• News Archive

  • November 2017

    An 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 2017

    Join 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.

    Plant 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 2017

    Those 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 2017

    Swarovski 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.

    The 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 2017

    Those 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 2017

    The 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 2017

    The 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.

    The 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 2016

    Louisiana fifth graders received some much needed flood relief from their peers in Illinois last month.

    October 2016

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    Area 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 2016

    Lewis 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 2016

    Thirty-one undergraduates gather to kick off the 2016 NGRREC Summer Internship. One student is not present in the photo. Photo by Louise Jett, L&C Media Specialist

    Thirty-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 2016

    One 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 2016

    The 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 2016

    The 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.

    The 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 2015

    The 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 2015

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    Approximately 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 2015

    The 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.

    The 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 2015

    Thirty 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.

    Looking to expand beyond traditional monitoring activities, the National Great Rivers Research and Education (NGRREC) Center has launched the Great Rivers Ecological Observation Network (GREON).

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    The 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.

    The 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.

    John 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 2015

    In 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 2015

    The 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 2015

    The 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.

    The 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 2015

    A 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.

    he 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.

    The 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.

    The 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.

    The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is proud to welcome Terrestrial Wildlife Ecologist John Crawford to its research team. Crawford was hired as a senior researcher in NGRREC’s terrestrial ecology program in fall 2014. Crawford conducts wildlife-related research focused on non-game animals – mainly amphibians and reptiles.

    The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) will be hosting a weekly seminar series, featuring scientists from around the world. The seminars will be held at 3 p.m. every Thursday at NGRREC’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station in East Alton and are open to the general public.

    After launching in 2014, The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is continuing to progress with work the Great Rivers Ecological Observatory Network (GREON℠).

    January 2015

    National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) Watershed Scientist John Sloan was recently awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence from Texas A&M AgriLife for his work with the Earth-Kind research and extension team.

    December 2014

    The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) has recruited six scientists to serve as faculty fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    October 2014

    The Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium (MRWES) Nov. 14 and 15 on the Lewis and Clark Community College campus in Godfrey, Illinois, will highlight two keynote presentations, one by Sean O’Connor of National Geographic and the other by Chad Pregracke of Living Lands & Waters.

    MRWES keynote presentations will be given by Sean O’Connor of National Geographic and CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke.

    September 2014

    A new buoy in Wisconsin will house water quality and weather monitoring equipment and is 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.

    National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) Faculty Fellow Jim Best has organized an upcoming colloquium series entitled "The Future of Big Rivers: Form, Flux, Ecology and Management" that will bring leading big river researchers from around the globe to the campus of the University of Illinois.

    June 2014

    Due to the recent passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, several land conservation opportunities for rural landowners have re-opened, including the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).

    May 2014

    Twenty-nine interns from colleges and universities across the country were at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station this week to kick off their summer internships.

    March 2014

    Recently, the Walton Family Foundation approved an NGRREC℠ grant proposal to expand GREON℠ and continue to develop the Great Lakes to Gulf Virtual Observatory Initiative. The main purpose of the grant is to develop high-quality data that will inform future management of the Mississippi River watershed.

    February 2014

    The Illinois RiverWatch Network is offering Illinois residents the chance to train to become citizen scientists.

    December 2013

    The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center recently awarded seed grant funding to six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign research projects complementary to NGRREC’s mission of large river research and education.

    The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s terrestrial ecology team is continuing a project initiated earlier last year that studies control methods for Japanese hops (Humulus japonicus), an invasive vine species that appears to be spreading throughout the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS).

  • National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

    One Confluence Way
    East Alton, IL 62024

    Phone: (618) 468-2900
    Fax: (618) 468-2899

    Lori Artis, Vice President of Administration
    Lewis and Clark Community College

    5800 Godfrey Rd.
    Godfrey, IL 62035

    lartis@lc.edu
    Phone: (618) 468-3200
    Fax: (618) 468-7820

    Media Inquiries: 

    Louise Jett, Media Specialist
    NGRREC/L&C

    5800 Godfrey Rd.
    Godfrey, IL 62035

    ljett@lc.edu
    Phone: (618) 468-3220