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IRCC Organizational Resources 

 

Below is a list of local, state, federal, and non-profit organizations that are working in the Illinois River. For quick search, please use your browser's search function to find the name of the group you are looking for, or use the categories below.

I. Advocate Groups
II. Agriculture / Rural Affairs
III. Conservation and Restoration
IV. Economic Development
V. Education
VI. Emergency Management
VII. Environmental Protection
State/Federal Agencies
Non-Governmental
VIII. Fish and Wildlife
State/Federal Agencies
Non-Governmental
IX. Fish and Wildlife Refuges / Nature Centers
X. Funding Sources / Grants
XI. Tourist, Historic and Cultural Sites
XII. Hydrology
XIII. Legal / Environmental Advocacy
XIV. Recreation and Hunting
  State/Federal Agencies
  Non-Governmental
XV. Science and Research
XVI. Soil and Water Conservation Districts along the Illinois
XVII. Transportation
XVIII. Water Management and Wastewater Treatment
XIX.    River and Watershed Entities





































I.  Advocacy Groups

1. Illinois Environmental Council

The Illinois Environmental Council works at both the state capitol and the United States Capitol to promote positive changes in environmental laws and policies. Currently, around 50 organizations and 100 individuals from throughout Illinois are members of the Illinois Environmental Council. The council also publishes a legislative briefing book annually that defines the environmental agenda for the year to follow.

Address:
Illinois Environmental Council
230 Broadway, Suite 150
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217-544-5954
Fax: 217-544-5958
Email: iec@ilenviro.org

2. Inland Rivers, Ports, and Terminals

Inland Rivers, Ports, and Terminals is an advocacy group, an economic development organization, and a networking opportunity for professionals working along the river. Its goals are to promote the growth of the inland river ports, terminals, and intermodal centers which promote commerce and economic development. It also hopes to foster cooperation among groups with similar interests along the waterways. Inland Rivers, Ports, and Terminals educates both lawmakers and the public on the importance of the rivers. The organization meets for an annual conference in the spring and a mid-year meeting in the fall, and many of the basin groups hold meetings of their own throughout the year.

Address:
Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, Inc.
316 Board of Trade Place
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-585-0715
Fax: 504-525-8197
Email: admin@irpt.net

3. National Waterways Conference

It is the purpose of the National Waterways Conference, Inc., to promote a better understanding of the public value of the American waterways system and to document the importance of far-sighted navigation and water resources policies to a sound economy, industrial and agricultural productivity, regional development, environmental quality, energy conservation, international trade, defense preparedness and the overall national interest.

Address:
National Waterways Conference
1100 N. Glebe road, Suite 1010
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-224-8007

4. The Northeast Midwest Institute (NMI)

The NMI is a non-profit organization. The Institute provides policy guidance and consultation to the two bi-partisan Northeast-Midwest Coalitions within the United States Senate and House of Representatives. These two coalitions and the Institute itself deal with the 18 Northeastern and Midwestern states of: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The mission of the Institute is “to protect the environment, enhance the economy, and ensure regional equity for the member states.”

Address:
Allegra Cangelosi, President
Northeast-Midwest Institute
50 F Street, N.W., Suite 950
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: 202-464-4014
Fax: 202-544-0043
E-mail: info@nemw.org

5. Waterways Council, Inc.

The Waterways Council is an advocate organization that works to fund and maintain a system of waterways and ports. Its mission is to “advocate for optimal federal funding for the planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of the nation’s ports and inland waterways in a prioritized way, in order to realize the benefits of waterborne commerce.”

Address:
801 North Quincy St, Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: 703-373-2261


II.  Agriculture / Rural Affairs

State/Federal Agencies:

6. Illinois Department of Agriculture – (ILDA)

“The Illinois Department of Agriculture's vision is to promote and regulate agriculture in a manner which encourages farming and agribusiness while protecting Illinois' consumers and our natural resources.”

Acting Director: Robert F. Flider

Address:
State of Illinois Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 19281, State Fairgrounds
Springfield, IL 62794-9281
Phone: (217) 782-2172

7. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Farm Service Agency

Stabilizing farm income, helping farmers conserve land and water resources, providing credit to new or disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and helping farm operations recover from the effects of disaster are the missions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA).

State Executive Director: Sherrie V. Giamanco

Address:
USDA-Illinois State Farm Service Agency
3500 Wabash Ave.
Springfield, Illinois 62711-8287
Phone: (217)241-6600 Ext. 2

8. USDA – Rural Development

Our financial programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. USDA Rural Development works to improve the economy and quality of life in rural areas. We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks , credit unions and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. We provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs.

State Director: Colleen Callahan

Address:
2118 West Park Court, Suite A
Champaign, IL  61821
Phone: 217-403-6200

Non-Governmental:

9. Angelic Organics

Angelic Organics Learning Center helps urban and rural people build local food systems. We offer opportunities to grow healthy food and a better quality of life, connect with farmers and the land, and learn agricultural and leadership skills. We reach more than 4,000 people each year through our programs at partner farms and urban growing sites in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Address:
Angelic Organics Learning Center
1547 Rockton Rd
Caledonia IL, 61011
Phone: 815-389-8455

10. Fishers and Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin

The Fishers and Farmers Partnership is a combination of agricultural and conservation organizations, tribal organizations, and state and federal agencies who work to support local projects that benefit farmland, habitat, and fish populations. The Partnership hopes to connect landowners to conservationists and scientists in order to support common goals and the best possible use of resources.

Contact:
Heidi Keuler

Address:
Heidi Keuler, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
La Crosse Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office
555 Lester Ave.
Onalaska, Wi 54650
Phone: 608-783-8417
Fax: 608-783-8450
Email: heidi_keuler@fws.gov

11. American Forage and Grass Council

The American Forage and Grass Council promotes environmentally friendly forage agriculture. Forage is food provided to grazing livestock, such as cattle. AFGC promotes the practice of maintaining grasslands for livestock, which allows for a healthy natural habitat, while still benefiting the agriculture industry.
It helps local and state government to conduct programs that promote forage and grassland agriculture, plans an annual conference for forage and industry leaders to meet and discuss practices, and publishes information on forage agriculture. AFGC is an international organization with affiliated councils throughout the United States and Canada.

Address:
PO Box 867
Berea, KY 40403
Phone: 1-800-944-2342
Email: tina.bowling@afgc.org

12. Illinois Forage and Grass Council

The Illinois Forage and Grass Council is a chapter of the AFGC. According to their mission statement, the IFGC hopes  to unite industry, producers, educational and government institutions for the production, marketing, and wise use of forages and grasslands.

Address:
PO Box 233
Greenville, IL 62246
Phone: 618-644-3590 x3
Fax: 618-644-3958
Email: webmaster@illinoisforage.org

13. Grain and Feed Association of Illinois

The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois is a statewide train organization that is affiliated with the National Grain and Feed Organization and the American Feed Industry Association. The organization consists of grain elevator owners, feed dealers and manufacturers, grain brokers, truckers, and processors. Members also consist of numerous other individuals who are allied with the grain and feed industry. The organization focuses on education, information, and government relations. A large initiative for the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois is the Safety Health Environmental Services Program which addresses safety, education, and training. A topic of this program is barge loading safety, which deals with transportation along the major rivers of Illinois.

Address:
Grain and Feed Association of IL
3521 Hollis Drive
Springfield, IL 62711
Phone: 217-787-2417
Fax: 217-787-8671
Safety Health Environmental Services Program Contact:
John Lee, Director
Email: jlee@gfai.org

14. Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI)

The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) was founded to provide high quality technical assistance on privately owned grazing lands on a voluntary basis and to increase the awareness of the importance of grazing land resources. Established in 1991, GLCI is carried out through coalitions of individuals and organizations functioning at the local, state, regional and national levels. GLCI is a USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service program.

National Contact:
Kimberli Stine

Address:
USDA NRCS
501 W. Felix St, Bldg. 23
Fort Worth, TX 76115
Phone:  817-509-3318
Fax: 817-509-3336
Email: kimberli.stine@ftw.usda.gov

15. Illinois Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative

The Illinois Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (ILGLCI) is a voluntary and cooperative effort to promote and enhance the wise use and management of privately-owned grazing lands in the State of Illinois through increasing the amount and availability of information, education and technical assistance. ILGLCI has sponsored many grazing and forage events, conferences and four Illinois grazing groups: the Kankakee County Graziers, Western Illinois Graziers, Heartland Graziers, and the Northwest Illinois Grazing Workgroup. These grazing groups put on and conduct grazing programs and pasture walks in cooperation with GLCI and University of Illinois Extension.

NRCS Illinois Grass Land Contacts:

        Matt Bunger, Grass Land Specialist

        Address:
        402 North Kays Drive
        Normal, Illinois 61761
        309-452-0830
        E-Mail: matt.bunger@il.usda.gov

        Roger Staff, Grass Land Specialist

        Address:
        1111 East Harris Ave.
        Greenville, Illinois 62246
        E-Mail: roger.staff@il.usda.gov

16. Illinois Farm Bureau

Today, IFB's mission is to improve the economic well-being of agriculture and enrich the quality of farm family life. The organization's leadership works to achieve these goals through a strategic plan that calls for seven key results areas:
    • Operating the farm successfully
    • Service to members
    • Government and politics
    • Education and information
    • Involvement
    • Professional development
    • Operating IFB® professionally

Illinois Farm Bureau®:
    • Tells the farmer's story to the public.
    • Updates members on new technology and information that impacts agriculture.
    • Represents farmers in local, state, and national legislative & political activities.
    • Provides marketing and education services to help IFB members improve their net farm income.

Address:
Illinois Farm Bureau State Office
1701 North Towanda Avenue
Bloomington, Illinois 61701.
Phone: (309) 557-2111
Fax: (309) 557-2641
A link to contact information for all county Farm Bureaus can be found on the IFB website.

17. Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA)

The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) builds the capacity of community leaders and policymakers by providing technical support, applied research, policy evaluation, and training across the state. IIRA is a clearinghouse for information on rural issues, coordinates rural research, and works with state agencies on issues of importance to rural communities.

Address:
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Western Illinois University
518 Stipes Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-298-2237
E-mail: iira@wiu.edu

18. Illinois Soybean Association

The Illinois Soybean Association is a statewide organization that serves soybean farmers. It is a combination of two groups: The Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board, which promotes education and funds research, and the Illinois Soybean Association, which advocates for legislation that benefits soybean farmers.

