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- Conservation | Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District | New Lenox
MAKING AN IMPACT The goal of Will/South Cook Soil & Water is to continue to be an integral part of the Conservation Movement led by members of the community. Together we can achieve a sustainable impact. Providing Leadership in Resource Management Since 1946. The Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District, organized in 1946, is one of 98 Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts empowered by state law to provide help and information about soil, water, and related natural resources. The District encompasses all of Will County and the portion of Cook County that lies south of 22nd Street. The District works together with the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help district residents conserve, develop, manage, and wisely use land, water, and related resources. The District and NRCS provide assistance to land managers, county and local governments, organized groups, and local communities; based on a combination of national, state, local, and community needs and concerns. The Primary Resource Concerns Of The Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District Include: Soil Erosion & Sediment Control The SWCD provides SESC Plan Review and Inspection services. Learn More > Water Quality Water Conservation description paragraph here Learn More > Natural Resource Management Natural Resource Management description paragraph here Learn More > Farmland Preservation Farmland Preservation description paragraph here Learn More > Conservation Education Conservation Education Description Paragraph here Learn More > Board of Directors Jon Doe Bio text here Jane Doe Bio text here James Doe Bio text here James Doe Bio text here James Doe Bio text here WHAT'S NEW… New information is being added weekly! Check back soon! COME JOIN US There are many exiting events that you can be a part of, including our District Board Meetings, held at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. View Our Complete Calendar of Events > FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM To view will.scookswcd Instagram account posted images.
- Scholarships | Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District | New Lenox
SCHOLARSHIPS At Will/South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District, we believe that providing our youth with support, not only transforms their paths but steers them toward a better future. Founded in 2009, we have been committed to supporting the lives of students through scholarship. Congratulations to our past scholarship winners. You are transforming your path and making a better future for all! Click Here to download this year's Conservation Education Scholarship Application 2022 Grace F 2019 Winner: Grace Frickenstein Grace Frickenstein, the daughter of Robert and Kristine of Frankfort, will receive the 2019 EverettMoeller Memorial Conservation Education Scholarship. Everett Moeller served on the Will-South Cook SWCD Board from 1993-2017and was a member of the Will County Farm Bureau where he was active in Ag in the Classroom, a program introducing younger students to agriculture. Grace is a student at Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort. She plans to attend The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and is interested in research that is geared toward conservation and preservation. Grace is passionate about archery and is very successful in local and national competitions. She is also took part in her school’s environmental action club and is a member of several honors societies including NHS, which she completes community service hours for quarterly. Emily D 2019 Winner: Emily Dickett Emily Dickett, the daughter of James and Julie of Western Springs, will receive the 2019 Allan MayMemorial Conservation EducationScholarship in memory Allan May who served as the Will-South Cook USDA-NRCS District Conservationist for 30 years. Emily is a student at the Lyons Township High School. She plans to study environmental engineering with a minor or double major in Spanish. Emily is involved in many school and community sponsored activities such as cross country soccer, tutoring, math team, church youth group, yearbook, and is very proud of being a part of the Lyons Township Community Advisory Council, which has sparked her interest in policy and lawmaking. Matthew A 2018 Winner: Matthew Atherton Matthew Atherton, the son of Daniel and Bridget of Plainfield, will receive the 2018 Allan May Memorial Conservation EducationScholarship in memory of Allan May who served as the Will-South Cook USDA-NRCS District Conservationist for 30 years. Matthew is a student at Plainfield Central High School in Plainfield. He plans to attend the University of Iowa, at Iowa City, Iowa in the fall where he will study natural resources. Matthew considers our natural environment a gift and is excited to pursue a career in natural resources protection, hoping to share what he learns with others. Matthew is currently employed part-time and is a member of the History Through Film Club. He spends as much time as he can outdoors and particularly enjoys fishing and visiting forest preserves. Lindsay S 2018 Winner: Lindsay Selfridge Lindsay