News Archive January 2019Jan 8, 2019NGRREC’s Justin Shew Publishes Research Findings in the Journal of Applied EcologyThe Journal of Applied Ecology recently published an article about grassland-bird nest survival by National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s (NGRREC℠) Conservation Program Manager Justin Shew.November 2018Nov 21, 2018Heartland to Partner with NGRREC in Planning for Wood River and Piasa Creek WatershedsHeartLands Conservancy, a nonprofit serving Southwestern Illinois, has received funding from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to develop two watershed plans to address drainage and water quality in the Wood River and Piasa Creek watersheds.October 2018Oct 31, 2018Screenings of New ‘WATERSCHOOL’ Documentary Open to PublicThe Swarovski Waterschool USA: Mississippi River is inviting the community to an upcoming premiere of a compelling new documentary, “WATERSCHOOL,” which brings to life the importance of empowering youth around the globe to become water ambassadors.Oct 1, 2018Students Fish for Knowledge at 16th Annual Lewis and Clark Water FestivalApproximately 500 fifth grade students from six different schools and 20 classes gathered at Lewis and Clark Community College for the 16th annual Water Festival, Friday, Sept. 28.August 2018Aug 27, 2018Eat, Drink, and Grow Native! and Neighbor Nights @NGRREC Collaborate on Special EventThe public is invited to a free Eat, Drink, and Grow Native! Neighbor Nights @NGRREC. June 2018Jun 29, 2018Local Experts Collaborate on Solution for Erosion at SSPWhile volunteering at Senior Services Plus in Alton, Thom Rhanor, of Godfrey, noticed damaging erosion near the greenhouse and decided to collaborate with other local experts to find a solution.Jun 4, 2018Children Ages 10-13 Invited to Free Waterschool CampThe Swarovski Waterschool USA program invites children ages 10-13 to participate in a free, one-week global education program about water, sanitation, hygiene and the environment.May 2018May 29, 2018Teachers Encouraged to Register for Free Two-day Swarovski Waterschool Educator WorkshopsThe Swarovski Waterschool USA program is looking for fifth through seventh-grade teachers (formal and non-formal educators) who want to educate their students about water and river systems and engage them in a community action project.May 15, 2018Fishing Event a Great Catch for Families at Pere Marquette State ParkFor a day filled with fun and educational activities for the entire family, check out the Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton, on Illinois Route 100.April 2018Apr 27, 2018Environmental Educator to Discuss Stream StudiesHealthy Streams and Their Ecosystems will dive into how the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center uses macroinvertebrates to determine the water quality of streams across the state. Apr 23, 2018Wading for WisdomAlton High School seniors are earning college credit to splash around in the water, all in the name of science.March 2018Mar 26, 2018NGRREC Co-Sponsoring State of Our Water ConferenceLewis and Clark Community College’s National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is a co-sponsor for an upcoming State of Our Water Conference in Chicago.February 2018Feb 26, 2018The Nature Institute partners with NGRREC and others to sponsor the annual Riverbend Earth Day FestivalThe Nature Institute is partnering with the Sierra Club, the Great Rivers Land Trust and the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center/Lewis and Clark Community College for this day of live music, local food, nature activities, and more.Feb 14, 2018The Third Annual Southwestern Illinois Grow Native! Workshop comes to Lewis and ClarkLewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL will host an information-packed, half-day native landscaping workshop with expert presenters who will explore the relationships between woody plants and pollinators, songbirds, and other important wildlife.January 2018Jan 30, 2018Neighbor Nights @NGRREC to Return in FebruaryNeighbor Nights are back after a brief holiday hiatus.November 2017Nov 9, 2017Oil spill on the Bubbly River overshadows Chicago waterways cleanup effortsAn oil spill caused by an unknown source has occurred in Chicago’s Bubbly Creek—the southern fork of the Chicago River’s south branch—but the spill is not anything new for the Great Lakes area.October 2017Oct 23, 2017Learn about the Importance of Wetlands during November’s Neighbor Night @NGRRECJoin the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center to explore wetlands and amphibian conservation from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station.Oct 9, 2017Veolia North America Donates $1,000 to Water FestivalPlant Manager Bruce Murphy, right, presents a donation of $1,000 from Veolia North America to Environmental Educator Allison Rhanor for the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s annual Water Festival.August 2017Aug 25, 2017Learn about Animal Movement during September Neighbor Night @NGRRECThose curious about how animals move and why animal movement is important are invited to the September Neighbor Night @NGRREC from 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station, 1 Confluence Way in East Alton, Illinois.June 2017Jun 13, 2017Swarovski Launches the Swarovski Waterschool USASwarovski Waterschool