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A Recipe for Success: Improving Water Quality in the Indian Creek Watershed

Story by Ciji Taylor; photos courtesy of Eric McTaggart, NRCS
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Jim is one of many Illinois farmers responsible for water quality improvements in the Indian Creek Watershed.

Voluntary conservation efforts focused in small watersheds can yield big results for locally important waters. See how NRCS, landowners, and partners are working together to improve water quality in Illinois.

Designated a Natural Resources Conservation (NRCS) Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI) watershed in 2010, the Indian Creek watershed project focused on improving water quality in a small agricultural watershed in central Illinois.

Jim Ifft, his son and their wives have a 1,600 acre corn, soybean and wheat operation in the Indian Creek Watershed. This season will be Jim’s 42nd crop season, and each season brings more challenges and learning opportunities.

Read our multimedia story to learn how NRCS worked with Jim on water quality improvement projects in the Indian Creek Watershed.