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First Annual Illinois Water Trail Conference
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When: Monday, October 15, 2018
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Illinois 
United States

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Discussions to focus on 
• Benefits of Water Trails 
• How to establish Water Trails 
• Community Engagement 
• National Water Trail Designation 
• Living Water Trail – Paddle Events 
• Leave no Trace Campsites 
• Fundraising 

Anticipated Participants to include 
• Water Trail and Waterway Advocacy Groups 
• Federal, State and Regional Planning Agencies 
• City and County Planners and Administrators 
• Planning Consultants 
• Kayak/Canoe Enthusiasts 
• Event Planners 
• Local Canoe and Kayak Organizations 

Confirmed speakers include 
• Diane Banta, National Park Service 
• Laura Barghusen, Openlands 
• Karen Miller, Kane County Development, Fox River 
• Joe Ginger, Pecatonica River Foundation 
• Carol Hays, Prairie Rivers Network 
• Scott Hewitt, Sangamon River “Abe Lincoln Trail” 

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