Educator Elizabeth Flotte is inviting educators to be among the first participants in the official launch of the Swarovski Waterschool USA Mississippi River program, which joins the team of global programs along the major rivers of the world.Jun 5, 2017Join NGRREC and 1 Mississippi June 24 for Wood River Watershed DayThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) and 1 Mississippi invite local citizens to participate in Wood River Watershed Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Steve Bryant Community Park in Bethalto.April 2017Apr 21, 2017Join NGRREC for Monthly Neighbor NightsThose curious about the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) now have the opportunity to meet some of the staff and explore the Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station at 1 Confluence Way in East Alton, Illinois.March 2017Mar 3, 2017Controlled Burn Scheduled for Palisades Nature PreserveThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) plans to conduct a controlled burn of portions of the Palisades Nature Preserve near Grafton in mid-March, weather permitting. February 2017Feb 6, 2017Captain Planet Foundation Awards Education Grant to Lewis and Clark Community CollegeThe Captain Planet Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding educational programs that give students hands-on, project-driven learning experiences with real environmental outcomes, recently awarded an educational grant of $2,500 to Lewis and Clark Community College, which will use these funds toward the Illinois RiverWatch Mussel Project launch.Feb 6, 2017Illinois RiverWatch Citizen Scientists Monitor the Health of Illinois StreamsThe Illinois RiverWatch Network is offering Illinois citizens and educators the chance to train to become citizen scientists and join the network of more than 250 volunteers throughout the state who monitor water quality of Illinois streams. A series of one-day RiverWatch volunteer training workshops will be held throughout the state March 18-June 3. The workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and combine both lecture and classroom time with field training in a local stream. November 2016Nov 9, 2016Illinois Students Send Flood Relief to Louisiana PeersLouisiana fifth graders received some much needed flood relief from their peers in Illinois last month. October 2016Oct 20, 2016Backpack Buddies: Area Youth Sending Support to Louisiana Flood VictimsArea youth who know a thing or two about the hardships of flooding are making connections with their peers in Louisiana and sending flood relief in the form of backpack care packages this month.August 2016Aug 31, 2016NGRREC Awarded Grant, Named Swarovski Waterschool SiteLewis and Clark Community College’s National Great Rivers Research and Education Center will be home to the newest Swarovski Waterschool, the first and only one located on the Mississippi River and the first in the United States, at the confluence of three great rivers.June 2016Jun 15, 2016NGRREC Interns Begin 2016 Summer Internship ProgramThirty-one interns representing 19 schools and 10 states across the country visited the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station May 24-27 to begin the 2016 summer internship program.May 2016May 9, 2016Illinois RiverWatch Honored with Green Leaf Achievement Award by HeartLands ConservancyOne of two Green Leaf Achievement Awards in Youth and Education was awarded to the Illinois RiverWatch Network by HeartLands Conservancy April 19. The Illinois RiverWatch Network is a statewide, non-profit, volunteer stream monitoring program. Volunteers are trained and certified to monitor and protect local streams. March 2016Mar 4, 2016National, Award-Winning Author Speaks to Packed House at N.O. Nelson Campus During Grow Native! WorkshopThe Grow Native! Southwestern Illinois Event Committee hosted nationally renowned award-winning author Doug Tallamy last week during a workshop at the N.O. Nelson Campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville.February 2016Feb 23, 2016Grow Native! Workshop to Feature Award-Winning Author Doug TallamyThe Grow Native! Southwestern Illinois Event Committee will present an exciting lineup of speakers, featuring national award-winning author Doug Tallamy at its sold out ‘Native by Design: Landscapes Beyond Beauty’ workshop Feb. 26 at the N.O. Nelson Campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville.Feb 3, 2016Illinois RiverWatch to Offer Training for Adults, 4-H and Student GroupsThe Illinois RiverWatch Network is offering Illinois citizens and educators the chance to train to become citizen scientists and join the network of more than 250 volunteers throughout the state who monitor water quality of Illinois streams.November 2015Nov 9, 2015NGRREC Field Station Certified Gold LEED by USGBCThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is officially the gold standard in sustainable building. Its Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station was recently awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. September 2015Sep 25, 2015Students Dive into Environmental Sciences and Fun at L&C Water FestivalApproximately 453 fifth grade students in 19 classes from eight different schools gathered at Lewis and Clark Community College for the 13th annual Water Festival Friday, Sept. 18. July 2015Jul 16, 