(20 ILCS 4003/15)
    Sec. 15. Duties of the Council.
    (a) The Council shall:
        (1) periodically review activities and programs
    
administered by State and federal agencies that directly impact the Mississippi River and its tributaries;
        (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 Mississippi River and its tributaries;
        (4) advise and make recommendations to the Governor
    
and State agencies on ways to better coordinate the expenditure of appropriated funds affecting the Mississippi River and its tributaries;
        (5) encourage local communities to develop water
    
management plans to address stormwater, erosion, flooding, sedimentation, and pollution problems and 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 Mississippi 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 State; and
        (6) help identify possible sources of additional
    
funding for Mississippi River water management projects and projects and activities related to the Great River Road, a national scenic and recreational highway.
    (b) Subject to appropriation, the Council may pay for a membership to the National Mississippi River Commission.
(Source: P.A. 97-178, eff. 7-22-11.)