Water Survey, Dept. of Natural Resources, Illinois
Data Center Description
The Illinois State Water Survey has flourished for more than a century by anticipating and responding to new challenges and opportunities to serve the citizens of Illinois. Today, the Water Survey continues to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability by developing new programs, while continuing to provide long-standing services upon which Illinoisans have come to rely.
A sense of dynamism is also apparent in staff changes, facilities renovation and acquisition, and reorganization. Overall, we are positioning ourselves to improve efficiency and productivity, and to make the Water Survey a safer and more pleasant place to work.
Upon comparing the challenges and opportunities facing the Water Survey with the existing organizational structure, I noticed a problem: the Water Survey was organized by scientific discipline - atmospheric science, hydrology, and chemistry - whereas the policy, resource management, and research issues are complex and largely interdisciplinary in nature. Consequently, I proposed to the Board of Natural Resources and Conservation and obtained its approval to reorganize the Water Survey in a manner that reflects these realities and complexities.
The new organizational structure of the Water Survey includes three technical sections (watershed science, groundwater, and atmospheric environment), one national program, and an analytical chemistry and service unit, together with central administration and management functions conducted in the Office of the Chief. The Water Survey is positioning itself to provide monitoring, analytical, and mathematical modeling capabilities to address issues under the umbrella of the new programs.
Each of the three technical sections share some common features: information services; a focus on environmental impacts and responses; data collection for the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program; and a renewed emphasis on modeling studies, research, and analysis. A significant portion of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) involves chemical analysis and data dissemination. The primary focus of the Analytical Chemistry & Technology Unit is public service.