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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.

National Water Quality Initiatives MapThrough the National Water Quality Initiative, Illinois is committed to improving 7 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), Douglas Creek (St. Clair County), Lake Bloomington – Money Creek (McLean County), and Blue Mound – Money Creek (McLean County). NRCS will manage the initiative by making financial assistance available to farmers and forest landowners in these priority watersheds.

Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis; however Illinois will have established application cutoff dates for NWQI.

Two Application Deadlines are:
The application cutoff dates are January 19 and March 16, 2018

State NWQI map
(PDF, 2Mb)


 

7 National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) watersheds in Illinois

Watershed Ranking Document Counties Watershed Map Contact

Douglas Creek Watershed

Ranking Document and Practice List (docx, 47kb)

St. Clair County

Map of Douglas Creek

Large map
(PDF, 233kb)

John Harryman
618-235-2500 ext. 3

Crooked Creek-Bonpas Creek Watershed

Ranking Document and Practice List (docx, 52kb)

In parts of Richland, Wabash, Edwards, & Lawrence Counties

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Large map
(PDF, 199kb)

Edwards County
Charles Trimble
618-842-7602 ext. 3

Lawrence/Wabash
Counties
Gary Zwilling
618-943-2621 ext. 3

Richland County
Justin Massie
618-392-7141 ext. 3

Lake Vermilion Watershed

Ranking Document and Practice List
(docx, 52kb)

Vermilion County

Map of Lake Vermilion

Large map
(PDF, 293kb)

Adam Wyant
217-442-8511 ext. 3

Lake De Revey Watershed

Ranking Document and Practice List
(docx, 52kb)

Vermilion County

map of DeRevey WS

Large map
(PDF, 810kb)

Adam Wyant
217-442-8511 ext. 3

Painter Creek Watershed

Ranking Document and Practice List
(docx, 52kb)

Vermilion County

map of Painter Creek Watershed

Large map
(PDF, 936kb)

Adam Wyant
217-442-8511 ext. 3

Lake Bloomington – Money Creek

Ranking Document and Practice List
(docx, 52kb)

McLean County

Lake Bloomington Roads MapLarge map
(PDF, 2Mb)

Eric McTaggart
309-452-3848 ext. 3

Blue Mound –
Money Creek

Ranking Document and Practice List
(docx, 52kb)

McLean County

Blue Mound Roads MapLarge map
(PDF, 2Mb)

Eric McTaggart
309-452-3848 ext. 3

Illinois Practice List & Payment Rates

IL Payment Schedules Website

For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center, or visit the USDA-NRCS National Water Quality Initiative Website.