CHAMPAIGN, Ill., 1/7/20: A series of free half-day seminars will be offered across the state this year to commemorate the Illinois State Water Survey’s (ISWS) 125th anniversary. Seminars will highlight critical water, weather, and climate issues of Illinois.
The first seminar of the year will be held in Champaign, Illinois, at the Illini Union, Ballrooms A and B, on Feb. 4. Doors will open at 1 p.m. for a poster session and presentations are from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Topics to be discussed are how climate change will affect Illinois communities, understanding flood risk, long-term sediment trends in Illinois rivers and streams, and the past, present, and future of the Mahomet Aquifer.
The remaining seminars will be held in:
- Springfield at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Building Lakeview Rooms on April 29, 2020, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.,
- Moline at the Western Illinois University Riverfront Hall on July 15, 2020, in the afternoon,
- Chicago at the Cook County Building on Sept. 29, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon, and
- Carbondale, hosted by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale on Nov. 4, 2020, in the afternoon.
See additional details and to RSVP online.
The Illinois State Water Survey began in 1895 when the Illinois legislature earmarked $4,000 for scientists at the University of Illinois to study the state's water supplies.
Since then, the Illinois State Water Survey has been a leader in the study of water resources, weather, and climate. Its scientific research and service programs anticipate and react to practical problems related to the quality, quantity, and use of ground, surface, and atmospheric water resources. Much of the work is facilitated by extensive data collected and analyzed for more than a century.
The ISWS houses the offices of the Illinois State Climatologist and the Illinois State Hydrologist, who provide science-based information to the citizens and stakeholders of Illinois.
A timeline of ISWS’ history is available at https://www.isws.illinois.edu/about/history/.
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