(20 ILCS 4060/15)
Duties of the Council.
The Council shall do the following:
(1) periodically review activities and programs
administered by State and federal agencies that directly impact the Wabash and Ohio Rivers and their 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 Wabash and Ohio Rivers and their tributaries;
(4) advise and make recommendations to the Governor
and State agencies on ways to better coordinate the expenditure of appropriated funds affecting the Wabash and Ohio Rivers and their 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 Wabash and Ohio Rivers and their 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 Wabash and Ohio Rivers water management projects.
(Source: P.A. 95-132, eff. 1-1-08.)