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September 17, 2019by ncdea

ILLINOIS, Kankakee County SWCD – The Kankakee County Soil and Water Conservation District exists to provide information and services regarding the conservation, development and management of the land and water. Working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service , they help residents implement practices that conserve soil, water and other natural resources.

“We show the public a better way to manage natural resources,” said Emilie Janes, KCSWCD resource conservationist. To further their mission, the KCSWCD offers programs and services to those in the farming and the agriculture industries.

Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources (STAR), a simple, free and confidential tool, assists farm operators and land owners evaluate their nutrient and soil loss management practices on individual fields, stated Janes. The ultimate goal of this program is to meet the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS). The STAR program was developed by the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District and was adopted by soil and water conservation district’s through Illinois.

“The STAR program helps farmers assess their nutrient and soil loss management practices on individual fields and identify areas to improve,” said Janes. “It assists producers in obtaining documentation to support potential water quality issues and shows strides toward meeting the goals of Illinois’ nutrient loss reduction strategy as well as obtain potential market incentives for sustainable cropping practices.”

Source: Protecting natural resources mission of KCSWCD



July 15, 2019by ncdea

ILLINOIS, Macon County CD – Volunteers on Saturday explored the Sangamon River’s wildlife and tested for water quality. 

Melody Arnold, an educator at the Macon County Conservation District, said the volunteers who began their work near the Lincoln Trail Homestead were looking for creatures large and small, including larvae of dragonflies and mayflies, freshwater mussels, fish and turtles.

They also discussed techniques used by the Illinois RiverWatch Network, a volunteer stream monitoring program that aims to turn people into “citizen scientists” who can help report conditions. 

“That’s one way that scientists are able to keep track of what’s happening with our streams without having to go out there themselves,” Arnold said.

Source: Volunteers explore Sangamon River wildlife | Local | herald-review.com



April 5, 2019by ncdea

ILLINOIS, Boone County CD – Two new conservation areas have been established in Boone County to help preserve important habitats and expand the public’s opportunity to view nature’s gifts.The Boone County Conservation District has purchased 25 acres along the Kishwaukee River near Garden Prairie. The site is named the Silberhorn Conservation Area.

Source: Boone County Conservation District purchases 2 properties


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