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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  • Dwyer, John F.; Kelly, John R.; Bowes, Michael D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center, 1977-09)
    Improved procedures are presented for evaluating the contribution of recreation to national economic development. These procedures are to replace those outlined in the Principles and Standards for Planning Water and Related ...


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  • Lounsbury, Margaret; Hebenstreit, Sandra; Berry, R. Stephen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center, 1978-07)
    Energy and water are linked resources. This pilot study examines the relationship between energy and water from a direction opposite to that of studies. We are concerned here with evaluating the energy required to supply ...


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  • Es, J.C. van; Keasler, L.C.; Whittenbarger, R.L. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center, 1980-06)
    This research evaluates the impact of the 1976-1977 extended periods of shortage of rainfall on Illinois municipal systems. The analysis determines how municipalities responded to the drought and to what extent the experience ...


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  • Roper, Roy E.; Burdge, Rabel J. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center, 1981-09)
    This project assessed on an ex post facto basis selected impacts upon families and individuals due to the land acquisition program associated with the construction of the Shelbyville Reservoir in east-central Illinois begun ...


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  • Stout, Glenn E.; Buhr, Richard; Deo, Susan R.; Barcelona, Michael J.; Absher, James; Musser, Douglas (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center, 1982-07)
    Man-made lakes in Illinois and other states are experiencing severe sedimentation problems, which reduce water-storage capacities and degrade water quality, as well as limit recreational opportunities. In a pilot project ...


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