October 5, 2015

Local, state, and federal agency personnel, researchers and community and non-profit representatives will come together Oct. 27-29, 2015 for the 15th Biennial Governor’s Conference on the Management of the Illinois River System. Held at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette in Peoria, Illinois, the event will feature pre-conference workshops, a watershed tour, presentations and exhibits that highlight how partnerships have and will continue to enhance the environmental and economic health of this vital watershed.

Pre-conference activities on Oct. 27 include a green infrastructure tour, demonstrations of citizen science programs, panel and group discussions that will help participants develop and implement successful watershed management plans and presentations on the newly-released Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.

Later that evening, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti will host a quarterly meeting of the River Coordinating Councils, which includes an open forum for public questions and comments.

The conference will feature numerous plenary and keynote speakers, including Harald Jordahl from America’s Watershed Initiative, Harriet Festing from the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Hank DeHaan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and author Paddy Woodworth. These and other high-profile speakers will discuss some of the largest issues facing the Illinois River system—from flooding to agricultural conservation to gaining community buy-in on restoration projects.

Two days of concurrent sessions will also present advancements in stormwater management, discuss new and tested methods for limiting the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species and highlight the successes of conservation and data collection programs underway throughout the Illinois River watershed.

Biennial Illinois River Conference to highlight past, future impact of partnerships