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Illinois State Water Survey News: September 2021

 
 

The Illinois State Water Survey conducts state-of-the-art research and collects, analyzes, archives, and disseminates objective data and technical information, providing a sound scientific basis for the people and policymakers of Illinois to make decisions. 

 
tornado looming over a field
 

Water Survey helps counties plan for potential natural disasters

 
 

The Water Survey's Coordinated Hazard Assessment and Mapping Program helps Illinois communities build unique and comprehensive Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans to assess local hazards, identify high-risk areas, and take action in preventing losses from natural disasters. 

 
COVID-19 virus
 

Sampling sewer water for COVID-19 in the community

 
 

Water Survey researchers are part of a project that looks for traces of SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in sewer water in order to help monitor the spread of infection.  

 
irrigation of a field at sunrise
 

Integrating surface water and groundwater modeling

 
 

Water Survey researchers are exploring ways to simulate the interactions between groundwater and surface water by combining existing modeling technology, including investigating how groundwater elevations change in response to storm events and subsequent river rises.

 
Gibson City flood model map
 

Water Survey simulation matches progress of Gibson City flood

 
 

A model simulation produced by the Coordinated Hazard Assessment and Mapping Program shows the progression of the flood in Gibson City from the morning to the evening of Aug. 12. The simulation closely corresponds with how the flood played out that day, showing that this simulation technique can help communities plan for and mitigate flood events.

 
glass of water
 

Water Survey team launches podcast for drinking water professionals

 
 

The team behind WaterOperator.org and Private Well Class is launching a new podcast to strengthen connections between the many stakeholders involved in ensuring that every American has water that is safe to drink. The first two episodes of Tap Talk: The Drinking Water in Rural America Podcast are available now! 

Listen to Tap Talk!
 
     
 

Staff spotlight

 
 
  Margaret Golden stands in a shallow stream
 

Margaret Golden works with both the Watershed Science and Groundwater Science teams at the Water Survey, conducting fieldwork and assisting with communications.

 
     
 

Notable reports & publications

 
   
     
 

Events

 
 

Sept. 23: What Environmental Health Professionals Need to Know about Wells​
Oct. 23: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know about Homes with Well Water

 
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Historical highlight: Fort Armstrong weather records

 
 

In 2012, then-Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel and Lauren Graham, a recent University of Illinois graduate, obtained original weather records from the 1820s and 1830s from the Rock Island Arsenal Museum. These are believed to be the oldest official weather records ever found in Illinois. In the image above, you can see that a "violent hurricane" was noted on July 21, 1820—most likely either a tornado or a severe thunderstorm.

 
     
 

ISWS employment opportunities

 
   
 
 
 
 
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