News and Media June 2014Jun 27, 2014CREP and CRP Give Agricultural Landowners Long-term Stewardship IncentivesDue to the recent passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, several land conservation opportunities for rural landowners have re-opened, including the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). May 2014May 30, 2014Orientation Week Kicks Off NGRREC Summer InternshipsTwenty-nine interns from colleges and universities across the country were at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station this week to kick off their summer internships. March 2014Mar 14, 2014NGRREC℠ Aims to Expand Great Rivers Ecological Observatory NetworkRecently, the Walton Family Foundation approved an NGRREC℠ grant proposal to expand GREON℠ and continue to develop the Great Lakes to Gulf Virtual Observatory Initiative. The main purpose of the grant is to develop high-quality data that will inform future management of the Mississippi River watershed.February 2014Feb 10, 2014Illinois RiverWatch Offering Training Workshops for Volunteers Across the StateThe Illinois RiverWatch Network is offering Illinois residents the chance to train to become citizen scientists.December 2013Dec 19, 2013NGRREC℠ Awards Seed Grant FundingThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center recently awarded seed grant funding to six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign research projects complementary to NGRREC’s mission of large river research and education. Dec 17, 2013NGRREC℠ Scientists Continue Japanese Hops Control and Management ProjectThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s terrestrial ecology team is continuing a project initiated earlier last year that studies control methods for Japanese hops (Humulus japonicus), an invasive vine species that appears to be spreading throughout the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS).Dec 17, 2013New Publication on Long Term Monitoring of Upper Mississippi River Pool 26Illinois Natural history Survey scientists John Chick, Lori Soeken-Gittinger, Eric Ratcliff, Eric Gittinger, Ben Lubinski and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Commercial Fishing Manager Rob Maher recently released a publication in the peer-reviewed Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin, Volume 39, September 2013, titled "A Decade of Monitoring on Pool 26 of the Upper Mississippi River System: Water Quality and Fish Data from the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Environmental Management Program."Dec 10, 2013Conservation Staff Members Hit the Ground RunningConservation staff from the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) may be coming to a watershed near you.Dec 10, 2013Media Specialist Earns Medallion Award for PhotographyLewis and Clark Media Specialist Louise Jett recently received an award for her photograph of National Great Rivers Research and Education Center interns playing with a crayfish they found in China Creek while studying micro and macro invertebrates.October 2013Oct 30, 2013NGRREC℠ Scientists Successfully Collect Living Zooplankton from MesocosmsNational Great Rivers Research and Education Center scientists recently collected living plankton from the Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station's aquatic mesocosms.Oct 18, 2013L&C/NGRREC℠ Welcome New RiverWatch BiologistMeet Matt Young, our new RiverWatch Biologist.September 2013Sep 27, 2013Rainy Weather Doesn’t Dampen Spirits at L&C’s Water FestDespite the drizzle, hundreds of fifth graders from 10 local schools participated in Lewis and Clark Community College’s 11th Annual Water Festival Friday. August 2013Aug 28, 2013Local Photos of Mississippi Travel Down the River in Exhibit Aug. 30-Sept. 11The Mississippi River Photo Exhibit will run from Friday, Aug. 30, to Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Hatheway Cultural Center Lobby (upstairs) on Lewis and Clark Community College's Godfrey campus.Aug 27, 2013Local Children Explore Environmental Sciences with NGRRECDuring a recent Toddle Towne visit to the Field Station, children learned about environmental science in fun, interactive ways. Aug 19, 2013NGRREC℠ Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Mississippi River CommissionThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) while aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI August 15. The MOU designates NGRREC℠ as a lead research partner responsible for helping shape policies established by the MRC.July 2013Jul 18, 2013Tributary Trivia Night Goers Flood the NGGREC℠ Field Station LobbyTributary Trivia brought nature enthusiasts and NGRREC℠ supporters together July 18 in the lobby of the Jerry F. Costello Field Station. The trivia event was coordinated and emceed by National Great Rivers Research and Education Intern Caroline Robertson of Dow, Illinois. Jul 10, 2013Biologically Active Compounds in Surface Waters to be Discussed at Upcoming SeminarA special seminar on biologically active compounds in Midwestern watersheds will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 16 at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station.May 2013May 31, 2013NGRREC℠ Interns Explore Local Ecosystems during Orientation WeekThe NGRREC℠ Internship Orientation week provides college interns with an opportunity to engage with regional scientists and educators on topics such as agriculture and water, stakeholder relationships, the social side of water sustainability, and urban storm water runoff, in addition to learning about the research, field survey techniques and education efforts of NGRREC℠ staff and their collaborators.April 2013Apr 29, 2013NGRREC℠ Scientist Speaks to Mississippi River CommissionThe Mississippi River Commission hears testimony from the Center's Watershed Scientist, John Sloan.Apr 13, 2013NGRREC℠ Field Station Open for Guided Tours Every FridayThe Field Station, which is located near the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers at One Confluence Way in East Alton by the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free, guided tours are given every Friday at 11:30 a.m.March 2013Mar 22, 2013NGRREC℠ Scientist Speaks at Marquette Catholic High SchoolNational Great Rivers Research and Education Aquatic Scientist John Chick visited Marquette Catholic High School in Alton and stressed the environmental and economic importance of the Mississippi River locally and nationally.Mar 8, 2013NGRREC℠ Faculty Fellows Focus on Research and EducationEight scientists have been chosen to serve as NGRREC℠ Faculty Fellows. These scientists are helping to set the stage for ongoing learning, discovery and engagement at NGRREC℠.February 2013Feb 8, 2013Environmental Educators Dive Into Project WET Workshop at NGRREC℠Environmental educators gathered at the Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station to participate in an all-day Project WET Facilitator Refresher Workshop Feb. 1.November 2012Nov 1, 2012RiverWatch's Six-Year Progress ReportTake a look back at RiverWatch's First Biennial Symposium, a celebration of the evolution of the Illinois RiverWatch Network.January 0001Jan 1, 0001RiverWatch featured on CBS ChicagoThe Illinois RiverWatch program was recently featured on CBS Chicago. CBS 2's Vince Gerasole joined citizen scientists during a stream sampling. Jan 1, 0001NGRREC Faculty Fellow Jim Best Presents Series on the Future of Big RiversNational Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) Faculty Fellow Jim Best has organized an upcoming colloquium series entitled "The Future of Big Rivers: Form, Flux, Ecology and Management." Each presentation in the series will take place at 5 p.m. in the Digital Computer Lab room 1320 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.