Illinois Water Science Center
ABOUT THE ILLINOIS
A Welcome from Kevin Richards, USGS Illinois Water Science Center Director
The USGS was established by Congress in 1879 to provide the Nation with reliable and impartial information in order to understand the Nation's natural resources. This information is used to protect life and property from natural disasters, manage the Nation's natural resources, and protect the environment. The USGS is a scientific organization concerned with providing credible, relevant, impartial, and timely information to all.
Today, the USGS is known for its long-term and extensive data-collection networks, and research of water, mapping, biology and geology issues in Illinois and throughout the Nation. These efforts provide policy makers, managers, and scientists, and the general public with information needed to understand and make decisions about the State of Illinois' natural resources.
The USGS, Illinois Water Science Center, primarily addresses water issues. These include flooding and surface- and ground-water quality. The USGS, Illinois Water Science Center investigates the occurrence, distribution, quantity, movement, and chemical and biological quality of Illinois' surface and ground water. Specific water resources activities of the Illinois Water Science Center include maintenance and analysis of long-term (prior to the turn of the Century) quantitative and qualitative data for streams, reservoirs, estuaries, and ground water; and short-term interpretive investigations of specific water-resources issues on a local, State, regional, and national level. Such investigations include the study of urbanization and flooding, water quality of the Illinois's major river basins, sedimentation of rivers and lakes, and contamination of surface water and ground water by hazardous waste. The USGS, in Illinois, primarily carries out its activities from three offices in Urbana, Mt. Vernon, and DeKalb, with a highly trained staff of scientists, technicians, and support personnel committed to providing accurate and timely natural resource information.
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