A $150,000 grant will help the University of Illinois at Springfield study flooding. A handful of students will be examining the Illinois River on the Emiquon and Merwin restoration project sites in Fulton and Brown Counties. Biology professor Michael Lemke, director of the Therkildsen Field Station, says the grant will aid the study of seasonal and long-term changes caused by river water being flushed into the floodplain river ecosystem.
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“Eventually, some areas, like Emiquon, will be opened up the (Illinois River) with a managed connection, so this might give us some information about how floods, people and ecology get along together,” he said. The National Science Foundation grant supports a Ph.D. candidate, two UIS graduate students and three UIS undergraduate students to study river ecology. Lemke said the students have already begun the work.