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Public Act 095-0132




Public Act 095-0132
HB0987 Enrolled LRB095 07654 HLH 27806 b

    AN ACT concerning local government.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Wabash
and Ohio Rivers Coordinating Council Act.
    Section 5. Legislative Purpose. The restoration and
conservation of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers and their
tributaries is in the economic and ecological interest of the
citizens of this State. It is further in the public interest to
establish, implement, and monitor water management projects
run by local, State, federal and not for profit entities.
    Section 10. Wabash and Ohio Rivers Coordinating Council.
    (a) There is established the Wabash and Ohio Rivers
Coordinating Council (Council), consisting of 13 voting
members. One member shall be the Lieutenant Governor who shall
serve as a voting member and as chairperson of the Council. The
Directors of the following agencies and departments, or their
designees, shall serve as ex-officio voting members: the
Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity, the Illinois Environmental Protection
Agency, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department
of Transportation. In addition, the Council shall include one
member, appointed by the Governor, representing soil and water
conservation districts located in the proximity of the Wabash
and Ohio Rivers and its tributaries, and 6 members, appointed
by the Governor, representing local communities and
not-for-profit organizations working to protect the Wabash and
Ohio Rivers and their tributaries, businesses, agriculture,
recreation, conservation, and the environment.
    (b) The Governor may appoint, as non-voting members,
individuals representing the interests of the states that
border the Wabash and Ohio Rivers and individuals representing
federal agencies.
    (c) The voting members of the Council who are appointed by
the Governor shall serve 2-year terms, except that of the
initial appointments, 3 members shall be appointed to serve
2-year terms and 4 members to serve one-year terms.
    (d) The Council shall meet at least quarterly.
    (e) The Office of the Lieutenant Governor shall be
responsible for the operations of the Council, including,
without limitation, funding and oversight of the Council's
activities. Members of the Council shall serve without
compensation, but may be reimbursed for necessary travel
    (f) This Section is subject to the provisions of Section
405-500 of the Department of Central Management Services Law.
    Section 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
    (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.
    Section 20. Agency duties. State agencies represented on
the Council shall provide to the Council, on request,
information concerning agency programs, data, and activities
that impact the restoration and preservation of the Wabash and
Ohio Rivers and their tributaries.

Effective Date: 1/1/2008