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Rivers and Water 


Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is dedicated to protecting water quality in Illinois.  She is engaged in several initatives that promote river health and protect drinking water.  To learn more about what Lt. Governor Simon is doing to protect rivers and water, visit the pages below.

It's Our River Day 2014

Mark your calendars: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Lt. Governor Simon invites communities and organizations to plan an It’s Our River Day event. Celebrated on the third Saturday in September, It’s Our River Day is a celebration of Illinois Rivers through education, recreation and conservation.  Rivers have been the foundation of communities throughout time, providing food, resources and transportation.  By participating in It’s Our River Day, communities will come together to learn about, protect and enjoy our vital resource. Full info available here.

River Coordinating Councils

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon chairs three River Coordinating Councils charged with the mission of reviewing state and federal programs that impact the watersheds and working with local communities to raise awareness of and address watershed issues. The River Coordinating Councils meet quarterly around the state to engage the public and encourage partnerships.  Attend a meeting and learn more about the River Coordinating Council for your watershed. For a schedule of 2014 River Coordinating Council meeting dates please click here.  

Illinois River Coordinating Council  
Mississippi River Coordinating Council

Wabash and Ohio Rivers Coordinating Council

To better address specific issues in each watershed, the River Coordinating Councils have created unique subcommittees.  To learn more about these subcommittees, please click on the links provided.

Science Advisory Committee

The Science Advisory Committee serves as the expert scientific and technical arm of the three river councils chaired by Lt. Governor Simon.  The Committee is appointed by the Lt. Governor and is supported by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. 

For more information about the Committee click here.

Kayak Illinois

Lt. Governor Simon is an avid paddler.  She frequently takes her kayak out on the rivers and lakes of Southern Illinois with her husband, Perry, and two daughters.  To encourage more Illinoisans to experience paddling, you can find a listing of all canoe and kayak rental outfitters in Illinois here

For more information on how to paddle and paddling trails in Illinois, visit the Illinois Paddling Council.