Selfridge, the daughter of Christopher and Amy of Lemont, will receive the 2018 Harold Liberman Conservation Education Scholarship in memory of Harold Liberman who served as an Associate Director on the Will-South Cook SWCD from 2004-2017. Lindsay is a student at Lemont High School in Lemont. She plans to attend Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she will study environmental science. Lindsay plans a career in natural resource conservation that will include working in environmental policy - shaping legislation and regulations for pollution standards, species conservation and environmental management. Lindsay is a member of several honor societies, including Science, Mu Alpha Theta and Tri-M Music. President of the Lemont High School science club, Lindsay is currently leading a project to install a “green” roof on the school building. Lindsay is also active in her community and through Project Infinite Green is working with industry scientists devoted to the pursuit of clean energy. Lindsay enjoys traveling with her family, kayaking and hiking. Lauren T 2018 Winner: Lauren Trail Lauren Trail, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth of Western Springs, will receive the 2018 Everett Moeller Conservation Education Scholarship in memory of Everett Moeller who served on the Will-South Cook SWCD Board from 1993-2017. Lauren is a student at Lyons Township High School in La Grange. She plans to attend the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan or University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin where she will pursue dual degrees in environmental science and arts. As a result of studying environmental science in a high school AP course, Lauren has found a passion for natural resources. She plans to pursue a career that combines both degrees by designing new technologies that create sustainable solutions for the earth. Lauren has volunteered as physics peer tutor at school and is a member of the Plymouth Fellowship Youth Group at 1st Congregational Church in Western Springs where she participates in mission work. Lauren is also the editor of Menagerie, a student run art and literary school publication. An award winning artist, Lauren enjoys traveling, camping and down hill skiing. Adam J 2017 Winner: Adam Janicki On Thursday, March 2nd, Adam Janicki of LaGrange was presented with the 2017 Allan May Memorial Conservation Education Scholarship from the Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District. Adam is the son of Glenn and Ann of LaGrange. Adam was presented with the award during the SWCD’s Annual Recognition Dinner at the Peotone Atrium. Established in 2007, the $1000 scholarship is awarded each year in memory of Allan May who served as the Will-South Cook USDA-NRCS District Conservationist for 30 years. Luke’s name will be engraved on a plaque, commemorating the scholarship, on display in the SWCD office in New Lenox. Adam is a student at the Lyons Township High School in LaGrange. He plans to attend University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in the fall where he will study Conservation Biology. With concern for the destruction of biodiversity, Adam hopes to manage and protect biodiversity through activism, education and field research. In addition to volunteering at St. Xavier Catholic Church and Eden Place Conservation Center, Adam’s hobbies include canoeing, hiking and camping. Danielle M 2017 Winner: Danielle Murawski On Thursday, March 2nd, Danielle Murawski of Oak Forest was presented with the 2017 Richard “Dick” McHugh Memorial Conservation Education Scholarship from the Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District. Danielle is the daughter of George and Sharry of Oak Forest. Danielle was presented with the award during the SWCD’s Annual Recognition Dinner at the Peotone Atrium, Will County Fairgrounds. Established in 2009, the $1000 scholarship is awarded each year in memory of Dick McHugh who served on the Will-South Cook SWCD Board for an amazing and unprecedented 50 years. Danielle’s name will be engraved on a plaque, commemorating the scholarship, on display in the SWCD office in New Lenox. Danielle is a student at Oak Forest High School. She plans to attend Olivet Nazarene University at Bourbonnais, Illinois in the fall where she will study Environmental Science. A member of the Oak Forest H.S. Ecology club, Danielle is also active in local prairie and forest preserve conservation activities. Danielle’s hobbies include drawing, bike riding, yoga and tennis. With a strong appreciation for the environment, Danielle’s future plans include a career protecting and restoring natural resources. Anna C. 2016 Winner: Anna-Christina Crisman The SWCD is pleased to announce that Anna-Christina Crisman, the daughter of Jeffery and Katerina of New Lenox, will receive the Manrow Hameister Conservation Education Scholarship. Mr. Hameister served as an Associate Director of the Will/South Cook SWCD until 1990 and as a Conservation Leader until the time of his passing October 12, 2015, he was instrumental in the success of the SWCD’s Annual Meeting and Pork Chop Dinner. Anna-Christina is a student at Lincoln-Way West in New Lenox. She plans to attend Valparaiso University at Valparaiso, Indiana in the fall and will study biology. Passionate about abating