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MRCC Organizational Resources 

 

Below is a list of local, state, federal, and non-profit organizations that are working in the Mississippi 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
State/Federal Agencies
Non-Governmental 
 III. Conservation
State/Federal Agencies
Non-Governmental 
 IV. Economic Development
 V. Education
 VI. Emergency Management
 VII. Environmental Protection / Water Quality
State/Federal Agencies
Non-Governmental 
 VIII. Fish and Wildlife
Interstate Partnerships
State/Federal Agencies
Non-Governmental 
IX. Fish & Wildlife Refuges / Nature Centers
X. Forest and Parks
XI. Funding Sources / Grants
XII. Historic & Cultural Sites
XIII. Hydrology
XIV. Legal / Environmental Advocacy
XV. Recreation and Hunting
State/Federal Agencies
Non-Governmental 
 XVI. Science and Research
 XVII. Soil and Water Conservation Districts along the Mississippi
 XVIII. Transportation
 XIX. Visitors Centers
 XX. Water Districts
XXI. Water Security
XXII. Watershed & River Entities















































I.  Advocate Groups

1. 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

2.  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
100 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1010
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-224-8007

3.  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.”

Adress:
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

4.  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

5.   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

6.  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

7.  USDA – Rural Development

USDA Rural Development works to improve the economy and quality of life in rural areas.

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. 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:

8.  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

9. 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.

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

10.   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

11.   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

12.   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
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

13.  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
            402 North Kays Drive
            Normal, Illinois 61761
            Phone: 309-452-0830
            E-Mail: matt.bunger@il.usda.gov

            Roger Staff, Grass Land Specialist
            1111 East Harris Ave.
            Greenville, Illinois 62246
            E-Mail: roger.staff@il.usda.gov

14.   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

(A link to contact information for all county Farm Bureaus can be found on the IFB website.)

Ad
dress: 
Illinois Farm Bureau State Office
1701 North Towanda Avenue
Bloomington, Illinois 61701.
Phone: (309) 557-2111
Fax: (309) 557-2641

15.   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

16.  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

17.  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 new 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

State and Federal Agencies:

18. 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.

            Cache River Ecosystem Partnership
            Randy Holbrook, Ecosystem Administrator
            Address: Randy Holbrook
            IDNR Region 4 Office
            4521 Alton Commerce Parkway
            Alton, IL 62002
            Phone: 618-462-2424 x 131
            Fax: 618-462-2424
            Email: Randy.Holbrook@illinois.gov

            Ozark Hills Ecosystem Partnership
            Randy Holbrook, Ecosystem Administrator
            Address: Randy Holbrook
            IDNR Region 4 Office
            4521 Alton Commerce Parkway
            Alton, IL 62002
            Phone: 618-462-2424 x 131
            Fax: 618-462-2424
            Email: Randy.Holbrook@illinois.gov

            Lower Kaskaskia River Ecosystem Partnership
            Norm Etling, Chair
            Address: Lower Kaskaskia River / Silver Creek Partnership
            c/o Southwestern Illinois RC&D
            406 E. Main Street
            Mascoutah, IL 62258
            Phone: 618-632-1406 x3
            Email: engineering@shilohil.org

            American Bottom Ecosystem Partnership
            Randy Holbrook, Ecosystem Administrator
            Address: Randy Holbrook
            IDNR Region 4 Office
            4521 Alton Commerce Parkway
            Alton, IL 62002
            Phone: 618-462-2424 x 131
            Fax: 618-462-2424
            Email: Randy.Holbrook@illinois.gov

            Big Rivers Ecosystem Partnership
            Alley Ringhausen, Chair
            Address: Piasa Creek Watershed Project
            PO Box 821
            Alton, IL 62002
            Phone: 618-467-2265
            Email: pcwp@huges.net

            LaMoine River Ecosystem Partnership
            Martha Sheppard
            Address: 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

            Mississippi Western Five Ecosystem Partnership
            Robert Yarde, Chair
            Address: 1504 280th Ave
            Alexis, IL 61412
            Phone: 309-482-6110
            Email: yarde504@accessus.net

            Lower Rock River Ecosystem Partnership
            Larry Reed, Chair
            Address: 814 Fourth Ave
            Dixon, IL 61021
            Phone: 815-288-4674
            Email: reedle@grics.net

            Driftless Area Ecosystem Partnership
            Madelyn Wilharm, Chair
            Address: Driftless Area Partnership
            PO Box 67
            Elizabeth, IL 61028
            Phone: 815-777-2000
            Email: gtacommittee@thegalenaterritory.com

19.   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

20.   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.