Address:
Illinois Soybean Association
1605 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, Illinois 61704
Phone: 309-663-7692
Fax: 309-663-6981

19. The Land Connection

The Land Connection is an educational nonprofit organization that works to educate farmers and the public on the importance of farmland, local food production, and the consumption of locally produced foods. The Land Connection actively conserves farmlands, connects farmers to available farmland, and finds investors that will work with farmers to support the use of sustainable practices. The Land Connection also serves to train farmers by assisting anyone wishing to launch a new farming enterprise.

Address:
The Land Connection
PO Box 3332
Bloomington, IL 61702
Phone: 217-840-2128

20. Midwest Farm Connection

Midwest Farm Connection is a project run by The Land Connection. Midwest Farm Connection links beginning farmers with available land resources from retiring farmers and farmland owners. Midwest Farm Connection also provides information on available internships, job and volunteer opportunities, and available equipment for farmers.

Address:
Midwest Farm Connection
1123 County Road 2300 E
Sidney, IL 61877
Phone: 217-688-2570
Fax: 217-688-2086
Email: info@midwestfarmconnection.org


III.  Conservation and Restoration

State and Federal Agencies:

21. Ecosystem Partnerships

Ecosystem partnerships were created and funded through Conservation 2000 (C2000), a program funded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to monitor, manage and restore watersheds. Funding has ended for C2000, but ecosystem partnerships still exist and function throughout the state. These groups work within their watershed areas to develop management plans and address important issues in their area.
 
        Big Rivers Ecosystem Partnership
        Address:
        Alley Ringhausen, Chair
        Piasa Creek Watershed Project
        PO Box 821
        Alton, IL 62002
        Phone: 618-467-2265
        Email: pcwp@huges.net
        
        LaMoine River Ecosystem Partnership
        Address:
        Martha Sheppard
        La Moine River Ecosystem Partnership
        c/o Two Rivers RC&D
        1256 C West Washington
        PO Box 87
        Pittsfield, IL 62363
        Phone: 217-285-4114
        Email: martha.sheppard@il.usda.gov

        Lower Sangamon Valley Ecosystem Partnership
        Address: 
        Marilyn Kelton, Chair
        Menard County SWCD
        9521-2 W RR 3, Box 16
        Petersburg, IL 62675
        Phone: 217-632-7590 x3
        Email: Marilyn.Kenton@il.nacdnet.net

        Illinois River Bluffs Ecosystem Partnership
        Address: 
        Kevin Williams, Chair
        24309 Williamson Lane
        Canton, IL 61520
        Phone: 309-647-7433
        Email: khcjwilliams@earthlink.net

        Mackinaw River Ecosystem Partnership
        Address: 
        Michael Brown, Chair
        Michael Brown
        Ecology Action Center
        202 W College Ave
        Normal, IL 61761
        Phone: 309-454-3169
        Email: mbrown@ecologyactioncenter.org

        Vermilion Watershed Task Force
        Address:
        Tom Haner, Chair
        Illinois Central College
        One College Drive
        East Peoria, IL 61635
        Phone: 309-694-5373
        Email: thaner@icc.edu

22. Illinois Conservation Foundation

The Illinois Conservation Foundation was established by law in 1994. It has a 13-member Board of Directors which is appointed by the Governor and four members of the Illinois Congress. That board is chaired by the Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Illinois Conservation Foundation works, “to preserve and enhance our precious natural resources by supporting and fostering ecological, educational, and recreational programs.” Since 1994, it has raised over 30 million dollars for natural resources conservation and education.

Address:
Mark Spangler, Executive Director
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: 217-785-2003
Fax: 217-785-8405

23. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources is charged with the protection of the resources of the state. IDNR helps to manage natural lands and habitats, provide recreational resources, and provide access to state parks and resources. IDNR is also charged with educating the public about natural resources within the state in order to promote conservation and restoration.

        Address:
        Springfield
        One Natural Resources Way
        Springfield, IL 62702-1271
        Phone: 217-782-6302 
        Region I Office - Northwestern Illinois

        Address: 
        2317 E. Lincolnway
        Suite A
        Sterling, IL 61081
        Phone: 815-625-2968 
        Region II Office – Northeastern Illinois

        Address: 
        2050 West Stearns Road
        Bartlett, IL 60103
        Phone: 847-608-3100
        Region IV Office - West Central Illinois

        Address: 
        4521 Alton Commerce Pkwy.
        Alton, IL 62002
        Phone: 618-462-1181 
        Website for Program Offices

24. The National Park Service: Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program – Midwest Region

The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects.

Address:
Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program,
National Park Service
25 E. Washington, Suite 1650
Chicago, IL
60602
Phone: 312-863-6287
Fax: 312-862-6251
Email: diane_banta@nps.gov

Projects in the State of Illinois
Projects in the State of Missouri
Projects in the State of Iowa

25. USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.

Address:
2118 W. Park Court
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-353-6600

Non-Governmental:

26. American Rivers

American Rivers, which was founded in 1973, works to protect and restore rivers and streams in the United States. American Rivers releases an annual report, America’s Most Endangered Rivers, which highlights the rivers that are struggling and their issues. The organization also has worked to protect and restore over 150,000 miles of rivers through their projects and advocacy efforts. American Rivers focuses on five major areas: global warming, restoration, protection, clean water, and water supply.

        Headquarters Address: 
        American Rivers
        1101 14th Street NW
        Suite 1400
        Washington, DC 20005
        Phone: 202-347-7550
        Fax: 202-347-9240

        Midwest Region Address:        
        516 N. 23rd Street
        La Crosse, WI 54601
        Phone: 608-782-1537

27. National Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society is a nation-wide conservation organization. Their mission is, “To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.”

Address:
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
United States
Phone: 212-979-3000

28. Illinois Audubon Society

The Illinois Audubon Society was organized as an independent, state-wide, educational and scientific organization, incorporated April 10, 1897, by the State of Illinois.
Our mission is "to promote the perpetuation and appreciation of native flora and fauna of Illinois and the habitats that support them." Fundamental to this end are the control of pollution, the conservation of energy and all natural resources, a sound ecological relationship between human populations and their environments, and the education and involvement of the public in such efforts.

Address:
2315 Clear Lake Avenue
Springfield, IL  62708
Phone: 217-544-2473
Fax: 217-544-7433

29. Calumet Watersheds Action Coalition

The Calumet Watersheds Action Coalition is a nonprofit environmental organization that works within the watersheds of the Cal-Sag Channel, Lake Calumet, the Calumet River, the Grand Calumet River, and the Little Calumet River. These areas are contained in, or lie around, the proposed Calumet National Heritage Area. The Calumet Watersheds Action Coalition works to protect and restore these watersheds and to provide education on the area to the local communities.

Address:
Calumet Watersheds Action Coalition
PO Box 170263
Chicago, IL 60617
Phone: 773-370-3305
Email: calumetwatersheds@yahoo.com

30. Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

Address:
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN 38120
Phone: 901-758-3825 or 1-800-45DUCKS

31. Ecology Action Center

The Ecology Action Center operates in McLean County and provides environmental education and outreach. The center provides information on disposal of solid waste, nontraditional recycling programs, and sustainable lifestyle practices. The center also coordinates waste planning for municipalities in the area and implements a Clean Water Protection Program.

Address:
Ecology Action Center
202 W College Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-454-3169

32. The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership

The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership was formed to manage the Fox River Watershed, which is formed by portions of eleven counties near the Illinois River. The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership initiated a watershed management planning process, which resulted in the Integrated Management Plan for the Fox River Watershed in Illinois. Currently, the organization is divided into multiple committees that address the various issues from the watershed management plan, including: agriculture, conservation, education, river studies, government relations, habitat, lakes, recreation and water resources.

Address:
Fox River Ecosystem Partnership
c/o 1281 Danforth Drive
Batavia, IL 60510
Contact:
Becky Hoag, Communications Manager
Phone: 630-482-9157
Email: info@foxriverecosystem.org

33. Friends of the Chicago River

Friends of the Chicago River is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of the Chicago River and increase community involvement along the river. The organization’s main initiatives are education and outreach, public policy and planning, and on-site projects. Friends of the Chicago River also operates the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum.

Address:
Friends of the Chicago River
28 East Jackson, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-939-0490
Fax: 312-939-0931
Email: friends@chicagoriver.org

34. HeartLands Conservancy

HeartLands Conservancy, formerly Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation and Development, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that works with landowners to protect land in Southwestern Illinois. HeartLands Conservancy works on two main programs: conservation of open space and livable and sustainable communities. Through its conservation program, the organization provides conservation easements and accepts land donations. Through its sustainable communities program, the organization provides planning and mapping services, develops and manages grants, and fosters open discussion among stakeholders.

Address:
HeartLands Conservancy
406 E Main
Mascoutah, IL 62258
Phone: 618-556-4451
Fax: 618-566-4452
Email: info@heartlandsconservancy.org

35. Izaak Walton League of America

The mission of the Izaak Walton League of America is: “To conserve, maintain, protect, and restore the soil, forest, water, and other natural resources of the United States and other lands; to promote means and opportunities for the education of the public with respect to such resources and their enjoyment and wholesome utilization.”

Address:
Izaak Walaton League of America
707 Conservation Lane
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: 301-548-0150
Email: info@iwla.org

36. Living Lands and Waters

Living Lands & Waters is a 501 (c) (3) environmental organization established by Chad Pregracke in 1998 and headquartered in East Moline, Illinois. Programs that Living Lands & Waters conduct are: Community River Cleanups, Big River Educational Workshops, MillionTrees Project, Riverbottom Forest Restoration and Adopt-a-River Mile.

Director:
Chad Pregracke

Address:
17615 Route 84N
East Moline, IL 61244
Phone: 309-496-9848
E-Mail: chad@livinglandsandwaters.org

37. Middle Mississippi River Partnership

“The Middle Mississippi River Partnership (MMRP) is a collaboration of twenty-one federal/state agencies and not-for-profit organizations that have a common goal of restoring and enhancing the natural resources of the river corridor from St. Louis, Missouri to Cairo, Illinois, a distance of 195 miles.” Their meeting times and reports may be found on their website.

