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WORCC Organizational Resources 

 

Below is a list of local, state, federal, and non-profit organizations that are working in the Wabash and Ohio mainstem.  For quick search, please use your browsers 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. Forest and Parks
 X. Funding Sources / Grants
 XI. Hydrology
 XII. Legal / Environmental Advocacy
 XIII. Recreation and Hunting
  State/Federal Agencies
  Non-Governmental 
 XIV. Science and Research
 XV. Soil and Water Conservation Districts along the Wabash
 XVI. Transportation
 XVII. Water Security
 XVIII. Other










































 
I.  Advocate Groups

1.   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

2. 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

3.  
Waterways Council, Inc.

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

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

 

II.  Agriculture / Rural Affairs

 

State/Federal Agencies:

4.   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

5.   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

6.  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

7.   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

8.   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

9.   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

10.   Friends of Lake Mattoon

The Friends of Lake Mattoon organization works to preserve Lake Mattoon in Illinois. The group meets multiple times each year to discuss conservation and preservation of the lake’s resources. The group also completes clean-up days on the lakefront and the roads leading to it. The Friends of Lake Mattoon organization also worked closely to form Upper Little Wabash Ecosystem Partnership to create a management plan for the Upper Little Wabash Watershed.

Address:
Friends of Lake Mattoon
PO Box 1562
Mattoon, IL 61938

11.   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

12.   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

13.   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

14.   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

15.  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

16.  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: 

17.   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.               

                Embarras Ecosystem Partnership
                Website: http://dnr.state.il.us/orep/pfc/ecosystem/partnerships/partner.asp
                Contact
                Vince Gutowski, Chair
                Embarras River Management Association
                2125 Stoner Drive East
                Charleston, IL 61920
                Phone: 217-581-3825
                Email: cfvpg@ux1.cts.eiu.edu   

                Saline Watershed Basin Ecosystem Partnership               
                Website: http://dnr.state.il.us/orep/pfc/ecosystem/partnerships/partner.asp
                Contact
                Butch Rider, Chair
                Saline Watershed Basin Ecosystem Partnership
                c/o Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission
                PO Box 606
                Harrisburg, IL 62946
                Phone: 618-252-7463
                Email: sirpdc@clearwave.com
 
                Shawnee Ecosystem Partnership
                Website: http://dnr.state.il.us/orep/pfc/ecosystem/partnerships/partner.asp
                Contact
                Grover Webb, Chair
                Shawnee Ecosystem Partnership
                c/o Pope-Hardin County SWCD
                PO Box 27
                Golconda, IL 62938
                Phone: 618-683-2651
                Email: Kelly.Barnes@hughes.net

18.   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

19.   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

20.   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

21.   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:

22.   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
               
Phone: 608-782-1537

23.   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

24.   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

25.   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

26.   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

27.   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

28.   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

29.   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

30.   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

31.   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

32.   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

33.   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

34.   Wildlife Forever

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

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


IV.               
Economic Development


35.  
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

 

V.                  Education

 

36.   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.

Find contact information for your local region’s director here

Ad
dress: 
Environmental Education Association of Illinois
Anita Purves Nature Center
1505 N. Broadway
Urbana, IL 61801            

37.   Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education

The Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education (ORBCRE) is an association that combines educational institutions, governmental agencies, industry, and individuals in an interstate organization. The consortium shares research, educational best practices and information on concerns in the Ohio River Basin. The consortium is a nonprofit organization that has been in operation since 1985.

Contact:
Tiao J. Chang, Executive Director
Phone: 740-593-1462
Fax: 740-593-0625
Email: chang@ohio.edu

 

VI.                Emergency Management

 

38.   Illinois Emergency Management Agency

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.

IEMA region contact information available here.

Director: Jonathon E. Monken

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

39.   Federal Emergency Management Agency (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

40.   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.

41.   The Ohio River Forecast Center (OHRFC)

The Ohio River Forecast Center is managed by the National Weather Service. The service is an interactive mapping of flood levels along the Ohio River Basin, 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.

Address:
National Weather Service
Ohio River Forecast Center
1901 South State Route 134
Wilmington, OH 45177

42.   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

43.   US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Louisville District

The Louisville District of the USACE was established in 1886. It currently serves areas of five states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. Some of the major USACE responsibilities include flood damage reduction, water quantity and quality, environmental conservation, and emergency response.

Find a local office by entering your zip code in the “Contact Us” section of the Louisville website.