Website for Program Offices

            Springfield
            One Natural Resources Way
            Springfield, IL 62702-1271
            Phone: 217-782-6302

            Region III Office – East-Central Illinois
            IDNR Region III Office
            15676 State Highway 54
            Clinton, IL 61727
            Phone: 217-935-6860

            Region V Office – Southern Illinois
            IDNR Region V Office
            11731 State Highway 37
            Benton, IL 62812
            Phone: 618-435-8138

21.   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

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

22.   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:

23.   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:
            American Rivers
            1101 14th Street NW
            Suite 1400
            Washington, DC 20005
            Phone: 202-347-7550
            Fax: 202-347-9240

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

24.   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
Phone: 212-979-3000

25.   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

26. The Confluence Greenway

The Confluence focuses conservation, heritage, and recreation efforts on the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Their conservation programs include Trash Bash, to fight pollution, and Eagle Days, to draw attention to the natural habitat the bald eagle requires. The Confluence also focuses on drawing attention to the rich heritage of this area at sites like the Gateway Arch and Cahokia Mounds. The Confluence also protects the immense amounts of recreation in the area and promotes activities such as hiking, biking, fishing and birding.

Address:
 411 North 10th Street, Suite 202
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-436-1324
Fax: 314-436-9215
Email: contactus@confluencegreenway.org

27.   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

28. Great Rivers Land Trust

Great Rivers Land Trust (GRLT) is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of natural resources in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region. Our organization protects over 3,000 acres of open space and wildlife habitat through ownership or conservation easements. GRLT is involved in a variety of community initiatives including wetland enhancement, reforestation projects, riparian buffers, park design/development and historic site protection. One of the land trust's central goals is protecting the Mississippi River and the land of its watershed.

Address: Great Rivers Land Trust
PO Box 821
Alton, IL 62002
Phone: 618-467-2265
Email: greatriversland@gmail.com

29. Greenway Network, Inc.
Greenway Network is a non-profit organization working in the St. Louis region. The organization focuses on the conservation of natural resources and the management of watersheds. Greenway Network also focuses on the development of sustainable infrastructure that has a low impact on the environment.

Address: Greenway Network, Inc.
215 Indacom Drive
St. Peters, MO 63376
Phone: 636-498-0772
Email: greenwaynetwork@gmail.com

30.   Izaak Walton League of America

The mission o 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

31. Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation

The foundation serves Jo Daviess County, Ill. and its surrounding areas. It serves as an education partner for conservation. It also works with landowners who would like to join conservation registries or easement agreements, as well as landowners who would like to donate parcels of land to the foundation. The Jo Daviess Foundation is a member of the Mississippi Blufflands Alliance.
The conservation foundation owns multiple reserves, including: the Buehler Preserve, the Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve, Horseshoe Mound, the Keough Effigy Land and Water Reserve, the Schurmeier Teaching Forest, and the the Wapello Land and Water Reserve.

Address: 126 N. Main Street
Elizabeth, Illinois 61028
Phone: 815-858-9100
Fax: 815-858-9201
Email: info@jdcf.org

32.   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

33. 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, US Army Corps of Engineers

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

34. Mississippi Valley Conservancy

“Mississippi Valley Conservancy is a regional, non-profit land trust based in La Crosse that has permanently conserved more than 14,000 acres of blufflands, prairies, wetlands, and streams in southwestern Wisconsin since its founding in 1997.
MVC works with private landowners and local communities on voluntary conservation projects in nine counties along or near the Mississippi River: Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, Crawford, Richland and Grant Counties.
The Conservancy uses voluntary tools such as conservation easements, land acquisitions, and a landowner registry program to protect lands for their ecology, scenic beauty, outdoor recreation potential, and prime agricultural soils.  MVC works hard to restore native natural communities by removing invasive species and conducting prescribed burns.  Additionally, the Conservancy provides hand-on learning experiences in the outdoors for thousands of young people and works to foster a conservation ethic.”

Address: Mississippi Valley Conservancy
201 Main Street Suite 1001
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-784-3606
Email: info@mississippivalleyconservancy.org

35.   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

36.   The Natural Land Institute

We are one of the oldest private conservation groups in the Midwest. We are a member supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving land and natural diversity for future generations. 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

37.   The Nature Conservancy

An international conservation agency with the goal of protecting land and water resources. Illinois- specific information is available here.

            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

38.   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

39.   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

40. 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

41.   Shawnee Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc.

The Shawnee RC&D Area, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving the southern 16 counties of Illinois. Our mission is to provide local leadership and the framework required to develop and carry out a plan of action for the conservation, development, and wise use of the resources within the RC&D area.  For the past 43 years our focus has been conservation and economic development related to the natural resource base – the landscape that serves as the basis and backdrop for quality living in Southern Illinois.