Contact:
Brian Johnson, Chair

Address:
US Army Corps of Engineers
1222 Spruce Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
314-331-8146
Email: Brian.L.Johnson@usace.army.mil

38. National Wild Turkey Federation

The National Wild Turkey Federation is an organization of hunters who work to preserve the sport of hunting and its heritage, along with the natural areas that are used for hunting. Their conservation efforts have helped to conserve almost 17 million acres of habitat for the wild turkey, which was once an endangered species. Information on their conservation projects and on the sport of hunting can be found on their website.
Address:
National Wild Turkey Federation
PO Box 530
Edgefield, SC 29824
Phone: 800-843-6983 or 803-637-3106
Email: info@nwtf.net

39. The Natural Land Institute

Since 1958, NLI has protected, managed, and restored more than 16,000 acres throughout Illinois and southern Wisconsin. These include prairies, forests, wetlands, and river corridors.
Serving as a regional land trust, the Institute accepts donations of properties, buys lands, manages natural areas, and helps landowners establish legal agreements that permanently limit harmful use and development.

Address:
Natural Land Institute
320 South Third Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Phone:  815-964-6666  
Fax: 815-964-6661
Email: info@naturalland.org

40. The Nature Conservancy

An international conservation agency with the goal of protecting land and water resources.
 
        Chicago Office Address: 
        8 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 900
        Chicago, Illinois 60603
        Phone: (312) 580-2100
        Fax: (312) 346-5606
        E-mail: illinois@tnc.org

        Conservation Programs Address:
        Mike Reuter
        Conservation Programs Director
        301 SW Adams, Suite 1007
        Peoria, IL 61602
        Phone: 309-636-3321
        Email: mreuter@tnc.org

        River Programs Address: 
        Illinois River Project Office
        11304 N. Prairie Road
        Lewistown, Illinois 61542
        Phone: (309) 547-2730
        Fax: (309) 547-2731 

41. Openlands

Openlands is a conservation organization that works to protect natural habitats, wildlife, air and water in Illinois. The organization has four major initiatives: community greening, greenways, land preservation, and policy.

Address:
Openlands
25 E Washington St., Suite 1650
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-863-6250
Fax: 312-863-6251
Email: info@openlands.org

42. Prairie Rivers Network

Prairie Rivers Network works throughout Illinois on the protection, conservation, and restoration of rivers. They are affiliated with the National Wildlife Federation and a member of Earth Share of Illinois. Four of their current major issues are protecting clean water from coal pollution, spreading awareness on the issue of factory farms, working to stop the spread of the invasive Asian Carp species, and protecting local wetlands and habitats. Prairie Rivers Networks also works to advocate for clean water policies by reviewing permit applications, advocating for practices that minimize agricultural pollution, creating a legislative agenda for environmental protection, and ensuring that enforcement of pollution standards occurs.

Address:
Prairie Rivers Network
1902 Fox Drive, Suite G
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-344-2371
Email: info@prairierivers.org

43. River Action

River Action is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad Cities' region.

Address:
822 E. River Dr.
Davenport, IA 52803
Phone: 563-322-2969

44. Sangamon Conservancy Trust

The Sangamon Conservancy Trust is a nonprofit organization that supports the Sangamon County Soil and Water Conservation District. The trust organization works to reduce soil erosion, enhance water quality, and promote farmland protection.

Address:
Sangamon Conservancy Trust
2623 Sunrise Drive, Suite 1
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-241-6635 x3
Fax: 217-241-6644
Email: barb.mendenhall@il.nacdnet.net

45. Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium is not only a world-recognized aquarium; it also is a major conservation partner for the Chicago area and the state of Illinois. Shedd Aquarium has initiatives in seven major areas: protection and restoration of the Great Lakes, animal conservation, green lifestyles, seafood, climate change, green gardens, and conservation partnerships. In these areas, Shedd Aquarium provides financial backing, research and technology, and volunteer efforts.

Address:
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-939-2438
General Email: contactus@sheddaquarium.org
Group Visits: groupreservations@sheddaquarium.org

46. Tallgrass Restoration, LLC

Tallgrass Restoration partners with landowners to restore natural plant life, limit erosion, and improve water quality and biodiversity on their property. The organization can install native plant life, remove invasive species of plant, and complete prescribed burns, along with many other programs.

Address:
Tallgrass Restoration, LLC
2221 Hammond Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173-3813
Phone: 847-925-9830
Fax: 847-925-9840
Email: info@tallgrassrestoration.com

47. The Wetlands Initiative

The Wetlands Initiative is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to restoring the natural wetlands of the Midwest. Wetland restoration improves water quality, increases wildlife habitat, and reduces flood damages. The organization directly assists with the restoration of wetlands and also finances wetland restoration projects. 

Address:
The Wetlands Initiative
53 West Jackson Blvd, Suite 1015
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-922-0777
Fax: 312-922-1823

48. Wildlife Forever

Wildlife Forever is a conservation charity that focuses their projects in three areas: fish and wildlife management, habitat, education, and research. They focus extensively on maintaining healthy and diverse populations of animal and plant life. They also focus extensively on educating the public on the threat of invasive species.

Address:
Wildlife Forever
2700 Freeway Blvd #1000
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Phone: 763-253-0222


IV.  Economic Development

49. Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEO)

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity raises Illinois' profile as a global business destination and nexus of innovation. It provides a foundation for the economic prosperity of all Illinoisans, through the coordination of business recruitment and retention, infrastructure building and job training efforts, and administration of state and federal grant programs.

Director: Warren Ribley

Address:
DCEO Director's Office
 James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph
Chicago , IL  60601 
Phone: 312-814-7179 
TTY: 800-785-6055

50. Upper Mississippi, Illinois & Missouri Rivers Association (UMIMRA)

The Mission of the Upper Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers Association is to:
 
    • Improve and maintain the flood control systems in the Upper Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri River Valleys.
    • Promote efficient navigation systems and policies for the navigable rivers of the region.
    • Encourage long-range planning to enhance the quality of life and ensure a healthy economic future for the river valleys. 
    • Educate and inform the public and decision-makers about flood control, navigation and environmental issues.
    • Develop balanced relationships between flood protection, navigation, environmental, economic and recreational     interests.
    • Support the rights of private property owners living and working in the river valleys.

Executive Director:
Kim Robinson
Phone: 217-522-4109
Email: kimrobinson@umimra.org


V.  Education

51. Environmental Education Association of Illinois

The EEAI was formed to provide services to educators. EEAI hosts “national, state-based and independent professional development events and curriculums” to further the professional growth of educators across the state. The EEAI is the Illinois affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education. In addition, the EEAI promotes supplemental environmental educational curricula and reviews educational materials and programs throughout the state. 

Address:
Environmental Education Association of Illinois
Anita Purves Nature Center
1505 N. Broadway
Urbana, IL 61801
Find contact information for your local region’s director


VI.  Emergency Management

52. IEMA

The primary responsibility of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is to better prepare the State of Illinois for natural, manmade or technological disasters, hazards, or acts of terrorism. Our goal is a "better prepared state." IEMA coordinates the State's disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs and activities, functions as the State Emergency Response Commission, and maintains a 24-hour Communication Center and State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). The SEOC acts as lead in crisis/consequence management response and operations to notify, activate, deploy and employ state resources in response to any threat or act of terrorism. IEMA assists local governments with multi-hazard emergency operations plans and maintains the Illinois Emergency Operations Plan.

Director: Jonathon E. Monken

Address:
Illinois Emergency Management Agency
2200 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Phone: (800)782-7860 (24 hour)
Contact your region

53. FEMA – Region 5

FEMA Region V serves the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as the 34 federally recognized tribes located in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Our regional office provides advice, training and funding to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capabilities for disaster preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation. If a disaster is beyond the resources of a state or tribal government, that authority may request a major disaster declaration by the President through the regional office. When there is a declaration, Region V in coordination with the state or tribe oversees the opening of a temporary joint field office, which conducts the federal response and recovery activities.

Regional Administrator: Andrew Velasquez III

Address:
Federal Emergency Management Agency
536 South Clark St., 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 408-5500

54. The North Central River Forecast Center (NCRFC)

The North Central River Forecast Center is managed by the National Weather Service. The service is an interactive mapping of flood levels along the North Central region of the United States, showing the public where levels are elevated. This portion of the River Forecast Center addresses the Upper Mississippi River and the Illinois River. River points are color-coded on the map to show points that are forecasted to be in flood stage; points that are not in flood stage, but may require action; and points that are far below the action stage.

Address:
National Weather Service
North Central River Forecast Center
1733 Lake Drive West
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Phone: 952-316-6650

55. Ottawa River Rescue Squad

The Ottawa River Rescue Squad is a volunteer emergency service funded by support of the local community. The Ottawa River Rescue Squad works along the Illinois River. It completes rescues and emergency medical service, administers first aid, and performs body recovery.

Address:
Ottawa River Rescue Squad
234 Albin-Stevens Drive
PO Box 234
Ottawa, IL 61350
Contact
Dusten Wilson
Email: vicepres@ottawariverrescue.org

56. US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Great Lakes and Ohio River Division

The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division of the USACE covers 335,000 miles of the United States, over 17 total states. It coordinates seven USACE districts: Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Huntington, Louisville, Nashville and Pittsburgh. In total, this division serves 25% of the US population.
The mission of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division is to provide engineering products and services that serve the nation and the military. The civil works missions provide navigation, flood and storm damage reduction, ecosystem restoration, emergency response, recreation, hydropower, water supply and regulatory permits. The military missions provide engineering, real estate expertise, and design and construction management for the Army, Air Force and other Department of Defense agencies.

Address:
U.S. Army Engineer Division,
Great Lakes & Ohio River Division
ATTN: Public Affairs Office
550 Main Street, Room 10032
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3222
Phone: 513-684-3010

57. US Army Corps of Engineers – Rock Island District

The primary purpose of the Rock Island District is to partner with stakeholders in the management of the watersheds of the District in order to meet the national and regional needs of navigation, flood damage reduction, emergency management, ecosystem restoration and regulation, recreation, water supply, land management, and national security.

Address:
U.S. Army Engineer District, Rock Island
Clock Tower Building
Rodman Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61299
Phone: 309-794-4220

58. US Army Corps of Engineers – St. Louis District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division (MVD), located in the heartland of the United States, is responsible for the navigation support and flood damage reduction on one of the largest inland waterway systems in the country […].The St. Louis District also operates and maintains five lakes and their associated recreational areas. These lakes, which serve a variety of purposes ranging from flood protection and recreation to potable water supply and hydroelectricity, average over 15 million visitors a year.
Other missions include environmental restoration, environmental river engineering (created by the St. Louis District), water supply, emergency responses to natural disasters, regulatory oversight (issuance of permits and wetland delineation), hydropower, recreation, Ordinance and Explosive Waste Program, and clean up hazardous and toxic waste material connected to Department of Energy activities in the 1940s-1960s.

