Final Report: Your Water Your Future – A Residential Household Survey To Assess Our Water Future

The continued expansion in residential growth in McLean County impacts water quality and quantity in many ways, including raising concerns about the availability of water for the future. Yet, much of the current research on non-point source pollution continues to focus on agricultural producers as the primary source, with very… Continue reading

Water Your Opinions: A Social Assessment of the Lake Bloomington and Lake Evergreen Watersheds

The Mclean County Soil and Water Conservation District, in collaboration with Illinois State University, has received funding from the Illinois EPA to conduct a watershed social assessment, with an emphasis on the Lake Bloomington and Lake Evergreen Watersheds.  Water supply and water quality are critically important issues for both human… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Fiscal Costs and Public Safety Risks of Low-Density Residential Development on Farmland

This report presents findings from three diverse geographic areas of low−density residential development on agricultural land in Northeastern Illinois. By low−density housing built on farmland, we mean either one or a combination of two development patterns: (1) homes built on large lots − such as on one or more acres… Continue reading

What’s in Your Woodlands

In order to address problems with invasive species and loss of water quality due to pollution, this project would provide targeted small landowners in Woodford County an educational opportunity via a workshop on woodland and riparian establishment, restoration, and management. Topics covered in the workshop would include tree identification, tree… Continue reading

Presidents Report

This is the President’s report by Mary Jo Adam, where she announces the creation of a new group, the Mackinaw River Ecosystems Partnership. She explains that due to the guideline changes by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Mackinaw River Watershed Council did not meet all of the criteria…. Continue reading

Mackinaw River Watershed Council Newsletter

This is the final newsletter of the Mackinaw River Watershed Council. The President, Mary Jo Adams, looks back on the accomplishments made in improving water quality in the Mackinaw River Watershed. She also announces that a new group, the Mackinaw River Ecosystems Partnership, will be stepping up to continue duties… Continue reading

Isolated: Illinois Wetlands at Risk, Sierra Club

The Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club set out to determine the impact of this decision upon Illinois’ wetlands; particularly wetlands in the northeastern part of Illinois; which according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, has the highest number of isolated wetlands in the State. The Chicago District includes… Continue reading

Town of Normal Flood Code

This document contains flood hazard area development regulations for the Town of Normal. Information included is intended to: prevent unwise developments from increasing flood or drainage hazards to others; protect new buildings and major improvements to buildings from flood damage; promote and protect the public health, safety, and general welfare… Continue reading

Clinton Lake Watershed Plan

Based upon the information gathered, the Clinton Lake Watershed Resource Planning Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, and project planning staff have identified sedimentation and contaminants as the primary sources of water quality degradation in the Clinton Lake Watershed. Sedimentation and contaminants are threatening the health and recreational value of the lake… Continue reading