URBANA, Ill. - Researchers, agency personnel, and students from across Illinois will come together in October to present the latest research on issues affecting the state’s water resources and systems during the 2014 Illinois Water Conference. Held Oct. 14-15 at the Illini Union at the University of Illinois, the conference will feature sessions on key issues, such as monitoring, climate change, and emerging contaminants.
The biennial conference, hosted by the Illinois Water Resource Center (IWRC), will kick off with a panel discussion on the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, which will be presented to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency later this fall after a public comment period. Representatives from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Department of Agriculture, and the Illinois Farm Bureau will introduce nutrient management practices laid out in the strategy for both point and non-point sources and discuss how they will help improve local water quality and address hypoxic conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to plenary and technical sessions, the conference will include a student poster session where undergraduate and graduate researchers will be available to answer questions and discuss their work one-on-one. Student attendees interested in water resource careers can also attend a career panel on Oct. 15 to learn more about careers in engineering, biology, planning, and public outreach.
Participants are also invited to the Illinois Water Resource Center 50th Anniversary Dinner on Oct. 14. The event celebrates IWRC’s ongoing efforts to overcome water resource challenges through improved research, outreach, and education.
For more information and to register, visit www.isws.illinois.edu/hilites/confinfo/water2014/. An early registration discount is available through Sept. 15. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarship funding. Particular consideration will be given to students presenting posters.
Illinois Water 2014 is sponsored by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, the Illinois Chapter for the American Water Resources Association, the Illinois Farm Bureau, the Illinois State Water Survey, the Illinois State Geological Survey, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Illinois Water Authority Association, the Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering Program at the University of Illinois, and Illinois EPA.