the pollution of our oceans, Anna-Christina hopes to become a marine biologist. Her hobbies include playing the violin and piano, swimming and reading. Madeline P. 2016 Winner: Madeline Poole Madeline Poole, the daughter of Thomas and Susan of Chicago, will receive the 2016 Allan May Memorial Conservation Education Scholarship in memory Allan May who served as the Will-South Cook USDA-NRCS District Conservationist for 30 years. Madeline is a student at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. She plans to attend University of Illinois at Champaign, Illinois in the fall where she will study Agricultural and Biological Engineering. With concern for the conservation of soil and water resources, Madeline hopes to work in the field of soil fertility and advanced irrigation after graduating from college. Abigail enjoys kayaking, hiking and reading. Abigail Z. 2016 Winner: Abigail Zabrodsky Abigail Zabrodsky, the daughter of Andre and Christina of Brookfield, will receive the 2016 Richard “Dick” McHugh Memorial Conservation Education Scholarship in memory of Dick McHugh who served on the Will / South Cook SWCD Board for an amazing and unprecedented 50 years. Abigail is a student at Lyons Township High School. She plans to attend Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa in the fall where she will study Environmental Science and Forestry. Abigail’s hobbies include hiking, playing laser tag and embroidery. With a strong appreciation for the environment, Abigail would like to work as a soil conservationist, urban forester or a park ranger after graduating college. Luke S 2015 Winner: Luke Schubbe Luke Schubbe, the son of Brian and Sheri Schubbe of Peotone, is the 2015 recipient of the Allan May Conservation Scholarship. Luke is a student at Peotone High School. He plans to attend Illinois State University at Normal, Illinois in the fall where he will study agronomy management and crop/soil science. Luke comes from a family that has farmed for many generations and he expects to carry on the tradition after his graduation. His studies will help him to improve the productivity and efficiency of his family’s business while also conserving the farmland for future generations. Active in his community and his church, Luke also manages his own hay business. He enjoys spending time with friends, playing guitar, physical fitness and restoring antique vehicles. Sara B 2015 Winner: Sara Berndt Sara Berndt, the daughter of Joseph and Jill Berndt of Tinley Park, is the 2015 recipient of the Dick McHugh Memorial Scholarship. Sara is a student at Tinley Park High School. She plans to attend Illinois State University at Normal, Illinois in the fall where she will study Conservation Biology. Sara’s hobbies include taking long walks, drawing, playing sports and going to movies. With a strong appreciation for the environment, Sara would like to work for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or the Forest Preserve District of Will County after graduating from college. Will K. 2014 Winner: Will Kibler Will Kibler of Lockport is the recipient of the 2014 Allan May Memorial Conservation Education Scholarship. Will, the son of William and Kathy Kibler, is a student at Plainfield Central High School. He plans to attend Joliet Junior College in the fall with his future plans including a career in Forestry Management. Active in his community and his church, Will enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing and anything involving the outdoors. Lindsay J. 2014 Winner: Lindsay Johnson Lindsay Johnson of Monee is the the 2014 recipient of the Dick McHugh Memorial Scholarship. Lindsay, the daughter of Rick and and Andrea Johnson, is a student at Peotone High School. She plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall where she will study Agricultural Communications. An Illinois State Scholar, Lindsay is active in the Peotone FFA Chapter, owns and operates a forage entrepreneurship, is active in Peotone Marching Band and volunteers in several activities within her community. Lindsay’s hobbies include writing, photography and caring for her horses. Lindsay expects to work for an ag-related publication after graduating college. Dakota C. 2013 Winner: Dakota Cowger Dakota Cowger, the 2013 recipient of the Richard McHugh Scholarship, is a student at Peotone High School. He plans to attend the University of Illinois – College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) in the fall where he will study Agriculture Education. Active in the Peotone FFA Chapter, Dakota hopes one day to lead an FFA chapter of his own. Dakota has volunteered his time with Peotone Relay for Life, Helping Hands and enjoys farming with his family, growing vegetables and spending time with friends. Rachel J. 2012 Winner: Rachel Januska Rachel Januska, the recipient of the Richard McHugh Scholarship, is a student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet. She is studying environmental science and has plans for a land management career focusing on the restoration of ecological habitats. With an interest in both the environment and her community, Rachel volunteers at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and with the Girls Scouts of America. Rachel is a graduate of Bolingbrook High School. Thomas H. 2012 Winner: Thomas Hickey Thomas