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National Water Quality Initiative

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Through the National Water Quality Initiative, eligible producers will invest in voluntary conservation practices to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities. Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to producers for implementing conservation practices such as cover crops, grassed waterways, terraces, and water and sediment control basins in watersheds with impairments where federal investments can make a difference in improving water quality.

Through the National Water Quality Initiative, Illinois is committed to improving five impaired map of statewide WQ watershedswatersheds in Lake Vermilion (Vermilion County), Lake De Revey (Vermilion County), Painter Creek (Vermilion County), Crooked Creek -Bonpas Creek (Edwards, Lawrence, Richland and Wabash Counties) and Douglas Creek (St. Clair County). NRCS will manage the initiative by making financial assistance available to farmers and forest landowners in these priority watersheds.

Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis; however Illinois NRCS has established three application cutoff dates for NWQI applications for individuals interested in the program to apply. The three application cutoff dates are listed below:

February 21, 2014
March 21, 2014
April 18, 2014

State NWQI map (PDF, 278kb)

 

 

 

 

5 National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) watersheds in Illinois

Watershed Ranking Document Counties Watershed Map Contact

Douglas Creek Watershed

Ranking Document and Practi)ce List (docx, 214kb)

 

St. Clair County

Map of Douglas Creek

Large map (PDF, 233kb)

John Harryman
618-235-2500 ext. 3

Crooked Creek-Bonpas Creek Watershed

Ranking Document and Practice List (docx, 214kb)
 

 

 

 

In parts of Richland, Wabash, Edwards, & Lawrence Counties

 

 

 

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Large map (PDF, 199kb)

Edwards County
Charles Trimble
618-842-7602 ext. 3

Lawrence/Wabash
Counties
Gary Zwilling
618-943-2621 ext. 3

Richland County
Justin Massie
618-392-7141 ext. 3

Lake Vermilion Watershed

Ranking Document and Practice List (docx, 214kb)

Vermilion County

Map of Lake Vermilion

Large map (PDF, 293kb)

Adam Wyant
217-442-8511 ext. 3

Lake De Revey Watershed

Ranking Document and Practice List (docx, 214kb)
 

Vermilion County

 

map of DeRevey WS

Large map (PDF, 810kb)

Adam Wyant
217-442-8511 ext. 3

Painter Creek Watershed

Ranking Document and Practice List (docx, 214kb)

Vermilion County

map of Painter Creek Watershed

Large map (PDF, 936kb )

Adam Wyant
217-442-8511 ext. 3

Illinois Practice List & Payment Rates

FY 2014 EQIP Payment Scenario Descriptions (xlsx, 82kb)

For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center, or visit the USDA-NRCS National Water Quality Initiative Website.