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Illinois Water Science Center

Laboratory Information:

Illinois Water Science Center
1201 W. University Ave.
Suite 100
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-344-0037
Agency/Department: Dept. of Interior
Region: Midwest

Background/History of the Laboratory:

As one of the 48 Science Centers in the Water Discipline of the U.S. Geological Survey, the Illinois Water Science Center is an integral part of a Federal agency devoted to data collection, applied science, scientific research, and dissemination of information.

USGS Illinois Water Science Center has three offices - the main Science Center Office in Urbana and two satellite offices in De Kalb and Mt. Vernon.

Studies conducted by the USGS Illinois Water Science Center encompass the following hydrologic disciplines and related scientific fields:

  • Surface-water hydrology and hydraulics
  • Ground-water hydrology
  • Water and sediment chemistry
  • Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Limnology
  • Geomorphology
  • Cartography and Geographic Information Systems
  • Sedimentology

Mission of the Laboratory:

The USGS Illinois Water Science Center provides relevant, unbiased, water-resources information and expertise needed by others to achieve the best use and management of water resources in Illinois, the Midwest, and the United States.

The USGS Illinois Water Science Center collects data, conducts interpretive water-resources appraisals and research, and disseminates information in a timely manner. Studies encompass the four following areas:

  • Hydrologic Data Collection,
  • Hydrologic-Data Bases,
  • Hydrologic Studies, and
  • Hydrologic-Analytical Techniques.