Researchers, agency personnel, and students from across Illinois are invited to come together this fall to present the latest research on issues affecting the state’s water resources and systems during the 2016 Illinois Water Conference. Held October 25-27 at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, the conference will feature sessions on key issues such as nutrient loss reduction, water supply planning, and aquatic invasive species.
The biennial conference, hosted by University of Illinois Extension’s Illinois Water Resources Center and sponsored by IISG and the U.S. Geological Survey Illinois Water Science Center, kicks off with a panel discussion on large-scale monitoring programs in the state. Representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and National Center for Supercomputing Applications will discuss current programs and future goals for using data to effectively manage Illinois’ water resources.
In addition to plenary and technical sessions, the conference includes a student poster session where undergraduate and graduate researchers will be available to answer questions and discuss their work one-on-one.
Participants are also invited to visit the University of Illinois’ Woody Perennial Polyculture Research Site or Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory or join a walking tour of stormwater practices at Boneyard Creek and the Bardeen Quad. Registration for these Thursday afternoon tours is required and additional costs may apply.
For more information and to register, visit ilwaterconference.org. An early registration discount is available through September 30. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarship funding. Particular consideration will be given to students presenting posters.
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a part of University of Illinois Extension and Purdue University Extension.