Address:
St. Louis District Public Affairs Office
1222 Spruce Street
S. Louis, MO 63103-2833
314-331-8068
Phone: 314-331-8068


VII.  Environmental Protections

Federal and State Agencies:

59. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)

The mission of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the State, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life.
The program has six main goals: creating of a new clean air plan, addressing solid and hazardous waste management, addressing clean water issues, supporting funding and action on environmental cleanup, promote pollution prevention, and developing resources and communication for strategic planning.

Address:
500 Stratton Office Building
Springfield, Illinois 62706
Phone: (217) 524-1321
TDD: (217) 524-1383

60. IEPA – Bureau of Air

The Bureau of Air works to improve air quality by identifying air pollution problems, proposing appropriate regulations, conducting inspections, and reviewing permit applications. It also operates a vehicle emissions testing program.

Bureau Chief:
Laurel Kroack
Phone: (217)785-4140

61. IEPA – Bureau of Land

The Bureau of Land's goals are to protect human health and the environment by ensuring that hazardous and solid waste will be managed in a sound manner, and to reduce or control risk to human health and the environment by overseeing the cleanup of contaminated sites.
Find your regional office

62. IEPA – Bureau of Water

The mission of the Bureau of Water is to:
    • Ensure that Illinois' rivers, streams and lakes will support all uses for which they are designated including protection of aquatic life, recreation and drinking 
      water supplies, 
    • Ensure that every Illinois Public Water system will provide water that is consistently safe to drink, 
    • Protect Illinois' groundwater resource for designated drinking water and other beneficial uses.

Bureau Chief: Marcia T. Willhite
Phone: 217-782-1654
Find your regional office for pollution issues
Find your regional office for drinking water issues

63. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC) protects the quality of Lake Michigan, which supplies water to the city of Chicago and the surrounding area. The district also serves the area by protecting businesses and homes from flood damages and managing the water resources of the area. Due to the impact the Illinois River has upon the Great Lakes Region, MWRDGC has been invested in the region.

Address:
MWRD Headquarters
100 East Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-751-5600

Non-Governmental:

64. Citizen Environmental Commission of DeKalb

The Citizen Environmental Commission of DeKalb serves to provide environmental awareness and recognize citizens who are doing important work for the environment. The commission hosts an annual recognition ceremony to award citizens and business with the P.R.I.D.E. Award, which recognizes those who have improved DeKalb’s environment. The eight-member, volunteer commission is appointed by the Mayor of DeKalb and is coordinated with support from DeKalb’s Economic Development Organization.

Contact:
Jennifer Diedrich, Special Projects Coordinator and Staff Liason to the Citizen Environmental Commission

Address:
Jennifer Diedrich, Economic Development Coordinator
200 S Fourth Street, Room 216
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-748-2365
Email: jennifer.diedrich@cityofdekalb.com

65. Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a nonprofit, citizen organization dedicated to preserving and improving the environment. The organization provides educational programs for the community and coordinates volunteer action on pollution prevention, energy, natural resource conservation, and sustainable land use.

Address:
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
110 S Johnson Street, Suite 106
Woodstock, Illinois 60098
Phone: 815-338-0393
Fax: 815-338-0394
Email: mcdef@owc.net

66Environment Illinois

Environment Illinois researches environmental issues in the state, educates the public on those issues, and advocates for changes in environmental policy. Four of the major issues for Environment Illinois are: protecting bodies of water, promoting healthier farming techniques, removing dependency to oil by promoting natural energy, and protecting significant gains in clean air standards.

Address:
Environmental Illinois
328 S. Jefferson St., Suite 620
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: 312-544-4430

67. Faith in Place
Faith in Place is a partnership between religious organizations of multiple denominations which works to protect the environment and natural resources. Faith in Place works on four major initiatives: advocacy, climate and energy, sustainable food, and water.

Address:
Faith in Place
70 E Lake Street, Suite 920
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-733-4640
Fax: 312-726-6108
Email: info@faithinplace.org

68. The Four Rivers Environmental Coalition

The Four Rivers Environmental Coalition is an alliance of public and private organizations. Its purpose is to advocate, educate and plan for the protection of the natural resources and biodiversity in the watersheds of the four rivers region of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The Rock, Kishwaukee, Sugar and Pecatonica are each unique and beautiful rivers rich with historical, recreational and biological value. The goal of the FREC is to provide a platform for partnership and leadership in the protection of these natural assets that are critical to this area’s economy and health.
Comprised of over 35 organizations in an area made up of the watersheds of the Rock, Sugar, Pecatonica and Kishwaukee Rivers in north central Illinois and southern Wisconsin FREC’s vision and mission is to:
    •Demonstrate the needs and benefits of open space advocacy by supporting regional-wide planning for the preservation of open spaces, park and
      recreational opportunities.
    •Provide a source for scientifically sound information to assist decision makers in devising policy and actions concerning the protection, acquisition, 
      restoration and management of natural areas and open spaces.
    •Promote, coordinate and facilitate the restoration, management, and protection of existing and future natural areas.
    •Increase the public’s awareness and understanding of our regions biodiversity by developing, coordinating, and promoting environmental education
      programs and events for life long learning.
    •Develop relationships and partnerships with private sectors, corporations, and businesses to provide financial resources for the continuation of economic
      and quality of life benefits for all.

For information on meetings, contact:
Phone: 815-877-6100
Email: jjohannsen@wcfpd.org

69. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful is a non-profit organization located in Northern Illinois. It focuses on the promotion of recycling and the prevention of littering.

Address:
5417 N. Second St.
Loves Park, IL 61111
Phone: 815-637-1343
Fax: 815-637-0525

70. Mississippi River Collaborative

The Mississippi River Collaborative is a non-profit group, consisting of legal centers and environmental organizations from the states that border the Mississippi River. The collaborative focuses on environmental protection – specifically, the reduction of pollution. In Illinois, the Environmental Law & Policy Center of the Midwest in Chicago and Prairie Rivers Network in Champaign are members of the collaborative.

Contact:
Suzanne Campbell, MRC Coordinator
Phone: 865-522-7007 x 104
Email: Suzanne@tcwn.org

71. Sierra Club – Illinois Chapter

The Sierra Club is an environmental protection group that focuses on three major areas: clean energy, clean water, and the protection of wildlife and natural areas. The Illinois Chapter is one of 68 chapters of the Sierra Club. The Illinois Chapter is split into 15 local Sierra Club groups across the state; its main office is located in Chicago, Illinois.

Address:
Sierra Club, IL Chapter
70 E Lake Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-251-168
Fax: 312-251-1780

    Sierra Club Groups Along the Main Stem:

   The Kishwaukee Solduc Group
    The Kishwaukee Solduc Group operates in the following counties on the main stem of the Illinois River: LaSalle and Grundy.
 
    Heart of Illinois Group
    The Heart of Illinois Group operates in the following counties on the main stem of the Illinois River: parts of Cass, Mason, and Schuyler; Bureau; Fulton;
    Marshall; Peoria; Putnam; Tazewell and Woodford.

    The Sangamon Valley Group
    The Sangamon Valley Group operates in the following counties on the main stem of the Illinois River: parts of Calhoun, Mason, Schuyler and Scott; Brown;
    Cass; Morgan and Pike.
  
    The Piasa Palisades Group
    The Piasa Palisades Group operates in the following counties on the main stem of the Illinois River: parts of Jersey and Calhoun, and Green.

    Live outside of the main stem? Find your local Sierra Club Group here!

72. Southeast Environmental Task Force

Southeast Environmental Task Force (SETF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the Southeast Side and south suburbs of Chicago by promoting environmental education, pollution prevention, and sustainable development.

Address:
13300 S. Baltimore Ave
Chicago, IL 60633
Phone: 773-646-0436
Email: setf@sbcglobal.net


VII.  Fish and Wildlife

Federal and State Agencies:

73. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Midwest Regional Office

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Regional Director: Tom Melius
E-mail: tom_melius@fws.gov

Address:
BHW Federal Building
1 Federal Drive
Ft. Snelling, MN 55111
Phone: 612-713-5301

74. Carterville-Marion Fishery Resources Office

The Carterville-Marion Fishery Resources Office serves Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri. It impacts portions of the Mississippi River, Ohio River, and Wabash River. It also serves the length of the Illinois River. It works to recover declining fish and muscle populations, prevent the spread of invasive species, maintain diverse wildlife and habitat, and enhance recreational fishing.

Address:
Carterville-Marion Fishery Resources Office
9053 Route 148
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-997-6869
Fax: 618-997-9185
Project Leader:
Rob Simmonds
Email: Carterville@fws.gov or MidwestNews@fws.gov

75. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Marion Field Office

This office deals with the following counties: Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Champaign, Clay, Clark, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Galatin, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Lawrence, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Massac, Montgomery, Monroe, Morgan, Moultre, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saint Clair, Saline, Scott, Shelby, Union, Vermillion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson.

Address:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Marion Illinois Sub-Office
8588 Route 148 Marion, Illinois 62959
Phone: (618) 997-3344, ext. 340
E-mail Marion@fws.gov

76. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Rock Island Field Office

This office deals with the following counties: Adams, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Carroll, Cass, Christian, DeKalb, De Witt, Ford, Fulton, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Marshall, Mason, Mcdonough, Mclean, Menard, Mercer, Ogle, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Stark, Stephenson, Warren, Whiteside, Winnebago, and Woodford.

Address:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Rock Island Illinois Field Office
1511 47th Avenue
Moline, Illinois 61265
Phone: (309) 757-5800
E-mail RockIsland@fws.gov

77. USGS – Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

The Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center conducts research that helps to protect and manage natural resources, fish and wildlife.
 Our research, monitoring and technical support focuses on the:
• control of aquatic invasive species
• well being and functioning of the large rivers, especially the Upper Mississippi River
• preservation of threatened and endangered species
• effects of contaminants on amphibians, fish and wildlife
• developing maps, computer models, and other decision support tools for improved management of our resources.

