Roll up your sleeves
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015 | 9:00 AM–12:30 PM*
Infiltrate the green infrastructure movement within the greater Peoria area. This charter bus tour stops at a variety of locations to let you investigate public and private urban stormwater management efforts with those doing the work.
Fellowship of the Stream
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015 | 9:00 AM–1:00 (3:30) PM*
Join the quest to protect Illinois water resources through education and outreach. This fellowship provides an overview of citizen science and river education, as well as opportunities for involvement and curricula available across Illinois. See demonstrations of activities from programs like Project WET and Our Mississippi and take advantage of an exhibit session and breaks to connect with new and old colleagues. Enhance your experience with a visit to the Peoria Riverfront Museum (additional $10) or by recharging at the Watershed Partners Café.
Achieve Your Watershed Objective: Plan, Plan, (then work your) Plan!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015 | 9:00 AM–1:00 PM*
Very few water quality or quantity issues can be solved with a single action. Most issues require many partners taking many steps over many years. This panel discussion uses real-world examples to help you develop effective watershed plans. A unique collection of representatives from state and federal agencies will also share tips for implementing and measuring the success of a plan. PLAN to attend!
Implementing the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015 | 1:30 PM–4:30 PM
Illinois will be finalizing a strategy to improve water quality at home and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in local waterways. The strategy builds on the successes of past nutrient management efforts with a comprehensive suite of best management practices for point and non-point sources. During this session, panelists will discuss implementation progress and future strategies to reach long-term nutrient loss reduction goals.
Watershed Partners Café
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015 | 1:30–3:30 PM
The Watershed Partners Café explores challenges and opportunities associated with the restoration of the Illinois River system. Facilitated by the Middle Illinois River Collaborative Action Partnership, the session allows individuals and organizations to exchange information on related projects and initiatives while identifying conservation opportunities for alignment and support.
Quarterly Meeting of the River Coordinating Councils
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015 | 6:00–8:00 PM
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti invites members of the public to attend the 4th quarter meeting of the River Coordinating Councils. This meeting will be a joint meeting between the Illinois River, Mississippi River, and Wabash and Ohio Rivers Coordinating Councils.
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti chairs three River Coordinating Councils charged with the mission of reviewing state and federal programs that impact the watersheds and working with local communities to raise awareness of and address watershed issues. The River Coordinating Councils meet quarterly around the state to engage the public and encourage partnerships.
* Includes lunch