Who we are

These centers, which collectively form the National Institutes for Water Resources were created by the Water Resources Act of 1964 and are funded by the U.S. Geological Survey

The Team

We can help you make it work.

What we do?

As a part of University of Illinois Extension, the Illinois Water Resources Center works with scientists, water professionals, and communities to address the state’s water resource challenges. Every year, we award roughly $40,000 to university-based researchers throughout the state and help scientists working on regional issues secure funding through the National Competitive Grants Program.

Our outreach specialists partner with government agencies, universities, and communities to educate professionals and the public on key water resource issues, including private well care, water and wastewater treatment, nutrient management, and emerging contaminants. Through research conferences and memberships with the National Institutes of Water Resources, the Illinois Water Resources Center also helps researchers and students connect with others working on water resource issues.

Yu-Feng Lin


Dr. Yu-Feng Forrest Lin is a Principal Research Hydrogeologist at the, Prairie Research Institute, a Clinical Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Research Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the Director of Illinois Water Resource Center. He received his B.S. in water resources and environmental engineering from Tamkang University in Taiwan (1993), M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Connecticut (1996), and Ph.D. in geological engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (2002). Lin has devoted his efforts to serving professional communities. He is presently the Executive Editor for Groundwater, published by the National Ground Water Association

Maryam Ghadiri

research scientist

Dr. Ghadiri is a research scientist in the Illinois Water Resources Center. Her research is primarily focused on the impact of surface and subsurface hydrology on agriculture and urban applications, such as Food-Energy-Water nexus and urban resilience under climate change. Her research interests include: (1) Groundwater/surface water interaction, (2) Geothermal exchange and renewable energy, and (3) Fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing (FO-DTS) applications in water-food-energy nexus. For the Outreach program in IWRC, since the scientific research requires a diverse set of skills and knowledge, Dr. Ghadiri will try to establish connections between IWRC and other research centers/universities to improve research collaboration, research networking and research partnership by attending different conferences and workshops.

Amy Weckle

program manager

Amy Weckle has a B.S. in microbiology and joined IWRC as Program Manager in July 2018. As such, she coordinates IWRC activities, including managing information transfer activities and coordinating state and national research programs, proposal development, reporting, and external relations, as assigned by the Director.

Corrie Layfield

Research Specialist

Corrie joined IWRC in 2012 and since then has done a little bit of everything, from running the annual small grants program to helping pilot IWRC’s facilitation of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. She holds a M.S. in aquatic ecology from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Geography and Environmental Systems from UBMC. Prior to joining IWRC, she worked in environmental education and as an ORISE Intern at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta, GA.