Co-Sponsors Encourage Participation for Oct. 4-6 Governor's Conference on Ill. River System Management
The Illinois State Water Survey is one of nearly 40 federal,
state, regional and local agencies and groups working together to co-sponsor
the tenth biennial Conference on the Management of the Illinois River
System. Recognized by Illinois Governor
Rod Blagojevich as a "Governor's Conference", it will be held Oct. 4-6 at the
Holiday Inn City Centre in
Registration materials are available from the sponsoring agencies and on the Web at http://www.heartlandwaterresources.com.
With the theme "The Illinois River: Progress & Promise," the conference includes presentations on watershed planning, integrated management, nature-based tourism, stewardship, sediment reuse, wetland restoration and monitoring, as well as exhibits from the various organizations and agencies.
Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton has been invited as the keynote speaker at the noon luncheon on Oct. 5th. Chad Pregracke, internationally-recognized river cleanup organizer, will speak at the closing luncheon on Oct. 6th.
The gathering is designed to bring together concerned citizens, agricultural, conservation and environmental organizations, industry and government representatives, educators and resource management professionals. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, who chairs the Illinois River Coordinating Council, will moderate an evening session on Oct.4th that will be free and open for public discussion following a meeting of the Council.
At the opening session on Oct. 5th, directors of the various state departments and federal agency heads will elaborate on their focus and vision for the Illinois River System.
Concurrent sessions during the conference allow attendees to select topics and speakers of greatest interest to them, while also taking advantage of networking opportunities.
Registration for the three-day conference costs $125, which includes five meals and a reception. Daily rates are $85 for Wednesday and $55 for Thursday. Registrations submitted after Sept. 17 incur a $20 late fee. Participants will receive a CD compilation of the proceedings of the nine previous conferences.
An all-day conservation tour on Oct. 4 costs an additional
$20 and includes a guided motorcoach tour of
river-related sites from
Further information is available through the Heartland Water Resources Council, 416 Main St., #828, Peoria, IL 61602-1116, phone (309) 637-5253; fax (309) 637-5254; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or at http://www.heartlandwaterresources.com .