The Team

The RORG team is comprised of University of Illinois Extension/Illinois Indiana Sea Grant staff within the College of ACES. The multidisciplinary team works on a range of water quality projects that include the RORG renovation.

Eliana Brown

RORG Director/Project Principal Investigator

Water Quality Specialist

Water Quality Specialist Eliana Brown’s areas of expertise include green infrastructure and stormwater and wastewater programs. She leads Extension’s role facilitating the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and is a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) instructor at Parkland College. Her education includes a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She began her University of Illinois career working for Facilities & Services Environmental Compliance as the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) coordinator co-founding events such as Boneyard Creek Community Day. Prior to that, she was an Illinois EPA Field Engineer. Her accreditations include LEED AP, NGICP, CPESC (2014), and certified Master Gardener. She sits on several committees, such as the university’s Land and Water SWATeam and is the Champaign County Conservation and Design Foundation Board Vice-President for Communications.

Layne Knoche

RORG Landscape Designer

Visiting Extension Outreach Associate

Layne Knoche has a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois. In landscape design, he is most interested in conservation, preservation, and restoration of large and small-scale environmental systems and the integration of social, aesthetic, and educational aspects in those natural and built environments. Layne is also a certified Master Gardener.

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