Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District

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Announcement of 2nd Round of Copperas Creek Grant Applications

We will be accepting applications for Copperas Creek Watershed landowners for conservation projects funded through IL EPA from 7/15 – 10/1/20. Please visit our website page for more details on what practices are available and how to sign up. In conjunction with the second round of sign ups, we will be hosting 2 upcoming education events. These events will provide great first-hand information on how conservation can be implemented on your property.

“Take a BMPy Ride With Us” is a guided self-driving tour to visit some conservation BMP practices currently at work within the watershed. The tour will begin at Illinois City Hall parking lot on 8/26/20 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This event is free and includes a boxed lunch to attendees that complete the tour at the final stop (Reynolds Legion Pavilion). There will be multiple stops and viewing opportunities as well as question and answer portions from landowners and RISWCD staff and partners. Registration is required if you want a lunch.

“Give Back to Your Roots” Forestry Workshop is being held at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve - Horse Corral Pavilion on 9/12/20 from 9 am to Noon. Presenters will discuss invasive species, tree ID, maintenance, and diversity. This workshop has a cost of $5 per person and is limited to 40 people due to the Phase 4 guidelines implemented by the State of Illinois and requires pre-registration. Register online here. A sack lunch will be provided at the end of the workshop for all participants and is included in the $5 registration fee. Rain date 9/19.

Partners for Conservation funds available for fall cover crops

We have limited availability of cost share funds for farmers interested in cover crops this fall. Research has clearly shown multiple production, conservation, and environmental benefits from cover crops including weed suppression, soil health, and erosion control. You may also be eligible for a reduction in your crop insurance. Call our office for more information.

COVID-19 Update

Due to re-opening requirements in place, our office is still closed to customers, however SWCD and NRCS staff are available by appointment. Please call the office for assistance. 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.

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

Upcoming Events

Name Day Loc and Time
2nd Round of Sign-Ups for Copperas Creek Watershed 7/15 - 10/1  
Copperas Creek Stakeholder Virtual Meeting 7/29 Time TBD
Board Meeting 8/4 5pm
Watershed BMP Driving Tour beginning at Illinois City Town Hall (flyer) 8/26 10:30am - 1pm
Board Meeting 9/1 5pm
"Give Back to Your Roots" Forest Management Workshop @ Loud Thunder Forest Preserve (flyer) 9/12 9am - Noon
Tree Sale 8/1 - 10/13  
Tree Sale Pick-Up 10/26 - 10/27  

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Contact Us

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