SWCDS DELIVER

DRIVING VALUE, DELIVERING CONSERVATION
TRUSTED RESOURCES

TRUSTED RESOURCES

SWCDs are local, trusted resources that provide a wide variety of services that includes technical expertise and assistance towards resource management, conservation planning, outreach and education.

SUSTAINERS

SUSTAINERS

SWCDs work to protect Illinois’ greatest assets – the rich, fertile soils and water resources of the state through strategic conservation efforts. SWCDs, working in conjunction with agricultural as well as environmental stakeholders, have for decades over played a central role in efforts to protect and sustain the viability of Illinois’ natural resources for future generations.

IMPLEMENTORS

IMPLEMENTORS

SWCDs help to implement farm conservation practices, protect groundwater resources, conserve and restore wetlands/habitat, and work with other levels of government, homeowners, and developers to manage Illinois’ land in an environmentally sensitive manner.

RECENT NEWS

Improving Water Quality in Illinois

Conservation & Water Quality One conservation practice that greatly benefits water quality, yet is often overlooked, is wetlands. Consider promoting this practice in your District or constructing one on your land in an area with Read more…

NEW: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF CONSERVATION DISTRCITS

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SWCDS DELIVER FOR ILLINOIS
500,000 PEOPLE

500,000 PEOPLE

SWCDs provide technical assistance on a variety of natural resource issues such as soil conservation, water quality, nutrient manegment, sustainable land use, and conservation education. Over 500,000 Illinoisans across the urban and rural landscape benefit from the services of SWCDs each year.

$400M IN ACTIVE CONTRACTS

$400M IN ACTIVE CONTRACTS

SWCDs provide ongoing technical and administartive support to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement various federal Farm Bill programs. At any given time in Illinois, there are over $400M in active, multiyear USDA contracts that SWCDs are helping to administer.

170,000+ POUNDS OF NITROGEN

170,000+ POUNDS OF NITROGEN

SWCDs help to implement conservation practices that help to prevent an estimated 170,000 - 180,000 pounds of Nitrogen from reaching ditches, streams, lakes, and rivers. This supports the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.

85,000+ TONS OF SOIL

85,000+ TONS OF SOIL

SWCDs help to implement conservation practices that account for an estimated reduction of 85,000 - 90,000 tons of soil loss that curbs erosion of waterways, stream banks, and productive farmland.

1,872 ATTENDEES

1,872 ATTENDEES

SWCDs hosted 92 watershed meetings last year with 1,872 people attending those meetings. SWCDs are doing their part to raise awareness of water quality issues.