Address:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville
P.O. Box 59
Louisville, KY 40201
Phone: 502-315-6100

VII.              Environmental Protection / Water Quality

 

Federal and State Agencies: 

44.   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

45.   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

46.   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 here

47.   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

48.   Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO)

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) is an interstate commission that was established in 1948 to address pollution issues in the Ohio River Basin. Illinois is one of eight ORSANCO member states, along with Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. ORSANCO helps to set waste water discharge standards for the eight member states, monitor the water quality in the Ohio River Basin, conduct special surveys and studies, and coordinate emergency response activities.

Address:
ORSANCO
5735 Kellogg Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
Phone: 513-231-7719
Fax: 513-231-7761

    Illinois Commissioners:
    John K. Kim, (Interim) Director, Illinois EPA
    Toby Frevert
    Phillip C. Morgan

Non-Governmental:

49.   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

50.   Ohio River Foundation

The Ohio River Foundation is a nonprofit organization that focuses on water quality and ecology along the Ohio River. It offers educational programs, promotes best practices for environmental protection and watershed management, promotes increased recreational activities and citizen involvement along the river, and promotes green management practices for businesses.

Address:
Ohio River Foundation
PO Box 42460
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Phone: 513-460-3365
Fax: 513-469-6755
Email: orf@ohioriverfdn.org

51.   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.

Find your local Sierra Club Group here.

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

 

VIII.            Fish and Wildlife

 

Interstate Partnerships:

52.   The Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership

The Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership was formed to protect, enhance and restore habitat along the Ohio River. The partnership focuses on the protection of habitat for fish and mussels. The partnership includes 143,550 square miles of the watershed, affecting six total states.

Coordinator: Rob Simmonds

Address:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
9053 Route 148, Suite A
Marion, IL 62959
Email: rob_simmonds@fws.gov

Federal and State Agencies:

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

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

Regional Director: Tom Melius

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

54.   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.

Project Leader: Rob Simmonds

 

Address:
Carterville-Marion Fishery Resources Office
9053 Route 148
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-997-6869
Fax: 618-997-9185
Email: Carterville@fws.gov or http://www.fws.gov/midwest/LargeRiversCoordinator/

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 

56.   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

57.   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 

58.   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
    · 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:

59.   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 

60.   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 

61.   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.

NWF also has a regional affiliate for Illinois, The Prairie Rivers Network (see “Conservation”).

Address:

11100 Wildlife Center Dr.
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 703-438-6000

62.   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

63.   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 

64.   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.                Forest and Parks

 

65.   Beall Woods State Park

Beall Woods is located along the Wabash River in southeastern Illinois. The State of Illinois purchased the land in 1965, and 329 acres of the forest were dedicated as the 14th Illinois nature preserve in 1966. Visitors can hike, hunt, camp, fish, and picnic in the park.

Address:
9285 Beall Woods Avenue
Mount Carmel, IL 62863
Phone: 618-298-2442

66.   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.

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

                Region III Office – East-Central Illinois
                Website:
                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

                Website for Program Offices

67.   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

68.   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 

69.   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

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

70.   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


X.                  Funding Sources / Grants

 

71.   The Conservation Fund

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

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

72.   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


XI.               
Hydrology


73.  
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

74.   US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Louisville District

The Louisville District of the USACE was established in 1886. It currently serves areas of five states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. Some of the major USACE responsibilities include flood damage reduction, water quantity and quality, environmental conservation, and emergency response.

Find a local office by entering your zip code in the “Contact Us” section of the Louisville website.

Address:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville
P.O. Box 59
Louisville, KY 40201
Phone: 502-315-6100


XII.             
Legal / Environmental Advocacy


75.  
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 

76.   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. 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.

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


XIII.           
Recreation and Hunting


Federal and State Agencies:
 

77.   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

78.   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 

Non-Governmental:

79.   The Effingham County Trail Project

The Effingham County Trail Project is working to place a hiking and biking trail between Effingham, Illinois and Lake Sara. This trail would hopefully be the first step in creating a system of trails in that area. Currently, the Project is in the process of writing to receive a grant for a feasibility study. After receiving the funding for the feasibility study, it will be necessary to determine where the public would like the trail to be located.

Along with this project, the Effingham County Trail Project has worked to assist in other environmental projects, including the Upper Little Wabash Ecosystem Partnership’s “Strategic Watershed Management Plan.”

Address:
Effingham County Trail Project
201 E. Jefferson Ave.
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: 217-342-5310
Email: info@effinghamcountytrail.com

80.   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.”

81.   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.