Address:
Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
2630 Fanta Reed Road
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54603
Phone: 608-783-6451
E-Mail: rkhines@usgs.gov (Randy Hines)

Non-Governmental:

78. American Fisheries Society
American Fisheries Society (AFS) is a professional society for fisheries and scientists. AFS publishes scientific research, holds conferences on the results of the research on fisheries, and promotes further research and best practices. The society also takes positions on environmental issues that would impact fisheries and works to ensure that policy and legislation benefit fisheries and wildlife.

Address:
5410 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-897-8616
Fax: 301-897-8096

79. Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd.

The Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd., is an international, nonprofit organization which works to protect endangered species, such as the Bald Eagle. The organization conducts education and awareness programs, develops and implements habitat preservation strategies, engages in and supports bald eagle research, conducts fundraising events, and provides funding to endangered species monitoring.

Address:
Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd.
300 East Hickory Street
Apple River, IL 61001
Phone: 815-594-2306
Fax: 815-594-2305

80. Illinois Ornithological Society

The society is a membership of birders who share information about bird sightings and bird-watching events in the area. The IOS provides research grants to scientists who study avian habitats. The IOS also serves to document bird life and sightings in their magazine, Meadowlark.

Address:
Illinois Ornithological Society
P.O. Box 931
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Email: ios@illinoisbirds.org

81. Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation

The Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation works to conserve fish, game and wildlife, as well as wildlife habitats. The organization promotes education and management of resources, funds scientific research and conservation projects, and advocates for wildlife protection.

Address:
Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation
PO Box 9
Dundee, IL 60118
Phone: 847-741-8000

82. National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) works to protect wildlife and natural habitats. NFW works to conserve spaces for wildlife, protect endangered species, restore bodies of water, protect tribal and public lands, and stop the spread of invasive species. NWF also works to spread awareness of issues affecting wildlife, such as global warming.

Address:
11100 Wildlife Center Dr.
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 703-438-6000
NWF also has a regional affiliate for Illinois, The Prairie Rivers Network (see “Conservation”).

83. Northern Illinois Anglers Association

The Northern Illinois Anglers Association (NIAA) works to promote fishing for sport, as well as increased growth in the development of facilities for anglers. The group is also concerned with the protection of the habitats that support fish and wildlife in Illinois. Each year, NIAA promotes Adopt-a-River and River Cleanup events to accomplish these goals.

Contact:
Sam Thomas, President
Email: sltbjt@att.net

84. Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education

Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab & Education is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitation of injured, sick and orphaned birds of prey with the goal of returning healthy birds back to the wild, as well as educating the public about wildlife, conservation, ecology and habitats in the forum of utilizing "live" birds of prey and other biological tools.

Address:
Candy & Steve Ridlbauer
6320 Poplar St.
Loves Park, IL 61111
Phone: (815) 633-9193
Email: raptorlady@comcast.net

85. Trout Unlimited - Illinois Council

Trout Unlimited is a national organization that works on the restoration of coldwater fisheries. Trout Unlimited provides research and conservation tools, such as the Conservation Success Index (CSI), which is a framework for assessing the health of coldwater fish species. Trout Unlimited is also working on multiple special projects, such as “Trout in the Classroom,” an educational program allowing children to raise trout in a classroom setting to be released into a nearby stream or river.

Address:
Trout Unlimited
1300 N. 17th St.
Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22209-2404
Phone: 1-800-834-2419
National Office: 703-522-0200
Fax: 703-284-9400

86. Wildlife Forever

Wildlife Forever is a conservation charity that focuses their projects on four areas: fish and wildlife management, habitat, education, and research. They focus on maintaining healthy and diverse populations of animal and plant life and on educating the public on the threat of invasive species.

Address:
Wildlife Forever
2700 Freeway Blvd #1000
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Phone: 763-253-0222

87. The Wildlife Society

The Wildlife Society (TWS) is a non-profit scientific educational association. It aims to support professional growth in the scientific field, through “certification, peer-reviewed publication, conferences, and working groups.”
TWS has five main goals:
  1.Develop and maintain professional standards for wildlife research and management.
  2.Enhance knowledge and technical capabilities of wildlife managers.
  3.Advance professional stewardship of wildlife resources and their habitats.
  4.Advocate the use of sound biological information for wildlife policy decisions.
  5.Increase public awareness and appreciation of the wildlife profession.”

Address:
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-2144
Phone: 301-897-9770
Fax: 301-530-2471
Email: TWS@wildlife.org


IX.  Fish and Wildlife Refuges / Nature Centers

88. American Eagle Foundation

The American Eagle Foundation is a non-profit organization that develops and conducts bald eagle and environmental recovery programs. The organization also cares for eagles that are injured and orphaned at an eagle center in Pigeon Forge. At that center, many eagles that cannot be released into the wild are used for breeding, making the center the largest bald eagle breeding facility in the world.

Address:
American Eagle Foundation
PO Box 333
Pigeon Forge, TN 37868
Phone: 1-800-2EAGLES
Office Phone: 865-429-0157
Fax: 1-865-429-4743
Email: eaglemail@eagles.org

89. American Fisheries Society

American Fisheries Society (AFS) is a professional society for fisheries and scientists. AFS publishes scientific research, holds conferences on the results of the research on fisheries, and promotes further research and best practices. The society also takes positions on environmental issues that would impact fisheries and works to ensure that policy and legislation benefit fisheries and wildlife.

Address:
5410 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-897-8616
Fax: 301-897-8096

90. Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center

The mission of Hoo Haven is to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife in North America and to educate individuals on the importance of conservation of habitats for wildlife. Hoo Haven also does educational presentations with live birds for schools and organizations.

Director: Karen Herdklotz

Address:
PO Box 594
Durand, IL
61024
Phone: 815-629-2212
Email: Karen@hoohaven.org ()

91. National Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages four fish and wildlife refuges along the Illinois River. In total, the refuges span across 125 miles of the Illinois River. As the four refuges are located within the Mississippi Flyway, they act as an important habitat for many migratory birds.

Address:
Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuges
19031 East County Road 2110N
Havana, IL 62644
Phone: 309-535-2290
Email: IllinoisRiver@fws.gov

    The Cameron-Billsbach Unit
    The Cameron-Billsbach Unit is a 1,708 acre refuge located in Marshall County, Ill. The Illinois River divides the land into the two separate units: Cameron
    and Billsbach. In total, the unit serves as a habitat for migratory birds along the Mississippi Flyway.

    The Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge
    The Chautauqua Refuge is located around Lake Chautauqua in Mason County. The lake covers 3,200 acres of land on the refuge, 800 acres are water and
    timbered bottomland, and around 400 acres are upland and forest. This means that the refuge contains many types of fish and wildlife.

    The Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge
    The Emiquon Refuge protects and restores wetlands at the confluence of the Illinois and Spoon Rivers. The refuge is located within Fulton County.

    The Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge
    The Meredosia Refuge is located in Morgan and Cass Counties. The primary purpose of the refuge is to provide a sanctuary to wildlife; however, the refuge
    also provides public recreation opportunities. Currently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of acquiring 2,400 acres of land for the refuge.
    When complete, the refuge will be over five thousand acres in total.

92. Large Rivers Fisheries Coordination Office

The Large Rivers Fisheries Coordination Office covers the Mississippi River Basin, which accounts for a large portion of the United States. Their jurisdiction includes the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Illinois Rivers in Illinois. The office is charged with coordination and networking for fisheries and development of a management program for the fisheries. The Coordination Office is also charged with reviewing resources shared by the fisheries in order to create efficiency.

Contact:
Jerry L. Rasmussen, Coordinator

Address:
Jerry Rasmussen
4469 48th Avenue Court
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: 319-793-5811
Fax: 319-793-5812
Email: largeriverscoordinator@fws.gov or midwestnews@fws.gov

93. Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge currently includes approximately 7,000 acres on seven divisions: Meissner Island in Monroe County, IL, Harlow Island in Jefferson County, MO, Beaver Island, Horse Island, Crains Island, and Rockwood Island in Randolph County, IL, and Wilkinson Island in Perry County, MO and Jackson County, IL. These divisions are located along lower 195 miles of the Mississippi River south of St. Louis, Missouri.
The primary management goal of Middle Mississippi River NWR is to restore habitats that have been lost or degraded as a result of modifications to the flood plain and the river. Major habitat types include riverfront forest, wetlands, and aquatic areas.

Project Leader: Robert Cail

Address:
1293 Rocky Hollow Road
Rockwood, IL 62280
Phone: 618-763-4420
E-mail: Robert_Cail@fws.gov

94. State Fish and Wildlife Refuges Along the Illinois River

All state fish and wildlife refuges in this list are separated by IDNR region.

Region I
 
            Anderson Lake State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            647 N State Hwy 100
            Astoria, IL 61501
            Phone: 309-759-4484
            Email: ed.oest@illinois.gov

            Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            19721 N US 24
            Canton, IL 61520
            Phone: 309-647-9184
            Email: dnr.ricelake@illinois.gov

            Donnelley/DePue State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            1001 W 4th St
            PO Box 52
            DePue, IL 61322
            Phone: 815-447-2353
            Email: mike.resetich@illinois.gov

            LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            2651 N 21st Road
            Marseilles, IL 61341
            Phone: 815-357-1608
            Email: dnr.Illini@illinois.gov

           Mackinaw River State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            15470 Nelson Road
            Mackinaw, IL 61755
            Phone: 309-963-4969
            Email: stan.weimer@illinois.gov

            Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            2660 E 2350th Road
            Marseilles, IL 61341
            Phone: 815-795-2448
            Email: dnr.Illini@illinois.gov

           Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            236 State Rt 26
            Lacon, IL 61540
            Phone: 309-246-8351
            Email: tony.colvin@illinois.gov

            Mautino State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            16006-875 E St.
            Sheffield, IL 61361
            Phone: 815-454-2328
            Email: dnr.hennepincanal@illinois.gov

            Powerton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            7982 S Park Road
            Mantino, IL 61546
            Phone: 309-968-7135
            Email: stan.weimer@illinois.gov

            Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            19721 N US 24
            Canton, IL 61520
            Phone: 309-647-9184
            Email: dnr.ricelake@illinois.gov

            Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            1936 State Highway 167
            PO Box 295
            Victoria, IL 61485
            Phone: 309-879-2607
            Email: rick.knisely@illinois.gov

            Spring Lake State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            7982 South Park Road
            Mantino, IL 61546
            Phone: 309-968-7135
            Email: stan.weimer@illinois.gov

            Woodford State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            RR 1
            Low Point, IL 61545
            Phone: 309-822-8351
            Email: tony.colvin@illinois.gov

 Region II

            Des Plains State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            2461 N. River Road
            Wilmington, IL 60481
            Phone: 815-423-5326
            Email: dnr.r2parks@illinois.gov

            Goose Lake State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            5010 N Jugtown Road
            Morris, IL 60450
            Phone: 815-942-2899
            Email: dnr.r2parks@illinois.gov

            Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            PO Box 126
            Braceville, IL 60407
            Phone: 815-237-0063
            Email: dnr.r2parks@illinois.gov

Region IV

            Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            17836 State Highway 100 N.
            Grafton, IL 62037
            Phone: 618-376-3303
            Email: dnr.r4parks@illinois.gov

            Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Refuge
            3594 CR 200 N.
            Chandlerville, IL 62627
            Phone: 309-546-2628
            Email: dnr.r4parks@illinois.gov

95. Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge

The Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge is located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. The refuge includes five divisions - Calhoun, Gilbert Lake, Batchtown, Portage Island, and the Apple Creek Division - totaling 8,500 acres. Two Rivers functions as an important link in the chain of resting, feeding, and wintering areas for birds migrating along the Mississippi Flyway.

