NEWS FROM ISWS: NOVEMBER 2019
The Illinois State Water Survey conducts state-of-the-art research and collects, analyzes, archives, and disseminates high-quality, objective data and technical information, providing a sound scientific basis for the citizens and policymakers of Illinois to make decisions.
We hope you enjoy this update on the Water Survey's programs, projects, people, and impact! If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact email@example.com.
Hydroclimatologist Trent Ford, most recently an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, recently joined the Water Survey as the new Illinois State Climatologist, the authoritative source of weather and climate information and services for the state of Illinois.
The Coordinated Hazard Assessment and Mapping Program (CHAMP) provides expertise in flooding issues in support of a variety of projects, including conducting flood studies for counties, researching flood impacts of levee failures, and contributing to the Urban Flooding Awareness Act Report mandated by the state legislature. CHAMP conducts FEMA Flood Insurance Studies, develops Flood Insurance Rate Maps, maintains the Coordinated Needs Management Database for Illinois, and performs watershed-scale hydrologic and hydraulic studies for FEMA.
Scientists at the Water Survey have developed an interactive map of where every community in Illinois gets their water. Sources of water throughout the state include Lake Michigan, inland surface waters such as rivers and reservoirs, groundwater, or a combination of sources. Communities either self-supply their water or buy water from other communities or public water distributors. The web of water purchases is quite complex, particularly for Lake Michigan users. Sometimes water is bought and resold and can pass through many facilities before making its way to its final destination.
Water Survey staff recently received funding from state and federal agencies for projects involving water supply planning, monitoring at-risk groundwater supplies, preparing flood maps, collecting weather and soil data, and more.
On Nov. 14, this free webinar will discuss the water well issues that are important to homebuyers, how to determine if the well water is safe to drink, and what a homeowner needs to know about well care. The webinar is presented by Steve Wilson, a 30-year veteran of the Illinois State Water Survey, through The Private Well Class program, a collaboration between the Water Survey and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Pat Motherway from ISWS performing maintenance at the Morrow Plots Weather Station, July 7, 1965. The Morrow Plots started in 1876 and are the oldest continuous agricultural experiment field in the United States. They were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968.