Hickey, winner of the Allan May Scholarship, is a student at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. He will attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana in the fall. Tom will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. He is specifically interested in environmental stewardship and natural resources conservation as it relates to energy consumption. Tom enjoys running, playing trumpet, ultimate Frisbee, reading and spending time with his little brother, Will. Grace F. 2011 Winner: Grace Foster Grace Foster, the recipient of the 2011 Richard McHugh Scholarship, is a student at Lincoln-way West and will be attending Joliet Junior College in the fall. She will be pursuing a degree in Agriculture Education. She plans to pass on her interest in all things agriculture as a teacher at the secondary or post-secondary level. With a passion for her community, Grace enjoys competing livestock, photography and the outdoors. David T. 2011 Winner: David Taylor David Taylor of Peotone is the 2011 recipient of the Allen May Conservation Scholarship. David is a graduate of Marian Catholic High School and is presently attending Joliet Junior College. He will attend Governors State University in the fall. David is also concentrating his studies in the Agricultural field and expects to become an Agricultural Consultant. He is interested in sustainable agricultural practices and small-scale production farms. David plays guitar and volunteers in his community. Allison M. 2010 Winner: Allison Meyer Allison Meyer, the recipient of the Richard McHugh Scholarship, is a student at Beecher High School and will be attending the University of Illinois, Urbana. She will study Animal Sciences and plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian, specifically working to preserve and protect animals and their habitats. Tyler C. 2010 Winner: Tyler Clark Tyler Clark, a student at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, will receive the Conservation Education Scholarship. Tyler plans on attending Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she will pursue an Engineering degree and hopes to become an Environmental Engineer focusing on the protection of natural resources. Erica C. 2009 Winner: Erica Cogswell Erica Cogswell of Mokena, is a recent graduate of Lincoln-Way East High School. Erica will be attending Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, this fall, to study accounting. Rebeckah I. 2009 Winner: Rebeckah Isack Rebeckah Isack of Mokena, is a graduate of Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, and will be attending Coe College, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She plans on majoring in Environmental Science and hopes to pursue a career in the same field, specifically working to develop “greener” cities across the globe. Patricia P. 2009 Winner: Patricia Paulausky Patricia Paulausky of Lockport, is a student at Joliet Junior College, and has been accepted by the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. At the University of Illinois she will be pursuing a degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and in the future hopes to earn a spot at the Illinois Branch of the Environmental Protection agency so she can continue to fight for conservation on a larger scale. Out of gallery
- CONSERVATION PRODUCTS | WSCSWCD_Site
CONSERVATION PRODUCTS Products designed with conservation in mind. The following products below are here for you to help you with all of your conservation needs. Rain Barrel $62.00 Product Info: Rain Barrels come in Terra Cotta and Black A simple, low-cost method for homeowners to collect & re-cycle rain water. Collecting mineral rich, chlorine free rain that falls on your roof will improve your garden, houseplants and reduce your water bill! Collecting rain in Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels reduces stormwater runoff and can have a dramatic impact on water quality in our rivers and streams and will help reduce flooding. Our Rain Barrels are sealed - safe around children and insect resistant. A hose spigot on the front makes the captured rain water available and convenient. The 55 gallon barrel will fill with less than 1/10" rainfall draining from a 1000 square foot surface (roof). The barrels have a twist off lid for easy cleaning. Optional downspout Diverter Kits are also available to protect your landscape/foundation from overflow. Rain Barrels can be picked up Monday thru Friday, 8-4:30 pm Contact the SWCD at (815) 462-3106 ext. 3 for more information. Click Here for Product Manufacturer Information Click Here for more information on Joliet Subsidized Rain Barrel Event Composter $125.00 Product Info: Made from a black, 55 gallon food grade plastic barrel. Composting is an effective way to recycle yard waste and can be done at home. It is an easy way to reduce the amount of household garbage by about one third and at the same time produce a valuable soil amendment for use in gardening and landscaping. With little more than fallen leaves and kitchen scraps you can make dark, humus-rich compost to add to your house plants and garden. Pick yours up at the SWCD or call (815) 462-3106 ext. 3 for more information. GIS Map $10.00 Geographical Information System (GIS) Maps are available with Topographic, Aerial, Soils