Water Quality Forum to Highlight Latest Research

Educational forum on agriculture and other factors affecting Illinois surface waters will be held on Oct. 23 at U of I campus at Springfield.

An educational forum on the latest research in Illinois water quality will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the University of Illinois campus at Springfield.

The Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research is hosting the forum, which is open to the public. To better understand the role agriculture and other factors play in influencing the quality of Illinois' rivers, streams, and lakes, researchers from across the state have collaborated in a multidisciplinary research effort funded by the State of Illinois via C-FAR.

In 2003, C-FAR established its water quality strategic research initiative to help in Illinois' development of nutrient standards for surface waters in the states. The forum culminates the three-year research initiative.

The forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Brookens Auditorium on the U of I at Springfield campus

"The strategic research initiative involves a diverse group of scientists all working on a common problem," said George Czapar, University of Illinois Extension educator and research program leader. Additional funding has been provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act to expand the research.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 16. To register, visit the C-FAR website at www.ilcfar.org. For more information, contact Czapar at 217.782.6515, or e-mail him at [email protected].

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