Part of IWRC’s mission is to bring water science to the people of Illinois. We do this through the Illinois Water conference series, hosting speakers, facilitating workshops, and even leading stakeholder meetings for state agencies.
Project Highlights: Illinois Nutrient Reduction Strategy Facilitation
In 2008 the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force, headed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, produced a Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Plan that directed each state in the Mississippi River Watershed to draft a nutrient reduction plan. In spring of 2013, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture started to develop a plan by creating a policy working group that included representatives from government, environmental advocacy groups, municipal and wastewater dischargers, agriculture groups, academia, non-government organizations, and consulting firms. Over the summer IWRC came on board as an impartial third party to facilitate the process. While we help schedule meetings and prepare agendas, our most important role is to make sure that all the stakeholders are heard and have a voice in the strategy development. More information about the nutrient reduction work can be found on the IEPA’s website.