The Shawnee is one of 375 locally sponsored, federally authorized RC&D Areas designated by the Secretary of Agriculture to receive technical and financial assistance program funds through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  RC&D Areas are governed by volunteer Councils and assisted by a federal Coordinator provided through an agreement with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

The Shawnee RC&D Council is currently made up of appointed representatives from 16 County Boards, 14 Soil & Water Conservation Districts, four River Conservancy Districts and several at-large members who have been elected to the Council.  The area includes Jackson, Williamson, Saline, Gallatin, Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Pulaski, Massac, Franklin, Hamilton, White, Perry, and Jefferson Counties.

Address:
Shawnee RC&D Area, Inc.
Rt. 1 Box 256
Simpson, IL 62985
Phone: 618-944-1736
Email: info@shawneercd.org

42. The Upper Mississippi River Blufflands Alliance (UMRBA)

The Blufflands Alliance is an alliance of six land conservation organizations along the Upper Mississippi River. The organization has worked to protect over 50,000 acres of land in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. The organization focuses on positively impacting the water quality; the Mississippi River’s native species and its status as an important flyway for migratory birds; the food supply of the region; and recreation for the Blufflands Region.
There is no centralized office for the Alliance, so it is best to contact the partner working within your region.
     Address:
     Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation
     AddressL 126 North Main Street
     PO Box 216
     Elizabeth, IL 61028
     Phone: (815) 858-9100
     E-mail: info@jdcf.org
     Address:
     Natural Land Institute
     Address: 320 South Third Street
     Rockford, IL 61104
     Phone: (815) 964-6666 
      E-mail: NLI@aol.com
     Web: http://www.naturalland.org

43. Upper Mississippi Conservation Committee (UMRCC)

The Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee (UMRCC), consists of natural resource managers from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. It was created in 1943 to promote a continuing cooperation between conservation agencies on the Upper Mississippi River.
Coordinator: Scott Yess

Address:
555 Lester Avenue
Onalaska, WI 54650
Phone: 608-783-8432
Email: umrcc@mississippi-river.com
Find the next meeting: http://www.umrcc.org/What's%20New.html

44. 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 


IV. Economic Development

45. 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

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 DCEO Director's Office James R. Thompson Center100 W. Randolph Chicago , IL  60601  Phone: 312-814-7179  TTY: 800-785-6055

46. 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

47. 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: http://www.eeai.net/board.htm

 

VI.  Emergency Management

48. 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: http://www.state.il.us/iema/contacts/contact_region.htm

49. 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

50. 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

51. The Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center

The Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center is managed by the National Weather Service. The service is an interactive mapping of flood levels along the Lower Mississippi River and portions of the Ohio River, showing the public where levels are elevated. 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.

52. 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

53. 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

54. 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 Protection / Water Quality

Federal and State Agencies:

55. 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:
Central Management Services
500 Stratton Office Building
Springfield, Illinois 62706
Phone: (217) 524-1321
TDD: (217) 524-1383

56. 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

57.
 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!

58.  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.

Find your regional office for pollution issues here

Find your regional office for drinking water issues here

Bureau Chief: Marcia T. Willhite
Phone: 217-782-1654

59. Environment 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

60. 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

61. 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

62. 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

63. 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:

     Blackhawk Group
     The Blackhawk Group operates in the following counties on the main stem of the Mississippi River: Jo Daviess, parts of Carroll, and parts of Whiteside.

     Eagle View Group
     The Eagle View Group operates in the following counties on the main stem of the Mississippi River: parts of Carroll, parts of Whiteside, Rock Island, and     
     parts of Mercer.

     Heart of Illinois Group
     The Heart of Illinois Group operates in the following counties on the main stem of the Mississippi River: parts of Mercer, Henderson, and Hancock.

     The Sangamon Valley Group
     The Sangamon Valley Group operates in the following counties on the main stem of the Mississippi River: Adams, Pike, and parts of Calhoun.

     The Piasa Palisades Group
     The Piasa Palisades Group operates in the following counties on the main stem of the Mississippi River: parts of Calhoun, Jersey, and Madison.

     The Kaskaskia Group
     The Kaskaskia Group operates in the following counties on the main stem of the Mississippi River: St. Clair, Monroe, Randolph, and parts of Jackson.

     The Shawnee Group
     The Shawnee Group operates in the following counties on the main stem of the Mississippi River: parts of Monroe, parts of Randolph, Jackson, Union, and 
     Alexander.

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

64. 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


VIII.  Fish and Wildlife

Federal and State Agencies:

65. Federal Wildlife Service
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

Address:
BHW Federal Building
1 Federal Drive
Ft. Snelling, MN 55111
Phone: 612-713-5301
E-mail: tom_melius@fws.gov

66. 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

 

67. 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

68. 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

69. 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:

70. 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

71. 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

72. 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”).