2015Researchers, Students, Educators and the Public Encouraged to Attend the First REU Symposium Friday, August 7The Center for American Archeology, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) and Illinois State Museum invite researchers, students, educators and the general public to view research poster presentations of the REU students’ findings from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at NGRREC’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station, located at One Confluence Way, East Alton, Illinois. Light refreshments will be served.Jul 13, 2015NGRREC to Host ‘The Mississippi River in Song: A Musical History Tour’ at Old Bakery Beer Company July 23The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) and the Old Bakery Beer Company are co-hosting an evening with The Mississippi Valley Traveler, Dean Klinkenberg, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, Illinois. June 2015Jun 29, 2015NGRREC Interns Begin 2015 Summer Internship ProgramThirty interns from 20 colleges and universities and 12 states across the country were at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station May 26-29 to kick off their summer internships.Jun 25, 2015NGRREC Collects Data through GREON for GLTG Virtual ObservatoryLooking to expand beyond traditional monitoring activities, the National Great Rivers Research and Education (NGRREC) Center has launched the Great Rivers Ecological Observation Network (GREON). Jun 11, 2015New Floodplain Ecology Field Course Offered at NGRRECThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, offered a new field course focused on large river floodplain ecology during the spring of 2015.Jun 8, 2015New Buoy Deployed on Carlyle Lake in the Kaskaskia River WatershedThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) deployed its seventh buoy in the Great Rivers Ecological Observatory Network (GREON℠) on Carlyle Lake on May 6, 2015. Jun 3, 2015NGRREC Scientist to Speak about the Upper Mississippi River for Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra ClubJohn Chick, an aquatic ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey – University of Illinois, and the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, will be the guest speaker during a session of the Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 8, at the First Unitarian Church of Alton, which is located at 110 East Third Street.May 2015May 14, 2015New Buoy Coming to Stoddard Island Complex in WisconsinIn early summer, boaters and anglers may notice several new buoys in Navigation Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River in Wisconsin. The new buoys will house water quality and weather monitoring equipment and are being set up by river scientists from the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, who are partnering with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Great Rivers Ecological Observatory Network project. April 2015Apr 6, 2015NGRREC Mesocosms Available for Research ProjectsThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is requesting proposals for research projects, which can utilize the mesocosms at the Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station in East Alton, Illinois.March 2015Mar 31, 2015NGRREC Installs Water Quality Buoy on Clark BridgeThe device is a water quality monitoring buoy that researchers with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) and the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, have recently tethered to the bridge. Mar 27, 2015Students Encouraged to Apply for the National Science Foundation Research Experience for UndergraduatesThe Center for American Archeology (CAA), National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) and Illinois State Museum (ISM) are pleased to announce the first year of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) site. February 2015Feb 13, 2015Illinois RiverWatch Offering Training Workshops for Adults, 4-H and Student GroupsA series of RiverWatch volunteer training workshops will be held throughout the state this spring and summer. The workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and combine both lecture and classroom time with field training in a local stream. Feb 13, 2015Seminar Series Continues with Talk on Wind Turbines and Bat Mortalityhe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is continuing its weekly seminar series with a presentation on wind turbines and bat mortality, given by NGRREC℠ Field Technician Rachael Van Essen at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19.Feb 3, 2015NGRREC and L&C Host Hypoxia Task Force MeetingThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) and Lewis and Clark Community College hosted the Hypoxia Task Force (HTF) Fall 2014 Public Meeting Oct. 20-22. The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force holds public meetings twice a year throughout the Mississippi River Basin to inform the public of the progress toward minimizing hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Feb 3, 2015NGRREC Welcomes Ecologist Anthony DellThe National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is proud to welcome Ecologist Anthony Dell to its research team. Dell, who spends his days running field and laboratory experiments, analyzing data and writing scientific papers, was hired in fall 2014.