and FEMA information. Requests should be made in advance. To order, or for more information contact the SWCD Office at (815)462.3106 ext 3. Arial Photo $10.00 The SWCD has a variety of Historical Aerial Photography on file with viewing, copying and delivery options available to meet your needs. Click Here for arial photo and digital slide request form Soil Testing Services $20.00 Don't Guess, Get a Soil Test. The Will-South Cook SWCD is offering a low-cost soil testing program to help residents make informed decisions about the management of soil nutrients. Soil tests provide information on fertilizer needs which help you save money and time as well as protect the environment from contaminated runoff from over-fertilization. Soil tests should be taken in the spring or fall for established sites and at any time of year for new seeding and plantings. Taking a soil test every two to three years is usually adequate to monitor nutrient levels; however you may need to test more frequently if management practices change. Samples should be taken before soil temperatures drop below 50 degrees. Staff at the Conservation District will help you interpret the results of your test, which will include specific fertilizer recommendations for your crop. Click here for the Soil Testing Brochure Application with detailed instructions on collecting and submitting your soil sample
- Envirothon | Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District | New Lenox
ENVIRONTHON Envirothon is an exciting, fun way for high school students to learn about the environment. Northeastern Illinois Envirothon The Northeastern Illinois Envirothon combines in-class curriculum with hands-on field experiences, while demonstrating the role people have in important environmental issues, such as forestry and wildlife management, water quality, and soil erosion. Teams use group oriented problem-solving skills and hands-on field experience while completing the 5 outdoor labs and testing. At each testing station, teams first listen to a presentation by a professional in that field, and then complete a lab and written test. Teams are tested on their knowledge in Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife and a current environmental issue that changes each year. Regional competitions are held annually throughout Illinois. Our regional event, the Northeastern Illinois Envirothon, serves the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Winnebago, McHenry, Boone, DeKalb, Kane and Will. This natural resource education program is organized by the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts through their regional Land Use Council; LUC 16. Due to population size and geographic space, this competition is further divided into two regional events; north and south. The overall winner of both events continues on to the Illinois Envirothon competition in the spring. The winning Illinois Envirothon team represents our state at the Canon Envirothon. Gathering teams from across the US and Canada, this international event is the largest environmental competition in North America. At this event teams stand to win $30,000 in scholarships and prizes. 2022 Envirothon Registration and Talent Release Forms Coming Soon! What is an Envirothon? Click Here for Envirothon Rules and Regulations
- TREE AND FISH SALE | Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District | New Lenox
TREE & FISH SALE The Will/South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District conducts a Tree and Fish Sale in the Spring and Fall of each year. In addition to being a fund raiser for the SWCD, landowners are offered excellent quality stock and reasonable pricing. Most of our customers have patronized our event for years and anticipate each sale. Tree Sale The SWCD offers a large variety of potted trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials and ground covers. Fruit trees are especially popular. All items are pre-ordered and picked up at the District office in New Lenox. Order forms will be available online a few weeks before each sale. Click Here for a list of available trees and their descriptions Fish Sale The fish sale, which is also very popular, offers land owners an opportunity to stock their ponds. A variety of fish are available including the Triploid Grass Carp, known for its biological weed control. The fish are also pre-ordered and picked-up at the District office in New Lenox. The customer should consider using coolers, 5 gallon buckets, garbage containers or Rubbermaid totes for transporting their fish. When purchasing catfish, pond owners MUST provide their own pond water for transport. Fish order forms will also be available online a few weeks before the sale. Stocking reccomendations and other information can be found in a booklet titled Management of Small Lakes and Ponds in Illinois which can also be found on the "Publications, Resources and Links page of this website. 2022 Fish order forms will be available online a few weeks before the sale. Click Here for stocking recommendations and other information 2022 Fish order forms will be available online a few weeks before the sale. Coming Soon 2022 Tree order forms will be available online a few weeks before the sale. Coming Soon
- Urban & Rural | Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District | New Lenox
