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 →
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 →
This report is a step in the total maximum daily load process for the Vermillion River Watershed. The purpose of this TMDL report is to provide details and impairments of the watershed, give allocations and reductions, and provide a plan on how to implement the allocations and reductions. This report contains… Continue reading →
Article VII of this document contains regulations pertaining to establishing, maintaining and protecting areas of vegetation surrounding all streams within the local jurisdiction. This document also proposes to establish a minimal requirement for designing buffers to protect the water supplies in McLean County. Additionally, information about applying for permits for development… Continue reading →
Section 28.2 of this document contains regulations pertaining to establishing, maintaining and protecting areas of vegetation surrounding all streams within the local jurisdiction. This document also proposes to establish a minimal requirement for designing buffers to protect the water supplies in Normal. Additionally, information about applying for permits for development near… Continue reading →
The Mackinaw River Project Planning Team worked with experts to form a plan for improving water quality. The plan includes strategies, achievable goals, and specific recommendations. Sources of pollution were identified as agriculture, construction erosion, urban runoff, hydrologic modifications, and resource extraction activities. Recommendations were made for each of the… Continue reading →
This project intends to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Mackinaw River and its tributaries. The primary focus of this effort will be the installation of Best Management Practices including nutrient management, forest and riparian management, wetland restoration, wetland construction, streambank restoration using native vegetation, rural detention basins, and alternative… Continue reading →
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… Continue reading →
The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, is responsible for cleaning up the acts of our country’s largest point-source polluters. This has lead to a significant improvement in the water quality of our major lakes and rivers. However, as long as there are humans on this planet, both point-source pollution… Continue reading →
A detailed analysis of resources and problems with the Henline Creek subwatershed is presented. In order to address these problems, goals and objectives are set, and specific implementation strategies are determined. The strategies are focused on solving the problems of volatile solids entering through drainage systems and threatening the water… Continue reading →
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