Copperas Creek Watershed Initiatives
The Copperas Creek Watershed of southwest Rock Island County has always been an area with a high level of conservation interest among landowners. The variety of land uses, soil types, and agricultural operations makes this area one of the most beautiful and productive areas of Rock Island County. This diversity also presents significant challenges to those living within the watershed as they work to balance the productive potential of the land with the long term sustainability of the natural resources.
In 2003, watershed residents identified the need to increase the level of resources available to apply conservation practices, in order to protect the watershed and preserve the land for future generations. They decided to work with SWCD and NRCS staff to complete a locally led planning effort designed to help land users identify necessary conservation practices and develop a Resource Plan for the watershed.
The Copperas Creek Watershed Resource Plan was the first step taken by SWCD and NRCS staff to direct technical assistance and apply for funding for this important project. Work continued by staff in the following two years, as meeting were held, data compiled, and applications were submitted to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for 319 Grant Funding. The first application was rejected in January of 2015, due to lack of funds. As second application was submitted in August of 2015, and was approved in August of 2016!
The Rock Island Soil and Water Conservation District is currently accepting applications for project cost share funding within Copperas Creek Watershed. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or if you are interested in submitting an application.
Cost Share Funding Available For Interested Landowners & Operators
Application Forms May Mailed Or Emailed To The Rock Island County Soil & Water Conservation District