Contact: Ed Barsotti, Executive Director

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

                District 3:
                Serving the counties of: Bureau, DeKalb, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, and Livingston

                Contact:
                Mike Bentley
                Phone: 630-554-8806
                Email: coachmb@ameritech.net 

                District 5:
                Serving the counties of: Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, McLean, Piatt and Vermillion.

                Contacts:
                Doug Oehler
                Phone: 309-663-2113
                Email: dk4344@verizon.net

                Jerry Erb
                Phone: 309-825-5412
                Email: jerbal1@aol.com

                Sue Jones
                Phone: 217-367-6521
                Email: siouxgeonz@gmail.com 

                District 7:

                Serving the counties of: Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edqards, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Richland, Shelby, Wabash and Wayne.

                Contact:
                Frank Brummer
                Phone: 217-857-6067
                Email: fbrummer@farmweld.com 

                District 9:
                Serving the counties of: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, White and Williamson.

                Contact:
                Anne Johnson
                618-687-2546
                ajohnson2@siumed.edu 

82.   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               

83.   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


84.  
Illinois National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC)

The Center's scholars and scientists study the ecology of the big rivers, the workings of the watersheds that feed them, and the ties to the river communities that use them.

Goals and Functions

• Conduct research that makes significant contributions to our understanding of big rivers and their watersheds.

• Actively solicit community and other stakeholder input to ensure that our research is truly relevant and responsive to societal needs.

• Build and disseminate a corpus of research and expertise that contributes to sound river management and the continuing sustainability of healthy and productive big river systems.

• Promote the use of adaptive management and continuous improvement strategies that regularly apply lessons learned from the river/watershed sites to ongoing management practices and continuing research.

• Develop and implement education and outreach programs that a) foster a greater understanding and appreciation for the great rivers and b) extend and apply knowledge gained from the research to protect and sustain the quality of river environments.

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

85.  
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 

86.   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 

87.   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

88.   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 

89.   Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education

The Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education (ORBCRE) is an association that combines educational institutions, governmental agencies, industry, and individuals in an interstate organization. The consortium shares research, educational best practices and information on concerns in the Ohio River Basin. The consortium is a nonprofit organization that has been in operation since 1985.

Contact:
Tiao J. Chang, Executive Director
Phone: 740-593-1462
Fax: 740-593-0625
Email: chang@ohio.edu 

90.   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

91.   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.

(For the State Office of the USGS, see Illinois Water Science Center, #92 on this list.)

Address:
USGS National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192
Phone: 703-648-5953

92.   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 Director

Address:
Illinois Water Science Center
1201 W. University Ave, Suite 100
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-328-8747


XV.              Soil and Water Conservation Districts along the Wabash


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.

93.   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 

94.   Alexander (see Pulaski-Alexander)

95.   Champaign

2110 W. Park Court, Suite C
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-352-3536 x3
Fax: 217-352-4781 

96.   Clark
1001 N. York St.
Martinsville, IL 62442
Phone: 217-382-4123 x3
Fax: 217-382-4315

97.   Clay
155 Rt. 45 North
Louisville, IL 62858
Phone: 618-665-3327 x3
Fax: 618-665-3385 

98.   Coles
6021 Development Drive, Suite 2
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217-345-3901 x3
Fax: 217-345-9669 

99.   Crawford
1212 North Allen
Robinson, IL 62454
Phone: 618-544-7517 x3
Fax: 618-544-8961

100.   Cumberland
201 East Main St.
Toledo, IL 62468
Phone: 217-849-2201 x3
Fax: 217-849-2003 

101.   Douglas
900 S. Washington
Tuscola, IL 61953
Phone: 217-253-2022 x3
Fax: 217-253-4359 

102.   Edgar
11757 IL Hwy 1
Paris, IL 61944
Phone: 217-465-5325 x3
Fax: 217-466-1130

103.   Edwards
90 W. Pine Street
Albion, IL 62806
Phone: 618-445-3615
Fax: 618-445-3838
Email: swcd1@fairfieldwireless.net

