Spoon River Watershed

Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI)


Spoon River Watershed

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The Spoon River 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 American Farmland Trust, has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Champaign County. The project area covers 27,478 acres.





Lead Partner

  • American Farmland Trust

Collaborating Partners

  • Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • University of Illinois

Project Goals

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.

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:

Champaign County
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
2110 W. Park Court, Suite C
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217.352.3536 ext. 3