(20 ILCS 3967/20)
Duties of the Council.
The Council shall:
(1) periodically review activities and programs
administered by State and federal agencies that directly impact the Illinois River Watershed;
(2) work with local communities and organizations to
encourage partnerships that enhance awareness and capabilities to address watershed and water resource concerns and to encourage strategies that protect, restore, and expand critical habitats and soil conservation and water quality practices;
(3) work with State and federal agencies to optimize
the expenditure of funds affecting the Illinois River Watershed;
(4) advise and make recommendations to the Governor
and State agencies on ways to better coordinate the expenditure of appropriated funds affecting the Illinois River Watershed, including Illinois River 2020;
(5) encourage local communities to develop watershed
management plans to address stormwater, erosion, flooding, sedimentation, and pollution problems and shall encourage projects for the natural conveyance and storage of floodwaters, the enhancement of wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities, the recovery, management, and conservation of the Illinois River and its tributaries, the preservation of farmland, prairies, and forests, and the use of measurable economic development efforts that are compatible with the ecological health of the Watershed and this State;
(6) help identify possible sources of additional
funding for watershed management projects; and
(7) advise and make recommendations to the Governor
on funds and the priority of projects.
To the extent practical, the Council shall perform its duties in accordance
with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor's Integrated Management Plan for the
Illinois River Watershed Technical Report (1997).
(Source: P.A. 92-181, eff. 7-27-01.)