104.   Effingham
2701 S. Banker St., Suite 101A
Effingham, IL 26401
Phone: 217-347-7107 x3
Fax: 217-342-9855 

105.   Ford
1380 West Ottawa
Paxton, IL 60957
Phone: 217-379-2372 x3
Fax: 217-379-4701 

106.   Gallatin
1000 W. Main St.
Ridgway, IL 62979
Phone: 618-272-4521 x3
Fax: 618-272-7204

107.   Hamilton
P.O. Box 277
McLeansboro, IL 62859
Phone: 618-643-4326 x3
Fax: 618-643-2459 

108.   Hardin (see Pope-Hardin) 

109.   Jasper
1403 Clayton Ave.
Newton, IL 62448
Phone: 618-783-2319 x3
Fax: 618-783-2374 

110.   Jefferson
221 Withers Dr.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-244-0773 x3
Fax: 618-244-5942 

111.   Johnson
807 North 1st St.
Vienna, IL 62995
Phone: 618-658-3411 x3
Fax: 618-658-9600 

112.   Lawrence
2812 West Haven Road              
Lawrenceville, IL 62439
Phone: 618-943-2621 x3
Fax: 618-943-5613

113.   Marion
1550 E. Main Street
Salem, IL 62881
Phone: 618-548-2230 x3
Fax: 618-548-2341
Email: marioncountyswcd@yahoo.com

114.   Massac
1438 West 10th St
Metropolis, IL 62960
Phone: 618-524-9367
Fax: 618-524-3948
Email: massacswcd@netscape.net 

115.   Pope-Hardin
25 Eddyville Blacktop
Golconda, IL 62938
Phone: 618-683-2651
Fax: 618-683-2651 

116.   Pulaski-Alexander
505 Front St.
(PO Box 159)
Tamms, IL 62988
Phone: 618-747-2305 x3
Fax: 618-747-9210

117.   Richland
1502 S. West St.
Olney, IL 62450
Phone: 618-392-7141 x3
Fax: 618-392-4325 

118.   Saline
912 South Commercial St.
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Phone: 618-252-8621 x3
Fax: 618-252-2295 

119.   Shelby
111 N. Cedar St.,Suite 3
Shelbyville, IL 62565
Phone: 217-774-5564 x3
Fax: 217-774-2171

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

121.   Vermilion
1905-A U.S. Route 150
Danville, IL 61832
Phone: 217-442-8511 x3
Fax: 217-442-6998

122.   Wabash
219 West Ninth St., Suite 2
Mount Caramel, IL 62863
Phone: 618-262-4962 x3
Fax: 618-262-7462

123.   Wayne
23 Industrial Drive
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618-842-7602 x3
Fax: 618-842-3332

124.   White
1105 West Main St.
Carmi, IL 62821
Phone: 618-382-2213 x3
Fax: 618-382-5801

125.   Williamson
502 Comfort Drive, Suite C
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-993-5396 x3
Fax: 618-993-3014


XVI.            Transportation


126.   
Illinois Department of Transportation

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

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

               District 3:
               Serving the counties of: Bureau, DeKalb, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, and Livingston.
               700 East Norris Drive
               Ottawa, IL 61350
               Phone: 815-434-6131      

               District 5:
               Serving the counties of: Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, McLean, Piatt and Vermillion.
               13473 IL Hwy. 133, PO Box 610
               Paris, IL 61944
               Phone: 217-465-4181 

               District 7:
               Serving the counties of: Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edqards, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Richland, Shelby, Wabash and Wayne.
               400 West Wabash
               Effingham, IL 62401
               Phone: 217-342-3951

               District 9:
               Serving the counties of: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, White and Williamson.
               State Transportation Building, PO Box 100
               Carbondale, IL 62903
               Phone: 618-549-2171

127.   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: 800-996-2723

128.   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 western and downstate Illinois. The office focuses on: “shallow draft inland marine transportation, inland ports, inland intermodal issues and inland marine security.”

Contact: William K. Paape, Director

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


XVII.         
Water Security


129.   
US Coast Guard – District 8

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

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

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


XVIII.       
Other



130.   
Ohio River Basin Alliance

The Alliance is a collaboration of over 80 partner agencies, groups and associations that includes state, local and federal governments, non-profit entities and NGO’s, industrial partners and academic institutions that voluntarily work together to discuss their collective interest in the future of water resources in the Ohio River Basin.

A full list of members for the Ohio River Basin Alliance can be found here.

Contact: Mark D. Kessinger, PMP

Address: 
US Army Corps of Engineers
502 8th St
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304-399-5083
Fax: 304-399-5715
Email: Mark.D.Kessinger@usace.army.mil

131.   
Wabash and Ohio Rivers Coordinating Council

The Wabash and Ohio Rivers Coordinating Council (WORCC) is one of three River Coordinating Councils in Illinois, along with the Illinois River Coordinating Council and the Mississippi River 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 WORCC was established by the Wabash and Ohio Rivers Coordinating Council Act (20 ILCS 4060).

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