Prairie Research Institute Legislative Mandates and Responsibilities
Over the past 100 plus years, numerous legislative provisions have applied to the Scientific Surveys. These provisions have included administrative arrangements covering governance, retirement and personnel policies. They have also addressed scientific scope and policy roles including serving as collaborators with and advisors to administrative departments throughout the state. Some provisions, including undertaking specific studies, have been fulfilled and are no longer applicable.
In 2008 when the Scientific Surveys, including the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, were moved under the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, general powers and duties of the Scientific Surveys in the new Institute were articulated in Section 20 of the University of Illinois Scientific Surveys Act (P.A. 95-728). This action was approved by the Board of Trustees on July 24, 2008.
University of Illinois Scientific Surveys Act
110 ILCS 425/20 (Source: P.A. 95-728, eff. 7-1-08 – See Sec. 999.) View the full text of Public Act 095-0728.
General Powers and Duties
(1) To investigate and study the natural and cultural resources of the State and to prepare reports and furnish information fundamental to the conservation and development of natural and cultural resources and, for that purpose, the officers and employees thereof shall have the authority to enter and cross all lands in this State, doing no damage to private property.
(2) To collaborate with and advise departments having administrative powers and duties relating to the natural resources of the State, and to collaborate with similar departments in other states and with the United States Government.
(3) To conduct a natural history survey of the State, giving preference to subjects of educational and economical importance.
(4) To investigate the entomology of the State.
(5) To investigate all insects dangerous or injurious to agricultural or horticultural plants and crops, to livestock, to nursery trees and plants, to the products of the truck farm and vegetable garden, to shade trees and other ornamental vegetation of cities and villages, and to the products of the mills and the contents of warehouses, and all insects injurious or dangerous to the public health.
(6) To study the geological formation of the State with reference to its resources of coal, ores, clays, building stones, cement, materials suitable for use in the construction of the roads, gas, oil, mineral and artesian water, aquifers and aquitards, and other resources and products.
(7) To cooperate with United States federal agencies in the preparation and completion of a contour topographic map and the collection, recording, and printing of water and atmospheric resource data including stream flow measurements and to collect facts and data concerning the volumes and flow of underground, surface, and atmospheric waters of the State and to determine the mineral and chemical qualities of water from different geological formations and surface and atmospheric waters for the various sections of the State.
(8) To act as the central data repository and research coordinator for the State in matters related to water and atmospheric resources. The State Water Survey of the University of Illinois may monitor and evaluate all weather modification operations in Illinois.
(9) Provide the results of the investigations and research in the field of natural science to the end that the same may be distributed to the interested public.
(10) To perform all other duties and assume all obligations of the Department of Natural Resources pertaining to the State Water Survey, the State Geological Survey, the State Natural History Survey, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey.
(11) To maintain all previously existing relationships between the State Water Survey, the State Geological Survey, the State Natural History Survey, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and the public and private colleges and universities in Illinois.
(12) To participate in federal geologic mapping programs.
(13) To conduct educational programs to further the exchange of information to reduce the generation of hazardous wastes or to treat or dispose of such wastes so as to make them nonhazardous.
(14) To provide a technical information service for industries involved in the generation, treatment, or disposal of hazardous wastes.
(15) To disseminate information regarding advances in hazardous waste management technology that could both protect the environment and further industrial productivity.
(16) To provide research in areas related to reduction of the generation of hazardous wastes; treatment, recycling and reuse; and other issues that the Board may suggest.
(17) To investigate, preserve, and interpret the archaeological heritage of this State within the contexts of public needs and sustainable economic development through scientific research, public service, education, and outreach activities.
Updated 02/06/15 AW