Indian Creek Watershed

Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI)


Indian Creek Watershed

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Location of Indian Creek Watershed


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The Indian Creek Watershed MRBI Project is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with Livingston County Conservation District, has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Ford, Livingston and McLean counties. The project area covers 51,244 acres.





Lead Partner

  •  Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District

Collaborating Partners

  • Indian Creek Watershed Steering Committee
  • City of Fairbury
  • Conservation Technology Information Center
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Illinois Dept. of Agriculture
  • US Geological Survey
  • Agri Drain Corporation
  • Reetz Agronomics
  • Crop Smith
  • Monsanto
  • John Deere
  • Case IH
  • The Fertilizer Institute

Project Goal

The goals of the project are to improve water quality, reduce sediment and nutrient loads entering the watershed, and improve fish and wildlife habitat benefits. Water quantity will be enhanced through conservation practices in the project area.

Conservation Practice Funding

Funding will be available to eligible landowners through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS will provide financial assistance for a variety of conservation practices for the purpose of reducing the amount of nutrient runoff and soil erosion associated with agricultural production. Land and producer eligibility, adjusted gross income, and all other program criteria for participation must be met to participate in this initiative. Agricultural lands are eligible for enrollment in the initiative.

Eligible landowners may also apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Through CSP, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land.

How to Apply for MRBI

NRCS and associated conservation partners will deliver this program collaboratively. Applications may be obtained and filed with the Natural Resources Conservation Service at:

Livingston County
Eric McTaggart
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
1510 West Reynolds
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: 815.844.6127 ext. 3

Ford County
Eric McTaggart
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
1380 West Ottawa, P.O. Box 232
Paxton, IL 60957-0232
Phone: 217.379.2371 ext. 3

McLean County
Kent Bohnhoff
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
402 North Kays Drive
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309.452.0830 ext. 3




Improving Mississippi River Water Quality, One Farm at a Time (PDF, 152 kb) USDA Blog

Indian Creek Map  (PDF, 2,504kb)
Shows percent of Conservation Stewardship Program participation

2013 CTIC Tour, was held July 9-10. The 300 participants toured three farms that are addressing soil health, nutrient management and drainage water management.