|The 14th Biennial Governor's Conference on the Management of the Illinois River System - Working Locally, Reaching Globally - will address infrastructure needs and beneficial uses of sediment, local community and agricultural actions to protect river resources, watershed history, wildlife habitat, river science and more, offering perspectives on regional and global impacts of the Illinois River system. More than just words - there will be hands-on digital technology demonstrations and four pre-conference opportunities. Mark the dates of October 1-3 at Peoria's Four Points by Sheraton, so register online now at www.conferences.illinois.edu/ilriver or by calling 217-244-7657.
Pre-conference activities on October 1st include: Conservation tour, RiverWatch Symposium, Drought Workshop, and the Illinois River Coordinating Council meeting. The all-day bus tour along the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway includes seven stops and will highlight river front in Havana, Spring Lake in Manito Area, Dickson Mounds, Banner Marsh and Rice Lake. The tour, which includes lunch prepared by local growers, is open to the public; reservations are required and will be taken on a first-come basis.
Later that evening, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will host the Illinois River Coordinating Council meeting which includes an open forum for public questions and comments. Members of the Mississippi and Wabash-Ohio River Coordinating Councils will also be in attendance. Each of the three councils is composed of a diverse group of citizens, not-for-profit organizations, and state and federal agencies. Through a public dialogue, the Councils coordinate initiatives, projects and funding to promote the ecological health of Illinois' rivers.
The conference offers opportunities for attendees to gain new information and network with a variety of resource professionals, scientists and river enthusiasts. Exhibits as well as an interactive digital technologies open house will introduce attendees to resources available online or through various agencies.
Go to www.conferences.illinois.edu/ilriver for more information and registration.