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 watersheds 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.
State NWQI map (PDF, 278kb)
Location maps of the selected watersheds
Lake De Revey Painter Creek Lake Vermilion
Lake De Revey (PDF, 810kb) Painter Creek (PDF, 936kb) Lake Vermilion (PDF, 233kb)
Crooked Creek-Bonpas Creek Douglas Creek
Crooked Creek (PDF, 199kb) Douglas Creek (PDF 233kb)
For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center, or visit the USDA-NRCS National Water Quality Initiative Website.