The Illinois Groundwater Consortium (IGC) was established in 1990 to investigate
the short- and long-term effects of agricultural chemical contamination
on groundwater, the environment, and, ultimately, human health and welfare.
IGC members—the Illinois State Geological
Survey, the Illinois State Water
Survey, Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville, the University
of Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station, and the University
of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service—worked toward
providing a scientifically valid basis for agricultural management and
regulatory decisions affecting groundwater.
About the IGC
The IGC was funded by Congressional appropriations through the
Department of Agriculture and administered by SIUC's Office
of Research Development and Administration. Funding for the consortium ended with the 2003 fiscal year. This web site is still being maintained in abbreviated form to allow access to IGC research findings.
The IGC began its work with basic research studies on groundwater, particularly
groundwater contamination and the effects of flooding on groundwater and
surface water in Illinois. In its later years of operation, the consortium emphasized
the relationship between land use practices, particularly urban and industrial
growth, and water quality and quantity. The IGC funded grants on a competitive basis from
proposals submitted by consortium members. A research/planning conference held each year in April brought
together researchers, government agency personnel, and other interested
parties to discuss IGC research findings and to chart future directions
for the consortium.
Each year, the IGC published technical proceedings
of its research conference. Proceedings from 2001 onward are published
online only. Prior to 2001, print volumes were published, with abstracts
provided online for recent volumes. Back copies are still available for
An occasional publication, the Groundwater
Bulletin, was published in Winter 1993/94 and Winter 1995/96. It summarized
findings to date for the general public, principally farmers and others
involved in agriculture, public health, and related fields.
This site is hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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