URBAN & RURAL CONSERVATION PROGRAMS The Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District operates several programs that address the effects of development upon the area’s natural resources. Conservation Stewardship Plan Property Tax Assistance As of October 1st 2007, Illinois landowners with 5 or more contiguous acres of unimproved land may apply for a reduction in their property tax valuation. Landowners who wish to receive the 5% valuation for unimproved land provided by this law (SB17) are required to prepare a Conservation Management Plan according to rules developed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). That Plan will describe how the land will be managed to protect and maintain environmental resources. When a Conservation Management Plan (CSP) is approved, the county assessor of the properties that have qualified for the special valuation will be notified and the necessary adjustment in the valuation will be made. The Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District has established a service to assist local residents with the development and submittal of their Conservation Stewardship Plan (CSP). In some cases, landowners can reduce their assessment from over 33 percent of the property’s market value to 5 percent. Larger parcels, in some cases, will also be eligible for USDA cost share programs to assist with any expense associated with establishing their plan. For more information, contact Kim Mitchell at (815) 462-3106, ext. 3. Click Here for more information Well Decommissioning Practice Improperly abandoned wells may be a direct conduit for pollutants to enter aquifers and contaminate groundwater shared by all citizens. The Well Decommissioning Practice (WDP) provides technical and financial assistance to owners of improperly abandoned wells who wish to seal those wells to protect groundwater from potential contamination. Click Here for more information Survey and Engineering Assistance Survey and Engineering Assistance expertise is needed to plan, design, and assist in the construction of any conservation practice to address a natural resource concern. The Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District has a Professional Engineer (P.E.) on staff who is available to help anyone who has a need for survey and engineering assistance. Drainage and Flood Assistance Drainage and flood concerns may be significant for any landowner. The types and textures of soils have a major influence on both occurrences. Also, another important factor is the type and adequacy of the outlet for runoff draining from upstream areas. The Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District has a Professional Engineer on staff who is available to assist anyone who has drainage or flooding concerns. For more information contact Neil Pellmann at (815)462-3106 ext 3. Pond Design and Maintenance Ponds can be very beneficial and attractive; however, many factors need to be considered in the planning, designing, construction and maintenace of them. Recognizing the existence and incorporation of local, state and federal authorities/guidelines in the planning of a pond are essential. A pond may have many uses planned into its functioning, i.e., livestock watering, fish and wildlife, recreation, fire control, and other related uses. They may be either an embankment or an excavated type of a pond. The SWCD has a Professional Engineer on staff who is available to assist anyone who is considering the planning, design or construction of a pond. Assistance is also available to answer questions or make recommendations dealing with pond maintenance. Click Here to Download the Management of Small Lakes and Ponds in Illinois.pdf Soil Fertility Testing Program: Don't Guess, Get a Soil Test! The Will South Cook SWCD will be offering a low-cost soil testing program to help residents make informed decisions about the management of soil nutrients. Soil tests provide information on fertilizer needs which help you save money and time as well as protect the environment from contaminated runoff from over-fertilization. Soil tests should be taken in the spring or fall for established sites and at any time of year for new seeding and plantings. Taking a soil test every two to three years is usually adequate to monitor nutrient levels; however you may need to test more frequently if management practices change. Staff at the Conservation District will help you interpret the results of your test, which will include specific fertilizer recommendations for your crop. For questions or more information, call the SWCD office at (815) 462-3106 ext.3. Click Here to Download the Soil Fertility Testing Application Click Here to Download the Soil Test Sampling Instructions
- LAND USE & CONSTRUCTION | WSCSWCD_Site
