Big Bureau Creek Watershed

Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI)


Big Bureau Creek Watershed

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The Bureau 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 American Corn Growers Association, has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Bureau, Lee and LaSalle counties. The project area covers 87,459 acres.


Lead Partner

  • American Corn Growers Association

Collaborating Partners

  • LaSalle County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • American Corn Growers Institute for Public Policy
  • Big Bureau Creek Watershed Group
  • Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance
  • Mauer Stutz, Inc.
  • Northwater Consulting
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Prairie Rivers Network
  • The Wetlands Initiative
  • Trees Forever
  • US Geological Survey

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.

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:

Bureau County
Erika Turner
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
312 East Backbone Road, Suite A
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815.875.8732 ext. 3

Lee County
Aaron Seim
319 South Mason Avenue
Amboy, IL 61310
Phone: 815.857.3621 ext. 3

LaSalle County
Mark Baran
1691 North 31st Road
Ottawa, IL 61350
815.433.0551 ext. 3