Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District

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COVID-19 RESPONSE

Due to social distancing requirements in place for Illinois, our office is currently closed through April 30th. SWCD staff continues to work remotely and are available via email. See “About Us” page for links to staff emails. NRCS staff are available by appointment only. Please call the office for assistance. Our spring tree and native plant sales are cancelled. Currently our fish sale is postponed and we are working on trying out an online ordering system. Follow our facebook page for updates! We hope to have plants available for a walk-in sale in late May or early June. We are still accepting applications for conservation projects including continuous CRP, EQIP, Copperas Creek watershed, and PFC. Delays in site visits and project implementation may be incurred, but we will do our best to continue to provide technical and financial assistance during this unprecedented time. 

IEPA AWARDS $180,000 TO ROCK ISLAND COUNTY SWCD

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John J. Kim announced Rock Island Soil and Water Conservation District will receive just over $180,000 in grant funding to provide technical and financial assistance to rural landowners to voluntarily implement the locally developed Copperas Creek Watershed Plan. “This project will help landowners implement best management practices (BMPs) in the Copperas Creek Watershed, a tributary of the Mississippi River, to reduce nonpoint source pollution, soil erosion, and nutrient and sediment loading, in order to improve overall water quality,” Director Kim said. “This watershed is identified by Illinois EPA as a priority watershed for nonpoint source implementation activities this year.” In addition to BMPs, the Copperas Creek Watershed Plan includes a public education program with the implementation of a nutrient management forum, signage, a BMP tour, newsletters, and a forestry management workshop. The overall outcome of the project is expected to reduce pollutant loadings of approximately 360 tons of sediment, 413 pounds of phosphorus, and 795 pounds of nitrogen annually.

Our 7.5 foot Great Plains No-Till Seeding Drill is available for rent for spring seeding.

Can be used for grain, small seed or native grasses. Rent our drill for $100/day + $12/acre. Pick-up at our office in Milan. All proceeds support conservation in Rock Island County.

NRCS EQIP APPLICATION DEADLINE

EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural and forestland producers. With EQIP, producers can successfully address natural resource issues on their farm. Some EQIP activities include installing structures to address gully erosion, improving pastureland diversity by inter-seeding, and improving soil health by increasing organic matter with cover crops. In addition to conservation practices, EQIP funds the development of a plan, such as Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs), Grazing Plans, Drainage Water Management Plans, and more. Producers interested in EQIP should submit a signed application (NRCS-CPA-1200 form) to their local NRCS field office by April 17, 2020 to be evaluated by NRCS staff for the funding period submitted. Through EQIP, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices. For information on EQIP, contact the local NRCS field office or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/il/programs/financial/eqip/

Upcoming Events

Name Day Loc and Time
Board Meeting 4/6 Cancelled
Fish Sale 4/8-5/1  
Tree Sale 4/23

Cancelled

Tree Sale 4/24

Cancelled

Native Plant Sale 5/8 Cancelled
Copperas Creek Watershed Cost Share Sign-up 3/12-
5/1
 
Board Meeting 5/5 5 pm
Fish Sale Pick-up 5/8 QCCA Expo Center Parking Lot  - 7am

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Contact Us

Rock Island SWCD
NRCS Milan Service Center
3020 1st Avenue East
(309) 764-1486 X 3
info@rockislandswcd.org