CHAMPAIGN, IL – State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Services (NCRS) of Illinois will be offering funding for the following Landscape Conservation Initiatives: the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) and the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).
Producers that have agricultural, pasture, or forest land in either of these project areas can apply for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). By using the program, EQIP can implement different conservation practices that will decrease soil erosion and also improve both water quality and wildlife habitat.
To receive funds in these projects you must live in the following areas:
Clinton Lake – Includes portions of DeWitt, McLean and Piatt Counties.
Crow Creek West/Clear Creek – Includes portions of Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam and
Upper Macoupin Creek – Includes portions of Macoupin County. Vermilion Headwaters-
Includes portions of Ford, Iroquois, Livingston and McLean Counties.
Douglas Creek Watershed – Includes portions of St. Clair County.
Crooked Creek-Bon Pas Watershed – Includes portions of Richland, Wabash, Edwards, and
Lake Vermilion Watershed – Includes portions of Vermilion County. Lake De Revey Watershed-
Includes portions of Vermilion County.
Painter Creek Watershed – Includes portions of Vermilion County.
Lake Bloomington – Money Creek Watershed – Includes portions of McLean County.
Blue Mound – Money Creek Watershed – Includes portions of McLean County.
The deadline to apply for funding this year are both April 19th and May 17th. NRCS also encourages producers to apply any time of the year as they accept applications passes the deadline dates. For more information, visit NRCS’ website: www.il.nrcs.usda.gov. Or for more information on EQIP, contact your local NRCS field office or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/il/programs/financial/eqip/.