Project Leader: John Mabery

Address:

HC 82, Box 107
Brussels, IL 62013-9711
Phone: 618-883-2524 
E-mail: john_mabery@fws.gov

96. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources is charged with the protection of the resources of the state. IDNR helps to manage natural lands and habitats, provide recreational resources, and provide access to state parks and resources. IDNR is also charged with educating the public about natural resources within the state in order to promote conservation and restoration.

    Region I Office - Northwestern Illinois
    Springfield, IL 62702-1271
    Phone: 217-782-6302 

    Region II Office – Northeastern Illinois
    2317 E. Lincolnway
    Suite A
    Sterling, IL 61081
    Phone: 815-625-2968 

    Region IV Office - West Central Illinois
    2050 West Stearns Road
    Bartlett, IL 60103
    Phone: 847-608-3100
 
    Website for Program Offices

97. Illinois Association of Park Districts

The Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) is a grass-roots organization that was formed in 1928 to serve park districts, forest preserves, and recreation and conservation organizations. IAPD works to provide grants for park and forest services, address issues concerning natural areas, promote outdoor recreation activities, provide educational materials, and give technical assistance to their member organizations.

Address:
Illinois Association of Park Districts
211 E Monroe St
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217-523-4554
Fax: 217-523-4273
Email: iapd@ILparks.org

98. Illinois Forestry Development Council

The Illinois Forestry Development Council, through its charge to study and evaluate the forest resources and forest industry of Illinois, determines: the magnitude, nature, extent and ownership of Illinois' forest resources, the uses, benefits, and services this resource provides, the economic development, increasing employment, and management opportunities relating to the forest industry, the staffing and funding needs for forestry programs and support, forest education programs, and the soil, water, and wildlife habitat benefits of forestry practices.
The Council consists of 23 members representing the Illinois General Assembly, the Governor's Office, state agencies and associations that have an interest in our forests, Forestry-related Departments at the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University, forest products industry, urban interest, private landowners who are timber producers, farmers, and environmental interest. Representatives of the Shawnee National Forest and the Natural Resources Conservation Service serve as ex-officio members.
Upcoming meetings and minutes from previous sessions can be found on their website.

Address:
W-503 Turner Hall
1102 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-498-6736 or 217-762-7299
Fax: 217-244-7156
Email: jcanaday@prairieinet.net

99. Lake County Forest Preserves

The Lake County Forest Preserve District was established in 1958 and manages over 29,300 acres of natural area. The organization protects the natural habitats of Illinois’ natural forests. The organization also works to develop educational, recreational and cultural opportunities in the forested areas of Illinois.

Address:
1899 West Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: 847-367-6640
Email: ForestPreserves@LCFPD.org

100. National Park Service

The National Park Service works to protect the 397 national parks in the United States and their affiliated sites, such as National Trails and National Historic Landmarks. The NPS is also charged with maintaining the visitor centers and contact stations of the national parks. The National Park Service is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Find a Park Service

Address:
Midwest Region
Michael Reynolds, Regional Director
National Park Service
601 Riverfront Drive
Omaha, NE 68102-4226
(402) 661-1736

101. State Parks Near the Illinois River

Each state park is listed within its IDNR region.  

Region I
 
            Illini State Park
            2660 E 2350th Rd
            Marseilles, IL 61341
            Phone: 815-795-2448
            Email: dnr.Illini@illinois.gov
 
            Jubilee College State Park
            13921 W Route 150
            Brimfield, IL 61517
            Phone: 309-446-3758
            Email: thomas.hintz@illinois.gov

            Matthiessen State Park
            Box 509
            Utica, IL 61373
            Phone: 815-667-4868
            Email: dnr.starvedrock@illinois.gov

            Starved Rock State Park
            PO Box 509
            Utica, IL 61373
            Phone: 815-667-4726
            Email: dnr.starvedrock@illinois.gov

Region II

            Buffalo Rock State Park
            PO Box 2034
            300 N 27th Rd
            Ottawa, IL 61350
            Phone: 815-433-2224
            Email: dnr.r2parks@illinois.gov

            Channahon State Park
            PO Box 54
            Channahon, IL 60410
            Phone: 815-467-4271
            Email: dnr.r2parks@illinois.gov

            Gebhard Woods State Park
            401 Ottawa Street
            PO Box 272
            Morris, IL 60450
            Phone: 815-942-0796
            Email: dnr.r2parks@illinois.gov

            William G. Stratton State Park
            401 Ottawa St.
            Morris, IL 60450
            Phone: 815-942-0796
            Email: dnr.r2parks@illinois.gov

Region IV

            Pere Marquette State Park
            13112 Visitor Center Lane
            Grafton, IL 62037
            Phone: 618-786-3323
            Email: dnr.peremarquette@illinois.gov


X.  Funding Sources / Grants

102. The Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund invests in conservation programs across the country. They partner with agencies of government, corporations, and communities in order to plan conservation programs that meet the needs of the area. Their projects are meant to both conserve the natural area and to provide economic value.

Address:
Midwest Regional Office
P.O. Box 506
Sawyer, MI 49125
Phone: (269) 426-8825
Fax: (269) 426-4067

103. Earth Share of Illinois

Earth Share of Illinois is a donation initiative which promotes charitable giving through payroll deduction. Donations made to Earth Share of Illinois are used to support over 60 local, national, and international organizations, of which 25 are located in Illinois.

Address:
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-795-3740
Fax: 312-795-3742
Email: info@earthshare-illinois.org

104. Upper Mississippi River Grant Writers Partnership

This partnership maintains a list of grants in multiple areas of interest, including watersheds and trails.

Address:
River Action, Inc.
822 East River Drive
Davenport, Iowa 52803
Phone: (563) 322-2969
Fax: (563) 322-0916
Email: riveraction@riveraction.org


XI.  Tourist, Historic, and Cultural Sites

105. Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium is a world-recognized aquarium, founded by John G. Shedd. The aquarium contains over 25,000 fish, and was the first inland aquarium to have a permanent saltwater fish collection. The aquarium is also an important conservation partner for the state of Illinois, as it actively works to protect the Great Lakes and conserve the natural resources of Illinois.

Address:
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-939-2438
General Email: contactus@sheddaquarium.org
Group Visits: groupreservations@sheddaquarium.org


XII.  Hydrology

106. US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Great Lakes and Ohio River Division

The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division of the USACE covers 335,000 miles of the United States, over 17 total states. It coordinates seven USACE districts: Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Huntington, Louisville, Nashville and Pittsburgh. In total, this division serves 25% of the US population.
“The mission of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division is to provide engineering products and services that serve the nation and the military. The civil works missions provide navigation, flood and storm damage reduction, ecosystem restoration, emergency response, recreation, hydropower, water supply and regulatory permits. The military missions provide engineering, real estate expertise, and design and construction management for the Army, Air Force and other Department of Defense agencies.

Address:
U.S. Army Engineer Division,
Great Lakes & Ohio River Division
ATTN: Public Affairs Office
550 Main Street, Room 10032
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3222
Phone: 513-684-3010

107. US Army Corps of Engineers – Rock Island District

The primary purpose of the Rock Island District is to partner with stakeholders in the management of the watersheds of the District in order to meet the national and regional needs of navigation, flood damage reduction, emergency management, ecosystem restoration and regulation, recreation, water supply, land management, and national security.

Address:
U.S. Army Engineer District, Rock Island
Clock Tower Building
Rodman Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61299
Phone: 309-794-4220

108. US Army Corps of Engineers – St. Louis District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division (MVD), located in the heartland of the United States, is responsible for the navigation support and flood damage reduction on one of the largest inland waterway systems in the country […].The St. Louis District also operates and maintains five lakes and their associated recreational areas. These lakes, which serve a variety of purposes ranging from flood protection and recreation to potable water supply and hydroelectricity, average over 15 million visitors a year.
Other missions include environmental restoration, environmental river engineering (created by the St. Louis District), water supply, emergency responses to natural disasters, regulatory oversight (issuance of permits and wetland delineation), hydropower, recreation, Ordinance and Explosive Waste Program, and clean up hazardous and toxic waste material connected to Department of Energy activities in the 1940s-1960s.

Address:
St. Louis District Public Affairs Office
1222 Spruce Street
S. Louis, MO 63103-2833
314-331-8068
Phone: 314-331-8068


XIII.  Legal / Environmental Advocacy

109. Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest

The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage.

Address:
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-673-6500
Email: elpcinfo@elpc.org

110. Illinois Pollution Control Board

The Illinois Pollution Control Board is an independent agency that was created by the Environmental Protection Act of 1970. The board adopts Illinois’ environmental regulations and makes decisions on cases regarding environmental infractions and environmental law. The Illinois Pollution Control Board also releases a monthly newsletter, The Environmental Register,  that provides information about recent legislative decisions, cases and hearings.

Address:
Illinois Pollution Control Board, Clerk’s Office
James R. Thompson Center, Suite 11-500
100 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-3620

111. Natural Resources Defense Council

The NRDC is an activist organization which seeks to protect natural habitats and living organisms. It was originally funded by law students and attorneys spearheading environmental movements in the 1970s. The NRDC’s main concerns are: curbing global warming and creating the clean energy future, reviving the world’s oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, ensuring safe and sufficient water, and fostering sustainable and livable cities.

