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 planting and thinning techniques, prescribed burning, eradication of exotic species, and other practices that enhance woodland and riparian areas for wildlife habitat. The workshop would include speakers and displays from IDNR, NRCS, and other professional organizations or businesses, and also provide for a tour of properties where management strategies have been utilized.

What’s in Your Woodlands

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 the six counties in northeastern Illinois: Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Cook and Will counties, corresponding to the footprint of greater metropolitan Chicago. It is also the region of the state, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, with the most isolated wetlands. Research shows that Wetlands are worth saving because of their benefits to both humans and wildlife.

Isolated: Illinois Wetlands at Risk, Sierra Club

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 of the citizens from the hazards of flooding; to lessen the burden on the taxpayer for flood control, repairs to public facilities and utilities, and flood rescue and relief operations to maintain property values and a stable tax base by minimizing the potential for creating blight areas to make federally subsidized flood insurance available; and to preserve the natural characteristics and functions of watercourses and floodplains in order to moderate flood and stormwater impacts, improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, protect aquatic and riparian habitat, provide recreational opportunities, provide aesthetic benefits, and enhance community and economic development.

Town of Normal Flood Code

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

Mclean County Greenways Plan

This plan presents an up-to-date vision for greenways and provides a framework for establishing a regional system of interconnected greenways throughout McLean County and beyond. The plan presents goals and objectives in support of this vision and identifies priority future greenways and potential greenway linkages to other regions. It also targets a number of initiatives for early action in support of the plan.

 Mclean County Greenways Plan

 

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