73. 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

74. 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

75. 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

76. 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

77. American Fisheries Society (AFS)

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

78. Clarence Cannon and Great River National Wildlife Refuges

The Great River National Wildlife Refuge headquarters is located near the small town of Annada, Missouri, only 40 miles north of the sprawling St. Louis, Missouri suburbs. The Great River staff manages four large tracts of land along the Mississippi River - the Fox Island Division, the Long Island Division, the Delair Division and the Clarence Cannon NWR. The Great River NWR manages approximately 15,000 acres spread over 100 river miles.
The management practices on these lands vary and include providing habitat for migratory birds, protecting endangered and threatened species, and enhancing wood duck habitat. Great River lies within the Mississippi Flyway, a major corridor for migratory birds.

Refuge Manager: Robert Cail

Address:
PO Box 88
Annada, MO 63330
Phone: 573-847-2333
Phone: 618-763-4420x10
E-mail: Robert_cail@fws.gov

79. Friends of the Upper Mississippi Fishery Services

Friends of the Upper Mississippi Fishery Services is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and their fishery field stations. The organization provides volunteer services to the fisheries, educational programs to the public on aquatic issues and benefits, grants for educational opportunities, fundraising activities to support the fisheries, and fishing activities for children.

Contact:
Executive Committee Member, Michael Brown
Phone: 217-781-7341
Email: brownmtjc@charter.net

80. Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Refuges

The Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Refuges supports the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Their focus is advocacy and congressional outreach on behalf of the refuge.

Address:
Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Refuges
51 East Fourth Street, Room 101
Winona, Minnesota 55987.

President: Mark Schneden
Treasurer: Ken Visger
Board Member: Natalie Baugher

81. 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.

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

82. 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

83. 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

84. Sand Bluff Bird Observatory

Located within Colored Sands Forest Preserve in Northwest Winnebago County, Illinois, Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is one of the largest small-bird banding operations in the country that is open to the public. At Sand Bluff, as many as 4,000 Raptors And “songbirds” - warblers, sparrows, thrushes and finches - are banded each year.
Sand Bluff is primarily a research institute, but the facility has educational opportunities for visitors.

Address:
10602 Hass Road,
Durand, IL 61024
Phone: 815-629-2671
Email: info@sandbluff.org

85. Severson Dells Nature Center

The Nature Center lies within a 369-acre forest preserve in Rockford, County. The center features a butterfly garden and hiking trails for visitors, as well as educational programs on the species within the center.

Address:
Severson Dells Nature Center
8786 Montague Rd.
Rockford, IL 61102
Phone: 815-335-2915
Fax: 815-335-2471

86. 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

87. Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge - Savannah District

This 261 mile Refuge was established by an Act of Congress on June 7, 1924, as a refuge and breeding place for migratory birds, fish, wildlife, and plants.
The north end begins at the confluence of the Mississippi and Chippewa rivers near Wabasha, Minnesota and the south end is near Rock Island, Illinois. Just over 240,000 acres of wooded islands, marshes, and backwaters comprise the Refuge.
District Manager: Ed Britton

Address:
7071 Riverview Road
Thomson, IL 61285
Phone: 815-273-2732

88. Winnebago County Forest Preserve District

The district manages 40 individual forest preserves throughout Winnebago County. The forest preserve district acquires and manages natural resources and works to restore the habitat within those natural areas. Their website contains detailed information on each of the 40 forest preserves currently in the county and the facilities that they offer.

Address:
5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 815-877-6100
Fax: 815-877-6124
Email: wcfpd@wcfpd.org


X. Forests and Parks

89. 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 IV Office - West Central Illinois

            Address:
            4521 Alton Commerce Pkwy.
            Alton, IL 62002
            Phone: 618-462-1181 
            Region V Office - Southern Illinois

            Address:
            11731 State Highway 37
            Benton, IL 62812
            Phone: 618-435-8138 

            Program Offices here!

90. 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

91. 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

92. 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

93. Shawnee National Forest

A 280,000 acre national forest that spans between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in Southern Illinois. The Shawnee National Forest is the only national forest located in Illinois.

Address:
Shawnee National Forest Headquarters
50 Hwy 145 South
Harrisburg, IL  62946
Phone: (618) 253-7114
Email: mailroom_r9_shawnee@fs.fed.us

94. State Parks Near the Mississippi

            Big River State Park
            Address:
            
R.R. #2, Box 27
            Oquawka, IL 61469
            Phone: 309-374-2496
            E-Mail: dnr.bigriver@illinois.gov

            Horseshoe Lake State Park
            Address:
            3321 Highway 111
            Granite City, IL 62040
            Phone: 618-931-0270
            E-Mail: dnr.R4parks@illinois.gov

            Mississippi Palisades State Park 
            Address:
            16327A IL Rte. 84 
            Savanna, IL 61074
            Phone: 815-273-2731
            E-mail: dnr.Mississippipalisades@illinois.gov

            Morrison-Rockwood State Park
            Address:
            18750 Lake Road 
            Morrison, IL 61270 
            Phone: 815.772.4708
            E-mail: dnr.morrison@illinois.gov

