News Archive February 2016Feb 3, 2016Illinois RiverWatch to Offer Training for Adults, 4-H and Student GroupsThe Illinois RiverWatch Network is offering Illinois citizens and educators the chance to train to become citizen scientists and join the network of more than 250 volunteers throughout the state who monitor water quality of Illinois streams.November 2015Nov 9, 2015NGRREC Field Station Certified Gold LEED by USGBCThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is officially the gold standard in sustainable building. Its Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station was recently awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. September 2015Sep 25, 2015Students Dive into Environmental Sciences and Fun at L&C Water FestivalApproximately 453 fifth grade students in 19 classes from eight different schools gathered at Lewis and Clark Community College for the 13th annual Water Festival Friday, Sept. 18. July 2015Jul 16, 2015Researchers, Students, Educators and the Public Encouraged to Attend the First REU Symposium Friday, August 7The Center for American Archeology, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) and Illinois State Museum invite researchers, students, educators and the general public to view research poster presentations of the REU students’ findings from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at NGRREC’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station, located at One Confluence Way, East Alton, Illinois. Light refreshments will be served.Jul 13, 2015NGRREC to Host ‘The Mississippi River in Song: A Musical History Tour’ at Old Bakery Beer Company July 23The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) and the Old Bakery Beer Company are co-hosting an evening with The Mississippi Valley Traveler, Dean Klinkenberg, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, Illinois. June 2015Jun 29, 2015NGRREC Interns Begin 2015 Summer Internship ProgramThirty interns from 20 colleges and universities and 12 states across the country were at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station May 26-29 to kick off their summer internships.Jun 25, 2015NGRREC Collects Data through GREON for GLTG Virtual ObservatoryLooking to expand beyond traditional monitoring activities, the National Great Rivers Research and Education (NGRREC) Center has launched the Great Rivers Ecological Observation Network (GREON). Jun 11, 2015New Floodplain Ecology Field Course Offered at NGRRECThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, offered a new field course focused on large river floodplain ecology during the spring of 2015.Jun 8, 2015New Buoy Deployed on Carlyle Lake in the Kaskaskia River WatershedThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) deployed its seventh buoy in the Great Rivers Ecological Observatory Network (GREON℠) on Carlyle Lake on May 6, 2015. Jun 3, 2015NGRREC Scientist to Speak about the Upper Mississippi River for Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra ClubJohn Chick, an aquatic ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey – University of Illinois, and the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, will be the guest speaker during a session of the Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 8, at the First Unitarian Church of Alton, which is located at 110 East Third Street.May 2015May 14, 2015New Buoy Coming to Stoddard Island Complex in WisconsinIn early summer, boaters and anglers may notice several new buoys in Navigation Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River in Wisconsin. The new buoys will house water quality and weather monitoring equipment and are being set up by river scientists from the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, who are partnering with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Great Rivers Ecological Observatory Network project. April 2015Apr 6, 2015NGRREC Mesocosms Available for Research ProjectsThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is requesting proposals for research projects, which can utilize the mesocosms at the Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station in East Alton, Illinois.March 2015Mar 31, 2015NGRREC Installs Water Quality Buoy on Clark BridgeThe device is a water quality monitoring buoy that researchers with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) and the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, have recently tethered to the bridge. Mar 27, 2015Students Encouraged to Apply for the National Science Foundation Research Experience for UndergraduatesThe Center for American Archeology (CAA), National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) and Illinois State Museum (ISM) are pleased to announce the first year of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) site. February 2015Feb 13, 2015Illinois RiverWatch Offering Training Workshops for Adults, 4-H and Student GroupsA series of RiverWatch volunteer training workshops will be held throughout the state this spring and summer. The workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and combine both lecture and classroom time with field training in a local stream. Feb 13, 2015Seminar Series Continues with Talk on Wind Turbines and Bat Mortalityhe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is continuing its weekly seminar series with a presentation on wind turbines and bat mortality, given by NGRREC℠ Field Technician Rachael Van Essen at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19.Feb 3, 2015NGRREC and L&C Host Hypoxia Task Force MeetingThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) and Lewis and Clark Community College hosted the Hypoxia Task Force (HTF) Fall 2014 Public Meeting Oct. 20-22. The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force holds public meetings twice a year throughout the Mississippi River Basin to inform the public of the progress toward minimizing hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Feb 3, 2015NGRREC Welcomes Ecologist Anthony DellThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is proud to welcome Ecologist Anthony Dell to its research team. Dell, who spends his days running field and laboratory experiments, analyzing data and writing scientific papers, was hired in fall 2014.Feb 3, 2015NGRREC Welcomes Wildlife Ecologist John CrawfordThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is proud to welcome Terrestrial Wildlife Ecologist John Crawford to its research team. Crawford was hired as a senior researcher in NGRREC’s terrestrial ecology program in fall 2014. Crawford conducts wildlife-related research focused on non-game animals – mainly amphibians and reptiles.Feb 2, 2015NGRREC to Host Weekly Seminar Series The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) will be hosting a weekly seminar series, featuring scientists from around the world. The seminars will be held at 3 p.m. every Thursday at NGRREC’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station in East Alton and are open to the general public.Feb 2, 2015GREON Progress ContinuesAfter launching in 2014, The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is continuing to progress with work the Great Rivers Ecological Observatory Network (GREON℠). January 2015Jan 27, 2015NGRREC Watershed Scientist Receives Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence from Texas A&MNational Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) Watershed Scientist John Sloan was recently awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence from Texas A&M AgriLife for his work with the Earth-Kind research and extension team.December 2014Dec 19, 2014NGRREC Faculty Fellows Continue to Focus on Research and EducationThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) has recruited six scientists to serve as faculty fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year.October 2014Oct 29, 2014Keynote Presentations to be given by Sean O’Connor of National Geographic and CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke during MRWES Nov. 14 and 15The Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium (MRWES) Nov. 14 and 15 on the Lewis and Clark Community College campus in Godfrey, Illinois, will highlight two keynote presentations, one by Sean O’Connor of National Geographic and the other by Chad Pregracke of Living Lands & Waters. Oct 2, 2014NGRREC to Host Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium November 14 and 15 at Lewis and Clark MRWES keynote presentations will be given by Sean O’Connor of National Geographic and CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke.September 2014Sep 30, 2014New Buoy Coming to Stoddard Island Complex in WisconsinA new buoy in Wisconsin will house water quality and weather monitoring equipment and is being set up by river scientists from the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center who are partnering with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Great Rivers Ecological Observatory Network project. Sep 23, 2014NGRREC 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" that will bring leading big river researchers from around the globe to the campus of the University of Illinois.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 NGRREC℠ 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.