Illinois Vermillion River Watershed Rapid Watershed Assessment Report

This assessment report provides information about the Vermillion Watershed and where conservation efforts are most needed in order to help local landowners and community officials. Information about annual precipitation, drainage, hydric soils, quaternary deposits, aquifers, nitrates, and ground conversation is included in this report.

 

Illinois Vermillion River Watershed Rapid Watershed Assessment Report

Before the Wells Run Dry: Ensuring Sustainable Water Supplies for Illinois

This report recommends coordinated planning and implementation strategies that will capitalize on the work of the pilot regional planning groups, integrate regional plans with state and local practices, and ensure the long-term sustainability and effi cient use of our finite, fragile water resources. A bottom-up approach supported by local management of water supplies is necessary to ensure state policies, programs and investments support the regional planning process, and coincide with local support of data-rich and stakeholder-driven regional water supply plans.

Before the Wells Run Dry: Ensuring Sustainable Water Supplies for Illinois

Interim Bloomington Water Supply Plan

The water supply challenges of the City of Bloomington, Illinois (City) are typical of many communities.The Water Department must address both short-term issues related to surface-water quality deterioration and interim-term needs for additional sources of supply. The City is working to alleviate two areas of concern: high nitrate levels in Lake Bloomington, and finding new sources of water to support population growth in the City. The primary objective of this project is to design an interim water supply plan that takes into consideration available supplies, water quality, management, and infrastructure options.

Interim Bloomington Water Supply Plan

Conservation Design Resource Manual

The goal of this Resource manual is to provide ample information about conservation design principles and practices, and to provide the necessary language to enable communities to implement conservation design at varying levels. The document is structured by practice, so that communities new to conservation design can begin with cautious modifications, while more experienced communities can more fully implement the ordinance revisions, which ultimately will lead to more comprehensive change. Communities that choose to implement conservation design will see a variety of benefits, including reduced flooding, improved water quality, enhanced biodiversity, higher property values, higher property tax revenues, and greater community cohesion.

 Conservation Design Resource Manual

Mackinaw River Watershed Management Plan – Westbranch, Panther Creek

This report gives information on the West Branch and Panther Creek Subwatersheds and the problems with storm water runoff, chemical pollutants, decrease in wildlife and biodiversity, and low participation in conservation practices. The report provides goals and objectives for the future to maintain the subwatersheds and have good, usable water for the future.

Mackinaw River Watershed Management Plan – Westbranch, Panther Creek

Mackinaw River Watershed Management Plan – Mudcreek

This is an analysis Mud Creek subwatershed, including the information of the point and non-point source pollution and details about the location and the use of the subwatershed. This management plan is used to inform the citizens of the potential future problems and possible solutions to protect the water quality in the area.

Mackinaw River Watershed Management Plan – Mudcreek

Protecting Wisconsin’s Waters, American Rivers

This document delves into the current and looming storm water problems Wisconsin faces. This report outlines these problems and some of the solutions for the public; now we just need to  put these solutions to work. Action must be taken to preserve and protect those two assets that are so important to the health and prosperity of Wisconsin’s communities: clean water and healthy rivers.

Protecting Wisconsin’s Waters, American Rivers

Protecting Nature in the Chicago Wilderness Region

The Chicago Wilderness consortium believes that natural areas make communities more attractive,  provide recreational areas, improve air and water quality,  and reduce the hazards of flooding. This document is a guide to local governments and developers on how to protect and enhance nature when planning and designing new development and redevelopment projects. Principles and checklists focus on the natural-resource aspects of sustainable development. They also recognize that having healthy nature in communities also creates positive economic and social benefits.

Protecting Nature in the Chicago Wilderness Region

Little Mackinaw River Subwatershed Plan

The Little Mackinaw River subwatershed has a lot of agriculture and farming in the area. Farm operators are generally knowledgeable about some of the causes of river problems. Most farm operators agreed that conservation measures could be beneficial. However, farm operators generally support structural measures such as channelization and streambank stabilization, rather than more ecologically-based solutions such as planting trees or creating wetlands. For the future, their goals are to have success with the subwatershed, while still satisfying the farmers.

Little Mackinaw River Subwatershed Plan