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  • 1. Introduction to Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts Kelsey Musich, CPESC Resource Conservationist Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
  • 2. Soil and Water Conservation Districts Soil and Water Conservation Districts were an result of the Depression and the dust storms of the 1930’s. These storms brought clouds of dust from the West to the Atlantic Seaboard and beyond. On April 27, 1935 an Act of Congress established the Soil Conservation Service, formerly the Soil Erosion Service. In October of 1994 to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  • 3. SWCDs
    • 1936 - the USDA issued a pamphlet entitled “ A Standard State Soil Conservation Districts Law”
    • 1937 - the Illinois General Assembly adopted the Soil Conservation District Law
    • “ You had to own land in order to vote for organization,” Giving the local counties control over whether to form a District or not.
    • 1938 - The first IL District formed under the Law was St. Clair County
    • Other SWCDs followed shortly after
    • 1961 - the Law changed to the Soil & Water Conservation Districts Act
  • 4. Soil and Water Conservation Districts A Soil and Water Conservation District is a locally organized and locally operated unit of government functioning under Illinois law, to promote protection, maintenance, improvement and wise use of the soil, water and related resources within the District. Directed by 5 elected officials – Board of Directors
  • 5. What Do SWCD’s Do? An Illinois Perspective
  • 6. Background – Illinois SWCDs
    • IL Department of Agriculture
    • Partners with NRCS
    • 102 counties in IL – 98 SWCDs
  • 7. Illinois SWCDs – Services Provided
    • Education Programs
    • Watershed Planning
    • Agricultural Cost Share Programs
        • CPP (conservation practices)
        • CREP ( conservation reserve/enhancement program )
        • WDP (well sealing)
        • SSRP (Streambank stabilization)
        • HRP (habitat restoration)
  • 8. Background – Illinois SWCDs
    • Urban Programs
      • Natural Resource Inventories
        • Zoning Changes (22.02a reports)
      • Erosion/Sediment Control Program
        • Paperwork Reviews
        • Site Inspections
  • 9. Background – Kane/DuPage SWCD
    • Partnerships
      • US Army Corps of Engineers – Chicago
        • ICA for SESC oversight
      • IL Environmental Protection Agency
        • Program for SESC oversight
      • 6 Municipal Agreements
  • 10. KDSWCD Partners
    • 5 Municipal Agreements or MOUs in Kane
      • Aurora
      • North Aurora
      • Batavia
      • Elburn
      • Gilberts
    • City of Chicago - OMP
    • Agreement with Kane & DuPage County
      • GIS data sharing
  • 11. Interagency Cooperative Agreement
    • 7 SWCDs in Northeastern Illinois
    • Chicago District of the Army Corps of Engineers in 1997
        • Applicant applies for a 404 CWA permit
        • Submittal to SWCD
        • Plan Review, Approval Letter, Site Inspections
  • 12. IEPA Pilot Program - NPDES
    • The Pilot program is unique to Illinois
      • 18 and counting SWCDs assist IEPA
      • Compliance inspections
    • CPESC – 32 SWCD Staff
      • Certified Professional in
      • Erosion and Sediment Control
  • 13. Serving Communities BOONE CO. – Inspecting proper installation of erosion control fencing at a development site
  • 14. Serving Communities BOONE CO. – District staff perform soil borings for septic suitability prior to development
  • 15. Serving Communities KANE-DUPAGE CO. – Encourage Stream diversions in a development area
  • 16. Serving Communities KANE-DUPAGE CO. – High school stream monitoring project
  • 17. Serving Communities CHAMPAIGN CO. – Barnhart Prairie Restoration & Kenneth Kesler Education Center
  • 18. Serving Communities CASS CO. – Arbor Day education program and seedling give away
  • 19. Serving Communities PEORIA CO. – Stream bank protection and flood control project
  • 20. Serving Communities Kane DuPage SWCD SESC inspections
  • 21. Serving Producers WHITESIDE CO. – Staff assist landowners with enrolling and protecting CRP land
  • 22. Serving Producers HANCOCK CO. – This toe wall structure, funded by C-2000 funds, stops runoff water from cutting back into field and ruining the waterway
  • 23. Serving Producers KANKAKEE CO. – Representatives from the Chicago Climate Exchange gain firsthand knowledge of agricultural practices eligible for carbon credits
  • 24. Serving Producers MADISON CO. – Stream bank stabilization practices keep Cahokia Creek from eroding away this farmer’s field
  • 25. Serving Producers LASALLE CO. – Buffer strips provide wildlife habitat and help keep streams and ditches sediment free
  • 26. Serving Producers . . . with no-till and other cultural practices
  • 27. Serving Citizens MERCER CO. – This Stone Toe practice will divert water away from the eroding stream bank and . . . .
  • 28. Serving Citizens . . . protect this newly constructed bridge
  • 29. Serving Citizens GRUNDY CO. – Tours help these “lady landowners” learn how to use best management practices to protect the land they own
  • 30. Serving Citizens MACON CO. – The district’s watershed protection program will help protect the dredged areas in Lake Decatur
  • 31. IEPA Construction Site Inspection Program
    • The Pilot program is unique to IL
      • 18 and counting SWCDs participate
      • 32 SWCD staff are CPESC or CPESC-IT
      • Kane/DuPage signed in October 2005
    • CPESC
      • Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control
  • 32.
    • Soil and Water Conservation Districts do much for the economy of Illinois. In 2006, nearly $179,000,000 in federal funding was allocated to Illinois to share farmer’s costs and provide incentives for implementing Farm Bill programs.
    • Much of that money would not be available without soil and water conservation district assistance.
  • 33. Any Questions?