Address:
2 N. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2250
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-663-9900
Email: nrdcinfo@nrdc.org


XIV.  Recreation and Hunting

Federal and State Agencies:

112. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources is charged with the protection of the resources of the state. IDNR helps to manage natural lands and habitats, provide recreational resources, and provide access to state parks and resources. IDNR is also charged with educating the public about natural resources within the state in order to promote conservation and restoration.

            Address: 
            One Natural Resources Way
            Springfield, IL 62702-1271
            Phone: 217-782-6302 
            Region I Office - Northwestern Illinois

            Address: 
            2317 E. Lincolnway
            Suite A
            Sterling, IL 61081
            Phone: 815-625-2968 
            Region II Office – Northeastern Illinois

            Address: 
            2050 West Stearns Road
            Bartlett, IL 60103
            Phone: 847-608-3100
            Region IV Office - West Central Illinois

            Address: 
            4521 Alton Commerce Pkwy.
            Alton, IL 62002
            Phone: 618-462-1181

Website for Program Offices

113. The National Park Service: Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program – Midwest Region

            The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects.
            Projects in the State of Illinois
            Projects in the State of Missouri
            Projects in the State of Iowa
 
            Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
            National Park Service
            25 E. Washington, Suite 1650
            Chicago, IL  60602
            Phone: 312-863-6287
            Fax: 312-862-6251
            Email: diane_banta@nps.gov

114. State Trails Along the Illinois River

State Trails are maintained by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

Hennepin Canal State Trail
            16006 875 E Street
            Sheffield, IL 61361
            Phone: 815-454-2328
            Email: dnr.hennepincanal@illinois.gov

            Illinois/Michigan Canal State Trail 
            PO Box 272
            Morris, IL 60450
            Phone: 815-942-0796
            Email: dnr.r2parks@illinois.gov

            Johnson-Sauk State Trail
            28616 Sauk Trail Rd.
            Kewanee, IL 61443
            Phone: 309-853-5589
            Email: dnr.johnsonsauktrail@illinois.gov

            Rock Island State Trail 
            311 E Williams
            PO box 64
            Wyoming, IL 61491
            Phone: 309-695-2228
            Email: thomas.hintz@illinois.gov

Non-Governmental:

115. The Illinois Paddling Council

The Illinois Paddling Council (IPC) was organized in 1963 and is a not-for-profit association of paddlers and paddling organizations in Illinois. The Illinois Paddling council is dedicated to promoting the safe enjoyment of all phases of canoeing and kayaking in Illinois, to assure access to the state's waters and to protect and preserve the natural resources within the state.

116. The Illinois Trappers Association

The Illinois Trappers Association is an organization which represents Illinoisans involved in the sport of trapping. The organization works to protect the sport of trapping, promote new membership in the sport, and provide educational outreach about trapping. The Illinois Trappers Association also works closely with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, along with other state and local agencies, to establish appropriate regulations on the sport of trapping in order to properly manage wildlife populations.

            Contact:
           Mike Gragert, President
            Phone: 618-637-9061
            Email: gfur@madisontelco.com

            Region 1 – Northwest Illinois
            Joe McCall
            Phone: 309-238-2155
            Neal Graves
            Phone: 309-912-6843
            Email: bzbeaver@hotmail.com

           ; Region 2 – Northeast Illinois
            Chris Kaforski
           Phone: 815-496-3422
 
            Region 4 – West-Central Illinois
            Jaime Larrea
            Phone: 217-652-9207
            Email: jplarrea1@comcast.net
            Dean Corgiat
           Phone: 217-491-0936
            Email: dcorgiat@gmail.com
           Timothy M. Kelley
           Phone: 217-415-4347
            Email: tmkelley69@att.net

117. League of Illinois Bicyclists
The League of Illinois Bicyclist is a state-wide, not-for-profit organization that advocates for the improvement of bicycling conditions in Illinois. They advocate for the development of hiking and biking trails and the improvement of bike-friendly roadways. They also work to educate the public on safety issues concerning cyclists.

           Address: 
           Ed Barsotti, Executive Director
           2550 Cheshire Drive
           Aurora, Illinois 60504
           Phone: 630-978-0583
           Email: lib@bikeLIB.org

           District 3:
           District 3 of the League of Illinois Bicyclists serves the following counties: Bureau, DeKalb
           Mike Bentley
           Phone: 630-554-8806
           Email: coachmb@ameritech.net
 
           District 4:
           District 4 of the League of Illinois Bicyclists serves the following counties: Fulton, Henderson
           Mike Pula
           Phone: 309-264-9396
           Email: mikepula@gmail.com

           District 6:
           District 6 of the League of Illinois Bicyclists serves the following counties: Adams, Brown, Cass, Christian.
           Bill Donnels
           Phone: 217-546-8036
           Email: sbdonels@gmail.com
           Karl Kohlrus
           Phone: 217-544-8410
           kkohlrus@comcast.net

           District 8:
           District 8 of the League of Illinois Bicyclists serves the following counties: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton
           George Fero
           Phone: 618-537-8873
           Email: gfero@charter.net

118. Mackinaw Canoe Club of Central Illinois

The Mackinaw Canoe Club is a regional organization of amateur paddling enthusiasts who live along the river. The group frequently organizes club trips along multiple waterways, often sponsoring 30 trips each year. The group also sponsors classes on canoe and kayak operation and safety which are held annually at the RiverPlex Center in Peoria, Ill., in February and March.

Email: lorrieprothero@hotmail.com
Forum: http://www.rivers-end.org/mccforum/

119. National Wild Turkey Federation

The National Wild Turkey Federation is an organization of hunters who work to preserve the sport of hunting and its heritage, along with the natural areas that are used for hunting. Their conservation efforts have helped to conserve almost 17 million acres of habitat for the wild turkey, which was once an endangered species. Information on their conservation projects and on the sport of hunting can be found on their website.

Address:
National Wild Turkey Federation
PO Box 530
Edgefield, SC 29824
Phone: 800-843-6983 or 803-637-3106
Email: info@nwtf.net

120. Prairie State Canoeists

Prairie State Canoeists is a large canoeing and kayaking club that operates throughout the Midwest, with its primary membership concentrated in Chicago. The organization sponsors over 150 canoeing and kayaking trips each year and sponsors annual training trips featuring certified instructors. The club is also actively involved in river clean-up programs and the promotion of recreation.

Contact:
Brad DeArk, Chair
Phone: 847-494-3830

121. Trailnet

Trailnet promotes biking, hiking, and walking activities. The organization partners with local areas to create streets, sidewalks, and trails where it is safe for individuals to bike and walk.

Address:
411 N 10th Street, Suite 202
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-436-1324
Email: info@trailnet.org


XV.  Science and Research

122. Illinois National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC)

The Center's scholars and scientists study the ecology of the big rivers, the workings of the watersheds that feed them, and the ties to the river communities that use them.
Goals and Functions
• Conduct research that makes significant contributions to our understanding of big rivers and their watersheds.
• Actively solicit community and other stakeholder input to ensure that our research is truly relevant and responsive to societal needs.
• Build and disseminate a corpus of research and expertise that contributes to sound river management and the continuing sustainability of healthy and productive big river systems.
• Promote the use of adaptive management and continuous improvement strategies that regularly apply lessons learned from the river/watershed sites to ongoing management practices and continuing research.
• Develop and implement education and outreach programs that a) foster a greater understanding and appreciation for the great rivers and b) extend and apply knowledge gained from the research to protect and sustain the quality of river environments.

Address:
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
Lewis and Clark Community College
One Confluence Way
East Alton, IL 62024
Phone: 618-468-2990
Fax: 618-468-2899

123. Illinois Natural History Survey

The mission of the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) is to investigate and document the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and to acquire and provide natural history information that can be used to promote the common understanding, conservation, and management of these resources.

Address:
Illinois Natural History Survey
1816 South Oak Street, MC 652
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-6880
Fax: (217) 244-0802
Email: general@inhs.uiuc.edu

124. Illinois State Geological Survey – Prairie Research Institute

The ISGS is a premier state Geological Survey serving the needs of Illinois with earth science information relevant to the State's environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. Some 200 scientists and technical support staff conduct basic and applied research in geology, compile geologic maps, and gather and manage the state's geological data to provide information to industry, governmental agencies and the public about the geology and mineral resources of Illinois.

Address:
615 E. Peabody Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Phone: 217-333-4747

125. Illinois State Water Survey – Prairie Research Institute

The Illinois State Water Survey has been a leader in the study of water resources for more than a century. Our research and service programs provide citizens, industries, and government agencies at all levels with timely, science-based information and analysis necessary to manage our water resources wisely for economic development and a sustainable environment.

Director: Misganaw Demissie

Address:
Illinois State Water Survey
2204 Griffith Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820-7463
Phone: 217-333-2210

126. Illinois Sustainable Technology Center – Prairie Research Institute

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is a Division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.  ISTC is a change agency that performs research, spreads awareness, and facilitates implementation regarding practices, technology and systems that improve sustainability. The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (formerly the Waste Management and Research Center) has been providing assistance to Illinois businesses and the public since 1985. Services offered include: sophisticated analytical laboratory support, a library and clearinghouse on environmental and pollution prevention issues, technical assistance, and research funding to explore a wide range of issues impacting waste management in Illinois. ISTC has offices in Champaign, Oak Brook, Peoria, and Brighton.

Address:
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
1 Hazelwood Dr
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-333-8940
E-mail: webmaster@istc.illinois.edu

127. The Science Advisory Committee

The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) addresses scientific issues related to Illinois’ rivers. SAC works under the direction of the three River Coordinating Councils in Illinois. SAC is charged with advising the Councils on management of the four watersheds in Illinois and providing the Councils with information on important scientific and technical issues that relate to the rivers.

Contact:
Chairman, Dr. Nani Bhowmik
Email: nbhowmik@illinois.edu

128. United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The USGS provides current and historical data on multiple subjects such as streamflow, ground water, water quality, and precipitation. This data is provided to the public and multiple governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations to help those entities to understand our natural resources. This data can be used to prepare the public, as well as governmental and private entities, for natural disasters.

Address:
USGS National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192
Phone: 703-648-5953
For the State Office of the USGS, see Illinois Water Science Center.

