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GLIN==> Illinos Water 2008, October 8-9

Illinois Water 2008
October 8-9, 2008

Hilton Garden Inn
Champaign, Illinois



The Illinois Water Resources Center (IWRC) and members of the planning committee invite you to join us for the 10th anniversary Illinois Water Conference, October 8-9 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. Started in 1998, this biennial conference brings together agency personnel, scientists, educators, and community members for a two day discussion of the latest scientific advancements on topics of importance to water resources across the state.

For our 10th anniversary, former IWRC director and designer of this conference, Dr. Richard Sparks, will be giving a keynote address on Illinois water’s past, present and future. Now the Research Director for the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Dr. Sparks has been actively involved in the Illinois water community for over 30 years. Much of his work deals with aquatic biology and invasive species, but he has also become an ambassador for water resources around the world. Recent trips to Brazil and China have allowed Dr. Sparks to share success stories and encourage conservation of water resources internationally.


Plenary sessions topics will include:

·         Understanding the Water Resources Development Act

·         Water supply

·         Nutrients

·         Water and energy/biofuels

·         Climate change


Papers will be presented on:

·         Environmental measurement

·         Groundwater research

·         Hydrology/hydraulics

·         Watershed planning

·         Technology updates

·         Water Quality

·         Watershed-scale science


Students are encouraged to attend this conference. Conference sponsors have graciously offered scholarships to cover the conference registration fee for student from Illinois colleges and universities. On October 8th, a panel discussion for students interested in pursuing careers in water resources help define opportunities and obstacles. Students will also present posters and papers during the conference sessions.


For more information and a full agenda, visit http://www.iisgcp.org/ilwater/.