SWCD Receives 319 Grant

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The Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is partnering with the Clinton County SWCD to administer an EPA 319 grant within Bond and Clinton Counties. The grant, provided in part by the State of Illinois and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, will be utilized to address water quality issues within Shoal Creek watershed in Clinton & Bond Counties.

The award, in the amount of $628,000, will assist livestock producers in making improvements to their animal waste systems in an attempt to reduce sedimentation and nutrient runoff into local streams. This is the fourth award of this type to be implemented in Clinton County. As a result of the past grants over two dozen projects have been implemented for livestock producers. These projects have collectively removed thousands of pounds of sediments, nitrogen and phosphorous from entering local streams. This year’s grant expands the watershed boundaries beyond Clinton County to the north into Bond County.

The Clinton and Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District staff will be the primary contacts for livestock producers within the watershed boundaries and will provide initial planning assistance. Producers are being advised that a Technical Service Provider (TSP) will be required for all Confined Nutrient Management Plans-CNMP’s (new or updated CNMP) and a professional engineer (PE), licensed in Illinois, is required for the development of their on the ground project.

Producers may contact Annette Ambuehl at the Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District office in Breese at (618) 526-7815 ext. 3 or Emily Hartmann at the Bond County Soil and Water Conservation district office in Greenville at (618) 664-3590 ext. 3 to verify their eligibility or to schedule an appointment.

For more information visit www.bondswcd.org.