LAND USE AND CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT The Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District operates several programs that address the effects of development upon the area’s natural resources. Natural Resource Inventory Report The purpose of the NRI report is to provide officials of the local governing body and other decision-makers with natural resource information. This information may be useful when undertaking land use decisions concerning variations, amendments or relief of local zoning ordinances, proposed subdivision of vacant or agricultural lands and the subsequent development of these lands. This report is a requirement under Section 22.02a of the Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District’s Act. NRI reports contain a description of the present site conditions, the present resources, and the potential impacts that the proposed change may have on the site and its resources. The natural resource information is gathered from standardized data, on-site investigations and information furnished by the petitioner. This report, when used properly, will provide the basis for proper land use change decisions and development while protecting the natural resource base of the county. It should not be used in place of detailed environmental and/or engineering studies that are warranted under most circumstances, but in conjunction with those studies. NRI’s can be ordered by completing an application and submitting it to the SWCD in the corresponding county. Click Here to Download the NRI Report Application IEPA NPDES Phase II Inspection Program In 1977 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recognizing the degraded quality of U.S. waterways due to pollution, passed the Clean Water Act. The Act regulates the emission of pollutants from specific locations, or point sources, (i.e. industrial pipes) into waters of the U.S. While the quality of our nation’s waters began to improve drastically with the regulation of point source pollutants, polluted water bodies still existed. Many pollutants enter our waterways indirectly as run-off from impervious surfaces. When these nonpoint pollutants flow through our stormwater systems and out into our rivers and lakes they degrade the quality of our waterways. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES Phase I) was formulated in 1990 under the Clean Water Act to address the issue of polluted runoff, or nonpoint source pollution. Nonpoint source pollution is defined as pollution that comes from many different sources over a large area, and it is generated when rain or snow melt collects impurities as it travels to a body of water. NPDES Phase I was designed to regulate stormwater runoff discharges on construction sites that disturb five (5) or more acres. In 1999 The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) expanded the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water Program by designating additional sources of storm water for regulation to protect water quality. This new, expanded program is NPDES Phase II. The new Phase II regulations strengthen the ability of government to regulate sources of nonpoint source pollution, the leading cause of water quality degradation in the United States. In 2008 the Will-South Cook SWCD entered into an agreement with the Illinois EPA establishing an inspection program for construction sites. Sites are monitored for the implementation of soil erosion and sediment control Best Management Practices (BMP’s) and sites that are found out of compliance are reported to the IEPA. Protecting water resources is not only the responsibility of government, industry and development. To find out what you can do review the Clean Water is Everybody’s Business Tip Sheet. Will County Conservation Subdivision Design Plan Review & Inspection Program Will County Conservation Subdivision Design Plan can be found at the following link: http://willcountylanduse.com/sites/default/files/documents/SUBDIVISION%20ORDINANCE_revised_3_17_2011_0.pdf Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Program The SWCD provides SESC Plan Review and Inspection services to municipalities and the development industry as requested and when workload allows. These reports may be used for compliance with the permitting of other government agencies, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Click Here to download the SESC (Fillable) Application and Fee Schedule Soil Fertility Testing Program The Will South Cook SWCD will be offering a low-cost soil testing program to help residents make informed decisions about the management of soil nutrients. Soil tests provide information on fertilizer needs which help you save money and time as well as protect the environment from contaminated runoff from over-fertilization. Soil tests should be taken in the spring or fall for established sites and at any time of year for new seeding and plantings. Taking a soil test every two to three years is usually adequate to monitor nutrient levels; however you may need to test more frequently if management practices change. Staff at the Conservation District will help you interpret the results of your test, which will include specific fertilizer recommendations for your crop. For questions or more information, call the SWCD office at (815) 462-3106 ext.3. Click here to Download the Soil Fertility Testing Brochure/Application Click here to Download the Soil Test Sampling Instructions
- Agriculture | Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District | New Lenox
