecological and water quality restoration projects on the Des Plaines River; with other conservation groups, as well as the government and Illinois EPA.

The group requested an informational and imagery based WordPress website that focuses on broadcasting monthly events such as programs and meetings, and to be used as an information source for all of its civic and individual memberships. The WordPress theme we designed with addresses all needs and requirements, and is very responsive on all screen devices. The WordPress CMS allows the group to edit and maintain their website weekly, and to broadcast news and events in real-time to their members and web visitors.

The group supplied all contents, logo design, some photography, and the WordPress theme layout of choice. The design, and some photography, was furnished by us. Website design was completed in early November, 2017.