NGRREC is unique, focusing on research projects that are as diverse as the river itself. Our work focuses on all aspects of the ecology and management of large rivers, including aquatic, floodplain, and terrestrial habitats, watershed processes, and the human communities that depend on river-floodplain ecosystems.
A division of Lewis and Clark Community College, NGRREC was founded in 2002 through a collaborative partnership between the Illinois Natural History Survey, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL.
- To conduct research that makes significant contributions to our understanding of big rivers and their watersheds.
- To actively solicit input from the community and other stakeholders to ensure that our research is truly relevant and responsive to societal needs.
- To promote the use of adaptive management and continuous improvement strategies that regularly apply lessons learned from the river/watershed sites to ongoing sustainable management practices, continuing research, and policy development.
- To develop and implement education and outreach programs that foster a greater understanding and appreciation for the great rivers, and extend and apply knowledge gained from the research to protect and sustain the quality of river environments.