Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Governor’s Conference on the Management of the Illinois River System

The Biennial Governor’s Conference on the Management of the Illinois River System is occurring this October 1-3, 2013 in Peoria, IL at Four Points by Sheraton. The planners have sent us these exciting details to help us entice you to join us there:

On October 1, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will host the Illinois River Coordinating Council meeting which includes an open forum for public questions and comments.  Members of the Mississippi and Wabash-Ohio River Coordinating Councils will also be in attendance. Through a public dialogue, the Councils coordinate initiatives, projects, and funding to promote the ecological health of Illinois’ rivers.

Featured keynote conference speakers include Michael Reuter, The Nature Conservancy; James Baumgartner, Caterpillar, Inc.; Mike Doherty, Illinois Farm Bureau; Wendell Shauman, Shauman Farm; Dave Wethington, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Ryan Burchett, Mississippi River Distilling Company. Speakers will touch on various topics addressing industry and conservation, Illinois in the global economy, the Great lakes & Mississippi River Interbasin Study, and working locally with river resources.

Concurrent sessions will address infrastructure needs and beneficial uses of sediment, local community and agricultural actions to protect river resources, watershed history, wildlife habitat, river science and more, offering perspectives on regional, national, and global impacts of the River system. These sessions are designed to present advancements in agricultural and environmental technologies; improve understanding of economic and societal benefits of healthy ecosystems; and recognize activities across Illinois through local community actions to restore the health of this globally important watershed.

To top things off, the Illinois Water Resources Center will not only be staffing an exhibit so you can stop by and talk water (perhaps collect our autographs), but we are also hosting a workshop to discuss the 2012 Drought. We’ll delve into the workshop more in weeks to come, but in the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the conference, or register, you can check out the event website here. Registration prices go up September 12, so make your plans soon. And remember, the conference is open to everyone and has plans for all interest levels, including conservation tours and a guided bus trip.