By Ivy Main (own work), via Wikimedia Commons
The Upper Silver Creek Watershed Plan, developed with assistance from local watershed stakeholders, is a road map to addressing water quality problems — such as the erosion seen in this stock image — in a strategic way.
A sign-up period is open for landowners to apply for funding to put toward watershed improvement projects in the Upper Silver Creek watershed.
The watershed is a 120,000-acre area that drains to Silver Creek above the Madison-St. Clair county line. The watershed is mostly in Madison County, but includes areas in Macoupin and Montgomery counties.
The Upper Silver Creek Watershed Plan, developed with assistance from local watershed stakeholders, is a road map to addressing water quality and flooding problems in a strategic way. The plan recommends voluntary practices for individuals, communities and counties to implement across the watershed. The Illinois EPA 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Control grant recently awarded to HeartLands Conservancy is designed to help implement certain best management practices recommended in the plan. HeartLands Conservancy is seeking landowners to sign up to install these best management practices, using the new funds as a cost share.
Eligible projects are grassed waterways, pond, streambank stabilization, stream channel stabilization, terraces, and water and sediment control basins. These projects will improve water quality and reduce the impacts of local or downstream flooding to some extent.
The grant will reimburse a portion of construction costs spent on selected projects.
Unfortunately, not all projects can be funded. Projects will be selected based on their pollutant reduction, cost, stormwater management impact and other criteria.
To find out if property is in the watershed, view the watershed map available at co.madison.il.us/departments/planning_and_development/silver_creek_cost_share_program.php.
This sign-up period closes Oct. 20. Future sign-up periods will be announced, as funding is available, at facebook.com/HeartLandsConservancy.
To sign up to implement a project using these funds, fill in the application at surveymonkey.com/r/uppersilvercreek319, or fill out and mail in the application available at co.madison.il.us/departments/planning_and_development/silver_creek_watershed_plan.php.
For more information about the cost share program, contact project manager Janet Buchanan at HeartLands Conservancy at (618) 566-4451, ext. 25, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HeartLands Conservancy would like to thank project partners Illinois EPA, Madison County Planning and Development, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District and Midwest Streams Inc. for their assistance in obtaining and supporting this program.
For information about HeartLands Conservancy, visit HeartLandsConservancy.org.