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Watershed conference connects statewide management efforts    Send a link to a friend

[DEC. 6, 2003]  URBANA -- "Connecting Illinois Watersheds," the first statewide conference on watershed management, will be in Peoria at the Holiday Inn Brandywine on Feb. 5 and 6, 2004.

Organizers of the conference hope to provide an educational setting where watershed planning groups can learn more about watershed management and network with others interested in preserving and improving watershed health. Invited speakers include Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and Joel Brunsvold, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Participants will discuss current and future watershed issues such as total maximum daily load, phase II storm water, pollutant trading and geographic information systems technology. They will also learn how to access watershed management tools online, develop funding sources through grant writing and motivate volunteers.


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Registration for the conference is $25. Registration forms are available through local Extension offices. For additional information online, go to www.watershed.uiuc.edu.

The conference is sponsored by 16 agencies, including the University of Illinois Extension, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

[University of Illinois news release]


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