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Illinois River Conference scheduled for October

August 30, 2011 at 06:21 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

The 13th Biennial Governor’s Conference on the Management of the Illinois Rivers System will be held Oct. 4-6 at the at Peoria’s Hotel Père Marquette.

The conference, titled The Illinois River – A National Opportunity, will include an all-day bus tour Oct. 4 through Peoria, Marshall, Woodford, and Tazewell counties, featuring islands, wildlife and habitats.

A stop at the new Bass Pro Shop store is planned.

The tour is open to the public on a first-come basis and lunch is prepared by local growers.

Registration for the tour only is $40.

Full conference registration is $175. Students can attend for $100.

The RiverWatch Symposium will be held in conjunction with the conference Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration for the symposium is $50.

RiverWatch is a volunteer river and stream monitoring program using citizen scientists to document the condition of the state’s waterways.

Meeting rooms are located in the Hotel Père Marquette.

Register before Sept. 15, to get the reduced fee.

Registration fees for both the Conservation Tour and RiverWatch Symposium are separate.

The Hotel Père Marquette has set aside a group room block with special rates until Sept. 19.

The full conference schedule, including speaker biographies and abstracts, and registration form is available online at http://www.conferences.illinois.edu/ilriver or by calling Michelle Chappell at (217) 333-2880.

Vew a brief video of the conference chairpersons talking about what to expect on the “About the Conference” webpage.

To register: http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=944834

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