2017 Urban Erosion & Sediment Control Workshop

2017 Urban Erosion & Sediment Control Workshop

A workshop for Urban Erosion and Sediment Control will be held February 14, 2017 at Jumer’s Hotel in Rock Island.  Topics include:



            -NPDES Permit Functions and Updates,

IL EPA Representative

-“The Importance of Pre-Construction Meetings”

Erica Williams, City of Moline

– “De-watering Best Management Practices and Tracking Solutions”

Dan Salsinger, HanesGeo

– “The Cost of Non-Compliance: Developing A Storm Water Program”

Casey Perry, Christopher B. Burke Engineering.

– “Compliance Is Easier”

City of Rockford



The workshop is being coordinated by representatives of the Rock Island County Soil & Water Conservation District, City of Moline, City of Rock Island, Rock Island County and Christopher B. Burke Engineering.

To make a reservation, visit:


For more information contact Rich Stewart at (309) 764-1486, Ext. 3 or email riswcd@rockislandswcd.org







Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Survey of Best Management Practices



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACTS: 

July 5, 2016                                                                     Rebecca Clark (217) 558-1546


Springfield, IL. – Illinois farmers should keep an eye on their mailboxes this month for an important survey that could help change the future of Illinois agriculture.  On July 1, 2016, the Heartland Regional Field Office of the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) began mailing out surveys asking Illinois farmers about the techniques they utilize in accordance with the state’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS).


The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) is a joint effort by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Water Resources Center, and several public and private stakeholders.  The Illinois effort is one of 31 other state strategies developed and implemented across the Mississippi River basin, intended to improve our nation’s water quality.  Illinois’ strategy provides a framework for reducing both point and non-point nutrient losses to improve our state’s overall water quality, as well as the quality of the water leaving the state and making its way down the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico.


This NLRS survey will ask farmers about crop production practices, including: use of cover crops, tillage strategies and nutrient application strategies.  The survey will also ask some questions about fields and tiling.   A high participation rate will help the state of Illinois prove that Illinois does not need additional mandates; that our state’s farmers and ranchers can make a difference through voluntary involvement; and that our producers have taken ownership of the issue and are willing and able to meet the challenge.


Representatives with USDA-NASS hope to have all survey data collection complete by September 15, but in order to do this a prompt return of this survey is necessary.   These surveys will be a part of the Strategy’s bi-annual progress report.  This requirement of the state strategy is designed to help evaluate what best management practices are working throughout the state.



Nutrient Management Workshop Offered For Area Farmers

Nutrient Management Workshop Offered For Area Farmers

NLRS Event February 2016

Area farmers are invited to a free Nutrient Management Workshop on Tuesday, February 23rd. The morning session will be held at the American Legion in Reynolds beginning at 9:30 A.M.

Program topics include soil health considerations, best management practices for nutrient management, the 4R’s of NLRS, and effects on water quality. Information on USDA cost-share programs related to nutrient management and soil health will also be presented.


Speakers at the workshop include Dan Schaefer with the IL Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Dean Oswald with Council of BMP’s, Robert Woodruff with IL Stewardship Alliance, and Mark Jackson with the USDA-NRCS office.

Refreshments and a complimentary lunch will be served at the meeting. The workshop is limited to the first 100 attendees who make a reservation.

To make a reservation or disability accommodations, please call the Rock Island County SWCD Office at 309-764-1486 Ext. 3 or Mercer County SWCD Office at 309-582-5153 Ext. 3.

R.I. Farm Bureau To Host NLRS Informational Meeting

R.I. Farm Bureau To Host NLRS Informational Meeting


R.I. Farm Bureau Logo

Join the Rock Island County Farm Bureau,  along with the Mercer and Henry County Farm Bureaus and Gold Star FS for an informational meeting on the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy on Tuesday, December 15th at the Camden Centre (formerly the Milan Community Center) located at 2701 1st St E in Milan.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m, and a light breakfast will be served. The meeting will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. with Lauren Lurkins, Illinois Farm Bureau’s Director of Natural and Environmental Resources, presenting “The Illinois Loss Reduction Strategy: What is it? How does it impact me?” The discussion will primarily focus on the process by which the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) was formed, the details of the agricultural portion of the NLRS, and what you can do to implement the NLRS on your farm. If you would like to attend this very educational and timely meeting, RSVP by December 11th by calling the Farm Bureau office at (309)736-7432 or e-mailing accounts@ricofarmbureau.org. 

University of Minnesota Extension: The Downside Of Spreading Manure On Frozen Ground

University of Minnesota Extension: The Downside Of Spreading Manure On Frozen Ground



ST. PAUL, Minn. (3/31/2014)—Application of manure on frozen ground almost guarantees economic loss on the value of manure while also potentially harming the environment. Phosphorus and nitrogen in manure can have negative effects in the environment when in excess.

Excess phosphorus entering our Minnesota lakes, rivers and streams contributes to eutrophication, which is rapid growth of plant life. This excess plant life eventually dies, and the decaying material causes an oxygen shortage for desirable fish and plant life. We typically observe eutrophication as algae blooms.

A high percentage of the phosphorus in manure is soluble. There is a high environmental risk when this soluble phosphorus is allowed to remain on top of the soil. Phosphorus runoff risk increases with frozen ground, an ice layer on the soil or snow, deep hard-packed snow, and manure applied closer to snowmelt. A snowmelt or rain event allows this soluble phosphorus to dissolve with the water and potentially run off into the environment.

However, when quickly incorporated into the soil after spreading the manure, the soluble phosphorus rapidly attaches to the soil. Once attached, it will essentially only leave the field by plant uptake or with the soil through erosion.

In general, faster and better manure incorporation means higher nitrogen availability for crops and better economic return from the manure nutrients. When manure is left on the soil surface, most of the nitrogen in ammonia form is lost through volatilization. Many of the organic manure nitrogen compounds are soluble in water and are subject to spring runoff or a rain event, which becomes a contributing factor in eutrophication.

Construction of a long-term storage manure pit is a common method of facilitating spring application and incorporation of manure after the snowmelt and ground thaw on a farm. Pumping the pit in the spring and/or fall and incorporating it into the soil immediately or within 12 hours produces maximum economic return from the manure nutrients while also protecting the environment.
What if a farmer has no pit or has manure packs that can’t be added to an existing manure pit? Temporary manure stockpiling is an option approved for most manure management plans.

According to Minnesota feedlot rules, a temporary stockpile must not be in a single location for more than one year and is not allowed on slopes greater than 6 percent. Stockpiling also requires following setback requirements and some common sense. A setback distance of 300 feet is required for most sensitive areas such as wetlands, road ditches and tile-intakes; a 1,000-foot setback is required from most lakes, streams and community water supplies. Stockpiling setback requirements can vary between counties so contact your county feedlot officer or soil and water conservation district staff.

Manure properly stockpiled, later applied on unfrozen ground, and incorporated within 12 hours will typically have higher nutrient content than manure spread on frozen ground, on an ice layer on soil or snow, on deep hard-packed snow, or close to a snowmelt event.

Is a temporary stockpile the best solution to application of manure rather than applying the manure over frozen ground? No, but it is one option to consider.

Get the maximum economic return from the manure nutrients while also protecting the environment by waiting until the ground has thawed to apply manure.

Any use of this article must include the following credit line:
Randy Pepin is an educator with University of Minnesota Extension.

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, U of M Extension, (612) 626-4077, ajsandve@umn.edu
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