The EQIP application cutoff dates are: April 19 and May 17, 2019
BMP Implementation for Nutrient & Sediment Loss Reduction in Macon County, Illinois:This project addresses nutrient and sediment loss on ag lands in the Sangamon River Watershed. The project will measure outcomes, documenting the number of practices installed on the land and estimating pollutant load reductions for each site using EPA’s Region 5 Model. The Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and its partners will determine the effectiveness of newer edge-of-field practices and their ability to reduce nitrate loss through subsurface drainage. NRCS awarded this project $600,000 in EQIP financial and technical assistance funding over the 5-year period.
Conservation Cropping Systems - Improving Soil Health: Assessment, Comprehensive Planning and Implementation on IL Target Farms:
This project addresses soil health, water quality and soil erosion. The Illinois Department of Agriculture, along with partners; the Illinois Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD), 97 local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), and other ag entities will develop approximately 100 “Soil Health Model Farms” throughout Illinois. SWCDs will provide technical assistance, recruit farmers, hold regional or small group orientation meetings, conduct transect surveys, collect data, and more. NRCS awarded this project $1,600,000 in EQIP financial and technical assistance funding over the 5-year period.
The application cutoff dates are: There are no more EQIP funds available for this project.
Shorebird Conservation Acreage via Drainage Water Runoff Control (SCARC):
This project, led by the University of Illinois, will install Drainage Water Management (DWM) in ag fields across portions of Central Illinois. This area, a primary stopover location for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl, hosts nearly the entire population of American Golden – Plover (Pluvialis dominica), a species of conservation concern. The project uses DWM to provide temporary habitat for these migrating species. Project counties are Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and, Vermilion. NRCS awarded this project $500,000 in EQIP financial and technical assistance funding over the 5-year period.