March is a big month for water resources related conferences in Illinois. Starting next week with the Illinois Floodplain Managers Annual Conference – IAFSM, highlighted next week by the Illinois Lakes Management Association (ILMA) Annual Conference, and the Fox River Summit. These conferences will provide some great overlapping content as well as subject specific information unique to each conference.
The Illinois Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers (IAFSM) Annual Conference will be hosted once again in Tinley Park, IL (http://www.illinoisfloods.org/18_conference.html). This conference will feature several presentations related to flooding issues such as protection, regulation, prevention, and also provides aspiring professionals the opportunity to take the nationally recognized Floodplain Manager’s Certification Exam. Additional presentations may also revolve around topical content such as general stormwater and regulation, green infrastructure projects, and restoration. The conference runs March 14-15th at the Tinley Park Convention Center.
The Fox River Summit will be held in Burlington, WI on March 23rd (https://www.southeastfoxriver.org/river-breakdown). The summit is an excellent one-day endeavor for all things related to the Fox River starting in southern Wisconsin down through northern Illinois prior to its confluence with the Illinois River. The program always includes a variety of speakers from both states with the common theme of collaboration for the betterment of the entire watershed.
The highlight of course is the Illinois Lakes Management Association (ILMA) annual conference held this year in Bloomington (https://ilma-lakes.org/conference). The conference runs from the 22nd-24th with the workshop encompassing the final day of the conference. The conference will once again feature the hospitality suite and a myriad of excellent sessions devoted to lakes water quality, biology, protection, and restoration. The conference is also one of Illinois’s premiere watershed conferences as well. As the IllinoisLakes Blog is directly sponsored by ILMA, the following information was sent out to membership today by Membership Secretary Karen Clementi as current announcements:
As we get closer to the upcoming conference on March 22-24, we have the following fun announcements to share:
- We are still soliciting raffle items for our fantastically popular raffle. Field books, homemade items, adult beverages, white elephant gifts from Christmas, we take it all. Please contact Leonard Dane at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate any goodies.
- Got a photo for our photo contest? Win $50 and the MAJOR AWARD of next year’s conference program cover.
- We will be having trivia and hospitality at the hotel for Thursday night’s entertainment. Those staying both on and off-site are definitely encouraged to attend.
- Spaces are still available in the Saturday workshop on Midwestern Waterfowl and Shorebirds by the Audubon Society of Illinois. With both a class portion and field trip, it is sure to be both educational and enjoyable.
ILMA Membership Secretary
Please enjoy a month of valuable water resources conferences!
~p0sted by Admin