Salt Creek of Sangamon & Lower Sangamon River Watershed

This report is a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Salt Creek of Sangamon River and the Lower Sangamon River Watersheds. The purpose is to describe the watersheds, confirm impairments and identify the procedure for developing the TMDL.

 Salt Creek of Sangamon & Lower Sangamon River Watershed

Lake Bloomington Watershed Plan

This is a management plan working to improve the water quality and stop pollution and chemicals from entering Lake Bloomington. It provides studies done testing the levels of chemical pollutants, sources of pollution, effects on wildlife, and possible solutions to these detrimental issues.

 Lake Bloomington Watershed Plan

Evergreen Lake Watershed Plan

This is a management plan to protect and improve the water quality of Evergreen Lake. Background information on the problems of pollution and runoff influencing is provided. Possible ideas to improve the situation of the water are given along with plans of implementation. It gives an overall action plan to improving Evergreen Lake.

Evergreen Lake Watershed Plan 

Forest Conservation and Management

Forests in our agricultural or urbanized landscapes areespecially vulnerable to degradation. Since 1997, the CTAP biological monitoring program has systematically studied Illinois’ forests. This brochure summarizes the best scienceand data available regarding four major aspects of forest conservation and management.

 Forest Conservation and Management

Guidance for Developing Watershed Action Plans in Illinois

This manual presents an approach to watershed-based planning designed to ensure that local stakeholders play a central role in the development of comprehensive, multi-issue watershed plans. A watershed approach to planning for and managing land and water resources is not a new idea. The USEPA argues that groups working within the watershed-based approach can identify and implement successful strategies to maintain and restore the chemical, physical and biological integrity of our nation’s waters.

 Guidance for Developing Watershed Action Plans in Illinois

Ecological Principles and Guidelines for Managing the Use of Land

The five ecological principles deal with time, species, place, disturbance,and the landscape. These principles dictate several guidelines for land use. These guidelines suggest that land managers should examine impacts of local decisions in a regional context, plan for long-term change and unexpected events, preserve rare landscape elements and associated species, avoid land uses that deplete natural resources, retain large contiguous or connected areas that contain critical habitats, minimize the introduction and spread of nonnative species, avoid or compensate for the effects of development on ecological processes, and implement land-use and management practices that are compatible with the natural potential of the area.

Ecological Principles and Guidelines for Managing the Use of Land

 

Critical Trends Assessment Report, 2003

This assessment is a compilation of research articles looking at forestry, invasive species, and water quality and the effect they have on biodiversity and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of an area. They make suggestions about the direction the various locations are headed in terms of diversity and native species preservation.

 Critical Trends Assessment Report, 2003

Lake Bloomington Executive Summary

This is a management plan that talks about protecting Lake Bloomington. It provides goals as well as implementation and monitoring plans that should help improve the quality of the water. The plan is specifically formulated to reduce phosphorous, nitrates, and sedimentation within the lake.

Lake Bloomington Executive Summary

Evergreen Lake Executive Summary

This is a summary of the Evergreen Lake phosphorous problems, and the implementation projects do reduce runoff of phosphorus into the lake. They provide cost estimates, how they will monitor the lake, and about how they will measure their progress in the future.

Evergreen Lake Executive Summary

The Hydrogeological Effects of Variable Land Use along Wolf Creek in the Mackinaw River Watershed

This is a thesis looking at the Wolf Creek subwatershed. Tests were run and data was collected to determine chemical contents in the water and sources of runoff and pollution. It discusses the significance of the pollution and the effects it is having on the local water quality.

The Hydrogeological Effects of Variable Land Use along Wolf Creek in the Mackinaw River Watershed