            Nauvoo State Park
            Address:
            P.O. Box 426 
            Nauvoo, IL 62354 
            Phone: 217-453-2512
            E-mail: dnr.r4parks@illinois.gov

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

            Siloam Springs State Park
            Address:
            938 E. 3003rd Lane 
                        Clayton, IL 62324 
            Phone: 217-894-6205 
            E-mail: dnr.r4parks@illinois.gov

            South Shore State Park
            Address:
            South Shore State Park
            c/o Eldon Hazlet SRA 
            20100 Hazlet Park Rd. 
            Carlyle, IL 62231 
            Phone: 618-594-3015
            E-mail: dnr.r4parks@illinois.gov


XI. Funding Sources / Grants

95. 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. The group has a fund specifically allocated to conservation programs along the Mississippi River and its watershed.

Address:
Midwest Regional Office
P.O. Box 506
Sawyer, MI 49125
Phone: (269) 426-8825
Fax: (269) 426-4067
Information on the Mississippi River Revolving Fund: http://www.conservationfund.org/mississippi_river_revolving_fund

96. 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

97. 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

XII.  Historic and Cultural Sites

98. Black Hawk State Historic Site

The Black Hawk State Historic Site borders the Rock River in Rock Island County. The area was first occupied by Indians nearly 12,000 years ago, and the Sauk and Meskwaki Indians inhabited the land for nearly a century, beginning around 1730. The Historic Site contains a museum of Native American life, as well as a nature center and six miles of hiking trails. In total, the Black Hawk State Historic Site is 208-acres of wooded lands. Nearly 175 species of birds can be found in the area, as well as 30 wildflower species. During winter months, cross-country skiing is available on some of the hiking trails.

Address:
1510 46th Ave.
Rock Island, IL 61021
Phone: 309-788-0177
Fax: 309-788-9865

99. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Cahokia Mounds is the remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico. The area is a 2,200-acre tract of land that contains archaeological remains of the settlement, which was inhabited from A.D. 700 to 1400. The Historic Site contains an interpretive center, where visitors can learn about Cahokia and its ancient civilization. Visitors can also learn to throw spears, play ancient games, and climb the mounds for a view of the surrounding area. The Cahokia Mounds website contains educational information for visitors as well as tools for teachers.

Address:
30 Ramey Street
Collinsville, IL 62234
Phone: 618-346-5160
Email: cahokia.mounds@sbcglobal.net

100. Cairo Custom House Museum

The Cairo Custom House was built after Cairo became a Port of Delivery in 1854. A Surveyor of Customs would inspect the goods that had passed the entry point in New Orleans and then collect the customs fees for the goods. The building was designed by Alfred Mullett, the supervising architect for the US Treasury, who also designed the San Francisco Mint, US Treasury Building, and old State Department in Washington, D.C. The Custom House has been restored and turned into a museum for visitors.

Address:
1400 Washington
Cairo, IL 62914
Phone: 618-734-9632
Contact for additional tour times:
Louise Ogg, 618-766-5407
Monica Smith, Cairo Public Library, 618-734-1840

101. Fort de Chartres

Fort de Chartres is the last of three forts that were erected near the Mississippi River by France’s colonial government. Fort de Chartres was built in the 1750s and abandoned in 1771, when it became clear that the resources were not available to protect the Fort from erosion by the Mississippi River. The Fort de Chartres Historical Site is a partial reconstruction of that site which shows visitors what life might have been like in the Fort. The Historic Site now holds tours, fairs, and shooting demonstrations annually, and is open for visitors throughout the year.

Address:
Fort de Chartres Historic Site
1350 State Rte. 155
Prairie du Rocher, IL 62277
Phone: 618-284-7230
Email: ftdchart@htc.net

102. Fort Kaskaskia

Fort Kaskaskia was constructed by the French in 1759 to defend the town of Kaskaskia. The Fort was used until 1807, but was never fully completed. The Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site also contains Garrison Hill Cemetery and an overlook onto the Mississippi River. Camping is available for visitors all year, as well as a picnic area and playground.

Address:
4372 Park Road
Ellis Grove, IL 62241
Phone: 618-859-3741

103. National Great Rivers Museum

The National Great Rivers Museum is located at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, and is operated by the St. Louis District of the USACE. Admission is free, and visitors can learn about the Mississippi River, the barges that travel the River, and the plant and animal life along the River. Visitors can also tour the Melvin Price Locks and Dam.

Address:
#2 Locks and Dam Way
Alton, IL 62002

104. Pierre Menard Home

The Pierre Menard Home was built in 1815 and overlooks the Mississippi River in Ellis Grove, Illinois. Visitors are able to tour the features of the home, including living spaces and furniture that match the time period. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
For visitors, it is important to note that tours are available in the winter season by appointment only.

