New Projects Funded

Randy Locke and Jim Miner, Wetland Geology Section, received $130,000 from the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC) for the contract titled, "Compilation and Interpretation of Hydrogeologic and Geochemical Data at State Nature Preserves - 2010." The INPC assists private and public landowners in Illinois by protecting high-quality natural areas and habitats of endangered and threatened species in perpetuity, through voluntary dedication or registration of lands into the Illinois Nature Preserves System. This funding supports a long-standing effort (the Nature Preserves Program) by the Illinois State Geological Survey and Illinois State Water Survey to investigate hydrogeologic and geochemical processes related to natural habitats. The funding also allows the Surveys to provide scientifically sound information and analyses that the INPC can use to help meet its mission and to make informed decisions on a wide range of site issues (e.g., land acquisition and management; water resources monitoring and restoration; and identification and mitigation of impacts from adjacent land uses).

David Morse indicated that the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) Coal Section has been awarded a five-year grant to supply coal data to the U.S. Geological Survey. The grant is part of the National Coal Resource Data System (NCRDS) that ISGS has contributed to for at least the past decade and a half.