129. Illinois Water Science Center

Today, the USGS is known for its long-term and extensive data-collection networks, and research of water, mapping, biology and geology issues in Illinois and throughout the Nation. These efforts provide policy makers, managers, and scientists, and the general public with information needed to understand and make decisions about the State of Illinois' natural resources.
The USGS, Illinois Water Science Center, primarily addresses water issues. These include flooding and surface- and ground-water quality. The USGS, Illinois Water Science Center investigates the occurrence, distribution, quantity, movement, and chemical and biological quality of Illinois' surface and ground water. – Doug Yeskis, USGS Illinois Water Science Center
 
Address:
Illinois Water Science Center
1201 W. University Ave, Suite 100
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-328-8747

XVI.  Soil and Water Conservation Districts along the Illinois

Across the United States, nearly 3000 conservation districts -- almost one in every county -- are helping local people to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources.
Known in various parts of the country as "soil and water conservation districts," "resource conservation districts," "natural resource districts," "land conservation committees" and similar names, they share a single mission: to coordinate assistance from all available sources -- public and private, local, state and federal -- in an effort to develop locally driven solutions to natural resource concerns.
More than 15,000 volunteers serve in elected or appointed positions on conservation districts' governing boards. They work directly with more than 2.3 million cooperating land managers nationwide, and their efforts touch more than 778 million acres of private land.
Among other things, conservation districts help:
• implement farm conservation practices to keep soil in the fields and out of waterways;
• conserve and restore wetlands, which purify water and provide habitat for birds, fish and numerous other animals.
• protect groundwater resources;
• plant trees and other land cover to hold soil in place, clean the air, provide cover for wildlife and beautify neighborhoods;
• help developers and homeowners manage the land in an environmentally sensitive manner; and
• reach out to communities and schools to teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation efforts.”
- The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts

130. The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts
The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD), is a grass roots organization formed in 1948. It is made up and serves Illinois' 98 member Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). The AISWCD's board members are representatives from local SWCD's. Each local District is governed by an elected five member board. Members of each local board represent their district at the Land Use Council (LUC) level. Each of the 16 Council's elects one Director to the voting body of the AISWCD Board of Directors.

Address:
4285 N. Walnut Street Road
Springfield, IL 62707
Phone: (217)744-3414
Fax: (217)744-3420

131. Brown County SWCD
511 East Main
Mt. Sterling, IL 62353
Phone: 217-773-3993 x3
Fax: 217-773-2236

132. Bureau County  SWCD
312 East Backbone Road
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815-875-8732 x3
Fax: 815-872-1365

133. Calhoun County SWCD
RR2, Box 80
Hardin, IL 62047
Phone: 618-576-2717 x3
Fax: 618-576-2328

134. Cass County SWD
652 S. Main Street
Virginia, IL 62691
Phone: 217-452-3535 x3
Fax: 217-452-3553

135. Fulton County SWD
15381 N State Highway 100
Lewistown, IL 61542
Phone: 309-547-2215 x3
Fax: 309-547-2235

136. Greene County SWD
RR 3, Box 129
Carrollton, IL 62016
Phone: 217-942-5464 x3
Fax: 217-942-6225

137. Grudy County SWD
3605 N IL Rt 47, Suite B
Morris, IL 60450
Phone: 815-942-0359 x3
Fax: 815-942-5379
Email: grundycountyswcd@yahoo.com

138. Jersey County SWCD
604 E Franklin
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-3712 x3
Fax: 618-498-2556
Email: jerseyswcd@yahoo.com

139. Kendall County SWD
7775A Route 47
Yorkville, 60560
Phone: 630-5543-5821 x3
Fax: 630-553-7442

140. LaSalle County SWD
1691 N. 31st Road
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0551 x3
Fax: 815-433-0665

141. Marshall-Putnam County SWD
1511 University Court
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-3913 x3
Fax: 309-364-3802

142. Mason County SWD
930 E Laurel, Suite B
Havana, IL 62644
Phone: 309-543-6075 x3
Fax: 309-543-3154

143. Morgan County SWD
1904 W Lafayette
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Phone: 217-243-1535 x3
Fax: 217-245-0371

144. Peoria County SWD
6715 N Smith Road
Edwards, IL 61528
Phone: 309-671-7040 x3
Fax: 309-671-7325

145. Pike County SWD
1319 W Washington
Pittsfield , IL 62363
Phone: 217-285-5448 x3
Fax: 217-285-6121

146. Putnam County SWD (See Marshall-Putnam County SWD)

147. Schuyler County SWD
715 Macomb Road
Rushville, IL 62681
Phone: 217-322-3359 x3
Fax: 217-322-4988

148. Scott County SWD
656 N Main St
Winchester, IL 62694
Phone: 217-742-9561 x3
Fax: 217-742-3369

149. Tazewell County SWD
1440 Valle Vista Blvd., Suite B
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: 309-346-4462 x3
Fax: 309-346-4223

150. Woodford County SWD
937 W Center St
Eureka, IL 61530
Phone: 309-467-2308 x3
Fax: 309-467-2660


XVII.  Transportation

151. Illinois Department of Transportation

The Illinois Department of Transportation works to ensure that public transportation systems are safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. IDOT also regulates the transportation of hazardous materials; provides funding for the construction of new roads and trails, public transport systems, and airports; and maintains transportation systems that are already in place.

           
           Address:
           2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
           Springfield, IL 62764
           Phone: 217-782-7820

           District 3:
           District 3 of IDOT serves the following counties: Bureau, DeKalb, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee.
            700 East Norris Drive
           Ottawa, IL 61350
           Phone: 815-434-6131

           District 4:
           District 4 of IDOT serves the following counties: Fulton, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Marsh.
           401 Main
           Peoria, IL 61602
           Phone: 309-671-3333

           District 6:
           District 6 of IDOT serves the following counties: Adams, Brown, Cass, Christian, Hancock, Logan. 
           Address: 126 East Ash
           Springfield, IL 62704
           Phone: 217-782-7301

           District 8:
           District 8 of IDOT serves the following counties: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Green, Jersey, Madison, Marion.
           Address: 1102 Eastport Plaza Drive
           Collinsville, IL 62234
           Phone: 618-346-3110

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152. US Department of Transportation – Maritime Administration

The Maritime Administration agency, part of the US Department of Transportation, is charged with managing all waterborne transportation.
The Maritime Administration works in many areas involving ships and shipping, shipbuilding, port operations, vessel operations, national security, environment, and safety. The Maritime Administration is also charged with maintaining the health of the merchant marine, since commercial mariners, vessels, and intermodal facilities are vital for supporting national security, and so the agency provides support and information for current mariners, extensive support for educating future mariners, and programs to educate America's young people about the vital role the maritime industry plays in the lives of all Americans.

Address:
US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration
West Building
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 1-800-996-2723

153. USDOT – Maritime Administration – Great Lakes Gateway

The Maritime Administration’s Great Lakes Gateway, in Chicago, IL, is responsible for portions of eight states, including northern Illinois. The Great Lakes Gateway focuses on mitigation of congestion on the waterways, protection of the environment, security on the waterways and ports, education, promotion of the Maritime Transportation System, promotion of mariner employment in the Great Lakes region, and oversight of the Maritime Administration’s Fire Training Center.

Address:
US Department of Transportation, Maritime administration
Great Lakes Gateway Office
500 West Madison Street, Suite 1110
Chicago, IL 60661
Contact:
Floyd Miras, Director
Phone: 312-353-1032
Fax: 312-353-1036
Email: Floyd.Miras@dot.gov

154. USDOT – Maritime Administration – Inland Waterways Gateway

The Maritime Administration’s Inland Waterways Gateway, in St. Louis, MO, is responsible for portions of fifteen states, including southern Illinois. The office focuses on: “shallow draft inland marine transportation, inland ports, inland intermodal issues and inland marine security.

Contact:
William K. Paape, Director

Address:
US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration
Upper Mississippi Office
1222 Spruce St., Suite 2.202F
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: 314-539-6783
Fax: 314-539-6787
Email: William.Paape@dot.gov


XVIII.  Water Management and Wastewater Treatment

155. Illinois American Water

Illinois American Water is a water and wastewater company with major service areas across the state of Illinois. It serves approximately 1.2 million people, in 126 communities. Illinois American Water is a subsidiary of American Water, which serves approximately 15 million people in over 30 states.

Address:
Illinois American Water
300 North Water Works Drive
Belleville, IL 62223
Phone: 1-800-422-2782
Email: infoil@amwater.com


XVIV. Water Security

156. US Coast Guard – District 8

The core missions of the US Coast Guard are: ports, waterways, and coastal security; drug interdiction; aids to navigation; search and rescue; living marine resources; marine safety; defense readiness; migrant interdiction; marine environmental protection; ice operations; and law enforcement.

Address:
Commander
Eighth Coast Guard District
Hale Boggs Federal Building
500 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-589-6225

Notices for Mariners:
U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center
7323 Telegraph Road
Alexandria, VA 22310
Telephone: 703-313-5800

XIX.  River and Watershed Entities

157. Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association

The Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association (MICRA) is an organization which was created in 1991 to support interstate cooperation in management of the Mississippi River Basin’s interjurisdictional fishery resources. MICRA combines 28 state natural resource departments from the 31 states that the Mississippi River watershed drains. By doing so, MICRA is able to support discussion among the agencies, which improves conservation and management efforts in the watershed.

MICRA Chairman
Ron Benjamin
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources
Phone: 608-785-9012
MICRA Coordinator
Greg Conover
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Phone: 618-997-6869 x18

Address:
MICRA
9053 Route 148
Marion, Illinois 62959
158. The Illinois River Coordinating Council

The Illinois River Coordinating Council (MRCC) is one of three River Coordinating Councils in Illinois, along with the Mississippi River Coordinating Council and the Wabash and Ohio Rivers Coordinating Council. These three councils are chaired by the Lt. Governor of Illinois, and are charged with coordinating initiatives, projects, and funding for the rivers and their watersheds. These councils also address pertinent issues for their watersheds in order to promote the ecological health of the rivers in Illinois. The IRCC was established in 1997 by the Illinois River Restoration Act (20 ILCS 3967).

Contact:
Marc Ayers, Rivers Policy Director
 
Marc Ayers
Office of the Lt Governor
401 S. Spring St.
Stratton Building 414
Springfield, IL 62706
Email: marc.ayers@illinois.gov