Address:
4230 Kaskaskia Road
Ellis Grove, IL 66241
Phone: 618-859-3031
Tours: 618-284-7230

105. Villa Katherine

Villa Katherine is an Islamic villa, located along the Mississippi River, which was fashioned based on a Mediterranean style of architecture. The castle was built for George Metz, originally from Quincy, who based his home on the styles of villas he had seen in his travels. The castle has been restored and is now maintained by Friends of the Castle. The castle is open to the public for individual and group tours.

Address:
Villa Katherine
532 Gardner Expressway
PO Box 732
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone: 217-224-3688


XIII.  Hydrology

106. US Army Corps of Engineers - Great Lakes and Ohio River Region

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 


XIV.  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. 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: 312-663-9900Midwest Regional Office:
Email: nrdcinfo@nrdc.org


XV.  Recreation and Hunting

Federal and State Agencies:

111. 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 IV Office - West Central Illinois

          Address: 
          4521 Alton Commerce Pkwy.
          Alton, IL 62002
          Phone: 618-462-1181 
          Region V Office - Southern Illinois

          Address: 
          1731 State Highway 37
          Benton, IL 62812
          Phone: 618-435-8138 
          Website for Program Offices

112. 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

Non-Governmental:

113. The Confluence Greenway

The Confluence focuses conservation, heritage, and recreation efforts on the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Their conservation programs include Trash Bash, to fight pollution, and Eagle Days, to draw attention to the natural habitat the bald eagle requires. The Confluence also focuses on drawing attention to the rich heritage of this area at sites like the Gateway Arch and Cahokia Mounds. The Confluence also protects the immense amounts of recreation in the area and promotes activities such as hiking, biking, fishing and birding.

Address:

411 North 10th Street, Suite 202
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-436-1324
Fax: 314-436-9215
Email: contactus@confluencegreenway.org

114. 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.

115. 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 2:
            District 2 of the League of Illinois Bicyclists serves the following counties: Boone, Carroll, Henry
            Contact:
           
Chuck Oestreich
            Phone: 309-778-1845
            Email: oestreich@qconline.com

            District 4:
           
District 4 of the League of Illinois Bicyclists serves the following counties: Fulton,  
            Contact:
           
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.
            Contact:
           
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, Green 
            Contact:
           
George Fero
            Phone: 618-537-8873
            Email: gfero@charter.net

            District 9:
           
District 9 of the League of Illinois Bicyclists serves the following counties: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin.
            Contact:
           
Anne Johnson
            Phone: 618-687-2546
            Email: ajohnson2@siumed.edu

116. 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

117. 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


XIV.  Science and Research

118. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

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

119. 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

120. 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

121. 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

122. 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

123. 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

124. 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.

125. 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


XVII.  Soil and Water Conservation Districts along the Mississippi

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.
 

126. 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

127. Adams County SWCD

Address:
338 S. 36th St.
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone: 217-224-9305
Fax: 217-224-4969
Email: acsw1@hotmail.com

128. Calhoun County SWCD

Address:
RR2, Box 80
Hardin, IL 62047
Phone: 618-576-2717 x3
Fax: 618-576-2328

129. Carroll County SWCD

Address:
807C South Clay Street
Mt. Carroll, IL 61053
Phone: 815-244-8732 x3
Fax: 815-244-3836
Email: carrollcoswcd@gmail.com

130. Hancock County SWCD

Address:

110 Buchanan
Carthage, IL 62321
Phone: 217-357-2180 x3
Fax: 217-357-3412

131. Henderson County SWCD

Address:

323 E Main St
Stronghurst, IL 61480
Phone: 309-924-1167 x3
Fax: 309-924-1431

132. Jackson County SWCD

Address:

1213 N 14th St
Murphysboro, IL 62966
Phone: 618-684-3064 x3
Fax: 618-684-3980

133. Jersey County SWCD

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

134. Jo Daviess County SWCD

Address:
PO Box 502
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-3418 x3
Fax: 815-858-3694

135. Madison County SWCD

Address:
7205 Marine Road
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: 618-656-7300 x3
Fax: 618-656-5187

136. Mercer County SWCD

Address:

308 SE 8th Avenue
Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: 309-582-5153 x3
Fax: 309-582-5308

137. Monroe County SWCD

Address:
140 Williamsburg Lane
Waterloo, IL 62298
Phone: 618-939-6181 x3
Fax: 618-939-4647

138. Pike County SWCD

Address:

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

139. Pulaski-Alexander County SWCD

Address:
PO Box 159
Tamms, IL 62988
(UPS Address: 505 Front Street)
Phone: 618-747-2305 x3
Fax: 618-747-9210

140. Randolph County SWCD

Address:
313 W Belmont
Sparta, IL 62286
Phone: 618-443-4381 x3
Fax: 618-443-4699

141. Rock Island County SWCD

Address:
3020 E 1st Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-764-1486 x3
Fax: 309-764-1830

142. St. Clair County SWCD

Address:
2031 Mascoutah Rd
Belleville, IL 62220
Phone: 618-233-5583
Fax: 618-233-5028

143. Union County SWCD

Address:

201 Springfield Avenue, Suite C
Anna, IL 62906
Phone: 618-833-5666 x3
Fax: 618-833-3608

144. Whiteside County SWCD

Address:
USDA Bldg.
16255 Liberty St.
Morrison, IL 61270
Phone: 815-722-2124 x3
Fax: 815-722-7973


XVIII.  Transportation

145. 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.