AGRICULTURE CONSERVATION PROGRAMS The Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District operates several programs that address the effects of development upon the area’s natural resources. Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) Avoluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private lands and nonindustrial private forest land. It provides both technical assistance and cost share payments to help: Promote the restoration of declining or important native fish and wildlife species. Protect, restore, develop or enhance fish and wildlife habitat to benefit at-risk species. Reduce the impacts of invasive species in fish and wildlife habitat. Protect, restore, develop or enhance declining or impairedaquatic wildlife species habitat. T HIS PROGRAM WAS REPEALED IN 2014 HOWEVER EXISTING CONTRACTS ARE STILL SUPPORTED Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) A voluntary conservation program that provides assistance to farmers who face threats to soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Through EQIP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides assistance to agricultural producers in a manner that will promote agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals, optimize environmental benefits, and help farmers to meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental requirements. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/eqip Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) Eligible under the CPP program, this plan is to provide an incentive and an educational tool to assist agricultural producers in optimizing the application of nutrients for plant production while minimizing offsite impacts to the environment and protecting water quality. Eligibility is limited to fields where the next crop planted is scheduled for an application of N, P, or K fertilizer. http://www.agr.state.il.us/Environment/LandWater/images/appendix-acpp.pdf Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Authorized under the 1985 Food Security Act (FSA). It is a voluntary program that encourages farmers to convert highly erodible cropland and other environmentally sensitive cropland areas to permanent vegetative cover. Permanent cover options include grasses, and legumes, tree plantings, wildlife plantings, filter strips, and riparian buffers. Farmers receive an annual rental payment for the term of the multiyear contracts. Cost share assistance is provided to establish the vegetative cover practices. http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=copr&topic=crp George Johnson stands amongst native grasses and forbs planted on his property with CRP assistance. Streambank Stabilization and Restoration Program (SSRP) Designed to demonstrate effective, inexpensive vegetative and bio-engineering techniques for limiting streambank erosion. Program monies fund demonstration projects at suitable locations statewide and provide cost-share assistance to landowners with severely eroding streambanks. The Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois' soil and water conservation districts (SWCD's) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (NRCS) serve as partners in implementing the program. Conservation Practices Program (CPP) Provides cost-share assistance for the construction or adoption of projects that conserve soil, reduce erosion, and protect and improve water quality. Practices include Well Decommissioning Projects (WDP), Nutrient Management Planning (NMP), and erosion control practices such as grassed waterways, terraces, and water & sediment control basins. Grassed Waterways Strips of grass seeded in areas of cropland where water concentrates or flows off a field. Benefits of grassed waterways are the shaping of a natural drainageway and establishment of grass to prevent gully erosion and the formation of gullies in fields. The natural channel carries water runoff from the field while the grass prevents the water from forming a gully. Vegetation amongst the waterway may also trap sediment washed from cropland, absorb some chemicals and nutrients in the runoff water and provide cover for small birds and animals. Grass waterways are easier to cross with farm machinery than are natural gullies. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs143_026051.pdf Water & Sediment Control Basin A Water and Sediment Control Basin is an earth embankment or a combination ridge and channel constructed across the slope of minor watercourses to form a sediment trap and water detention basin with a stable outlet. This practice is applied to reduce watercourse and gully erosion, trap sediment, and reduce and manage onsite and downstream runoff. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs143_026238.pdf Terraces An earth embankment or a combination ridge and channel constructed across the field slope that intercepts, detains, and safely conveys runoff to an outlet. Terraces are used to reduce sheet-and-rill erosion and prevent gully development. Terracing reduces sediment pollution to lakes and streams, and traps phosphorus attached to sediment particles. Terraces may also retain runoff for moisture conservation. https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs142p2_006954.pdf Filter Strip Strips or areas of herbaceous vegetation that removes contaminants from overland flow. Filter strips reduce suspended solids and associated contaminants in runoff, reduce dissolved contaminants loadings in runoff, and reduce suspended solids and associated contaminants in irrigation tailwater. https://www.nrcs.usda.gov
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