Illinois Water Resources Center


The Illinois Water Resources Center works with scientists, water professionals, and communities to address the state’s water resource challenges. Every year, we award roughly $40,000 to university-based researchers throughout the state and help scientists working on regional issues secure funding through the National Competitive Grants Program.

Our outreach specialists partner with government agencies, universities, and communities to educate professionals and the public on key water resource issues, including private well care, water and wastewater treatment, nutrient management, and emerging contaminants. Through research conferences and memberships with the National Institutes of Water Resources, the Illinois Water Resources Center also helps researchers and students connect with others working on water resource issues.

The Illinois Water Resources Center is one of 54 federally-funded water research institutes in the United States. These centers, which collectively form the National Institutes for Water Resources, were created by the Water Resources Act of 1964 and are funded by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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  • Means, Jay C.; Perkins, Edward G.; Ellis, David D.; Chaudry, Muhammad M. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center, 1981-02)
    A great deal of concern exists over the presence of potentially carcinogenic and/or mutagenic substances in drinking water supplies. The general analytical schemes currently applied to water are less suited than specific ...


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  • Brenniman, Gary R.; Hallenbeck, William H.; Anderson, Robert J.; Baukus , Alvida T. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center, 1981-04)
    A recent study in Massachusetts found that a group of high school sophomores exposed to 107 mg/l sodium in their drinking water had significantly higher blood pressures than a control group exposed to a lower level of ...


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  • Clark, Robert Raymond; Johnston, James B. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center, 1982-03)
    A growing number of studies have detected mutagens in public water supplies. The widely accepted hypothesis that mutagenic substances are potential carcinogens therefore demands that these substances be characterized, ...


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  • Plewa, Michael J.; Hopke, Philip K. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center, 1984-12)
    The disposal of complex mixtures such as waste water on agricultural lands poses known and unknown environmental risks. Mutagens may be introduced into the eco-system and perhaps concentrated by crop plants or leached into ...


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  • Larson, Richard A.; Marley, Karen A. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center, 1986-09)
    Toxaphene is a persistent pesticide which is highly toxic to a broad range of organisms including freshwater fish. The sources of Toxaphene are still not clearly understood. Atmospheric transport from the cotton growing ...


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