            Main Address: 
            Illinois Department of Transportation
            2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
            Springfield, IL 62764
            Phone: 217-782-7820

            District 2:
            District 2 of IDOT serves the following counties: Boone, Carroll, Henry, JoDaviess, Lee, Ogle.
            Address: 
            819 Depot Ave
            Dixon, IL 61021
            Phone: 815-284-2271

            District 4:
            District 4 of IDOT serves the following counties: Fulton, Hender             
            Address: 
            401 Main
            Peoria, IL 61602
            Phone: 309-671-3333

            District 6:
           
District 6 of IDOT serves the following counties: Adams, Brown, Cass, Christian,  
            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. 
            Address: 
           
1102 Eastport Plaza Drive
            Collinsville, IL 62234
            Phone: 618-346-3110

            District 9:
            District 9 of IDOT serves the following counties: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin. 
            Address: 
            State Transportation Building, PO Box 100
            Carbondale, IL 62903
            Phone: 618-549-2171

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146. 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

147. 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.

Contact:
Floyd Miras, Director
Phone: 312-353-1032
Fax: 312-353-1036
Email: Floyd.Miras@dot.gov

Address:
US Department of Transportation, Maritime administration
Great Lakes Gateway Office
500 West Madison Street, Suite 1110
Chicago, IL 60661

148. 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
Phone: 314-539-6783
Fax: 314-539-6787
Email: William.Paape@dot.gov

Address:
US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration
Upper Mississippi Office
1222 Spruce St., Suite 2.202F
St. Louis, MO 63103 


XIX.  Visitor Centers

149. Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau provides information to tourists who are looking to travel around the Alton region and helps to plan their itineraries. The Visitors Bureau helps to promote tourism and build the economy in Alton and its surrounding region.

Address:
200 Piasa St.
Alton, IL 62002
Phone: 618-465-6676
1-800-ALTON-IL
Fax: 618-465-6151

150. Mississippi River Visitor Center

The Mississippi River Visitor Center is located on the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois. It is operated by the Rock Island District of the USACE. Visitors can get an incredible view of the Mississippi River on the observation deck, view native river fish, and learn how locks and dams operate at Locks and Dam 15.

Address:
Mississippi River Visitor Center
PO Box 2004
Rock Island, Illinois 61204-2004
Phone: 309-794-5338
Email: mvrodmn15@usace.army.mil


XX. Water Districts

151. Alexander-Cairo Port District

The Alexander-Cairo Port District serves all of Alexander County. It helps regulate water transportation and safety, build and maintain levees, and maintain the facilities along the waterways. The Alexander-Cairo Port District is governed by a Board of seven members: four appointed by the Governor of Illinois, one appointed by the Mayor of Cairo, and two appointed by the Chairperson of the Alexander County Board.

Contact:
Mike Caldwell
Chairman of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners

152. Jackson-Union Regional Port District

The Jackson-Union Regional Port District serves all of Jackson and Union Counties. It helps to develop and regulate harbors and facilities along the port, issues construction permits, removes objects that might hinder navigation along the waterway, and maintains the public airports in the area. The Jackson-Union Regional Port District is governed by a Board of 23 members. Four members are appointed by the Governor of Illinois, one is appointed by the Jackson County Board, and one is appointed by the Union County Board. Each of the remaining members is appointed by the Mayor of their respective municipalities, which include: Alto Pass, Anna, Ava, Campbell Hill, Carbondale, Cobden, Desoto, Dongola, Dowell, Elkville, Gorham, Grand Tower, Jonesboro, Makanda, Mill Creek, Murphysboro, and Vergennes.

Contact
William Batteau
Phone: 618-684-2673

153. Kaskaskia Regional Port District

The Kaskaskia Regional Port District serves the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers, as mandated by a state statute. The Board is appointed by the Governor of Illinois, and meets to discuss best practices for the two rivers.

Address:
Kaskaskia Regional Port District
154 S. Main St.
Red Bud, IL  62278
(618) 282-3807
Email: contact@kaskaskiaport.com

154. Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port District

The Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port District is charged with making recommendations to the Illinois General Assembly about changes or modifications that may be necessary to existing harbor plans and suggestions for development of port and intermodal facilities. It is also charged with the development and improvement of harbors, sea ports, and port-related facilities and services.
The Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port District serves the following counties: Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, Henderson, Mercer, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler and Scott.

Phone: 217-223-4313
Email: gredf@gredf.org

155. Southwest Regional Port District

The Southwest Regional Port District serves the townships of Canteen, Centerville, East St. Louis, Stites, and Sugar Loaf in St. Clair County. The Port District maintains the port, terminal, and airport facilities in that area. The Port District also serves to promote investment in the area. The Port District is governed by a board of seven members who are appointed by the Governor of Illinois.

Contact:
Linda Hay
Assistant to the Board
Phone: 618-286-1991
Email: lhayport@htc.net

156. Tri-City Regional Port District (America’s Central Port)

The Tri-City Regional Port District promotes industrial, commercial, and transportation activities in Madison County; the townships of Granite City, Venice, and Nameoki; and Choteau and Gaboret Islands. It is governed by a Board of Directors which has seven members: four appointed by the Governor, one appointed by the Mayor of Venice, one appointed by the Mayor of Madison, and one appointed by the Mayor of Granite City.

Address:
America’s Central Port
1635 West First Street
Granite City, Illinois 62040
Phone: 618-877-8444
Fax: 618-452-3402

157. Upper Mississippi River International Port District

The Upper Mississippi River International Port District is appointed by the Governor of Illinois and contains a administrative board of 5 members, each from the district. The Port District is charged with studying the conditions of the district, its existing harbor plans, and its infrastructure; as well as the possibilities of development in the district. That information is reported to the appropriate governmental agencies and the General Assembly in order to make changes that benefit the district.

Contact:
Teresa Kurtenbach
Northwest Regional Manager, DCEO
Phone: 309-794-1769
Email: Teresa.Kurtenbach@illinois.gov



XXI.  Water Security

158. 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:

     Address:

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

XXII.  Watershed and River Entities

159. Kaskaskia Watershed Association

The Kaskaskia River Watershed has worked to develop a management strategy for the watershed, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, IDNR, and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. The Kaskaskia Watershed Association also worked with IDNR to create the Illinois Conservation 2000 Ecosystem Partnership, which was a funding source for watershed issues.

Address:
Larry Hasheider
Kaskaskia Watershed Association, Inc.
406 E. Main Street
Mascoutah, IL 62258
Phone: 618-243-5514
Email: lhmh76@hotmail.com

160. Lower Kaskaskia Stakeholders, Inc.

The Lower Kaskaskia Stakeholders group works to facilitate conversation and partnership among interest groups along the basin. The group works toward a consensus on policies that would benefit the Basin and then work to put those policies into effect. Their major areas of concern include, “water quality, recreation, transportation, economic development, sediment and erosion control, fish and wildlife.” All groups with interest in the river are able to apply for membership.

Address:
Lower Kaskaskia Stakeholders, Inc.
C/O Kaskaskia Regional Port District
154 South Main St.
Red Bud, IL 62278
Email: info@lksi.org
President: Patricia Wetzel
Phone: 618-939-7621

161. 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.

            Address: 
            MICRA
            9053 Route 148
            Marion, Illinois 62959
            MICRA Chairman
            Ron Benjamin

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

162. The Mississippi River Coordinating Council

The Mississippi River Coordinating Council (MRCC) is one of three River Coordinating Councils in Illinois, along with the Illinois 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 MRCC was established in 2010 by the Mississippi River Coordinating Council Act (20 ILCS 4003).

Contact:
Marc Ayers, Rivers Policy Analyst

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

163. The Mississippi River Parkway Commission

The Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) is a multi-state organization which works collectively to preserve, promote, and enhance the scenic, historic, and recreational resources of the Mississippi River, to foster economic growth in the corridor, and to develop the national, scenic and historic parkway known as the Great River Road.
The ten states that border the Mississippi River comprise the MRPC. They include: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
(http://www.experiencemississippiriver.com/mrpc-about.cfm)

Address:
222 State St #400
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 866-763-8310
Fax: 608-242-8896
Email: MRPC@pilchbarnet.com

164. The Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMRBA)

UMRBA is a partnership between the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin, which replaced the Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission. Governors from each state appoint a designee, typically from an agency that deals with water resource management, to serve on the committee. That individual then coordinates with other state agencies who work along the Mississippi River to provide pertinent information to the Association. The Association also has advisory members from six federal agencies: the USACE, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
UMRBA’s purpose “is to facilitate dialogue and cooperative action regarding water and related land resource issues.” The member states bring regional issues to discuss, and the Association compiles the information on the pertinent issues in the basin states to bring forward to both Congress and the federal agencies that partner with the association. The Association addresses many issues, such as: nonpoint pollution, erosion, toxic pollution, habitat restoration, wetland protection, and flood response and recovery.

Address:
415 Hamm Building
408 St. Peter St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-224-2880
Fax: 651-223-5815