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Monthly Archive: August 2020

Fish Seminar Moved Online!

We were initially planning on holding the seminar in-person. Due to the case count in Coles County continuing to rise, the IDNR isn’t allowing the biologists to attend in-person events at this time. It’ll be a live-streamed webinar, so people…
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Photo Contest Winners

We received some really great submissions for this year’s local Conservation Photo Contest. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Lauri DeRuiter-Willems, Sandra Cooper, and Annabell Lee! DeRuiter-Willems secured first place in the “Ag/Conservation Across America” category with her submission “Farm &…
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New STAR Field Forms Available

 S.T.A.R. is an exciting program developed by soil and water conservation professionals that offers farm operators and land owners a simple, free, and confidential tool to evaluate their conservation land management practices. The goal of S.T.A.R. is to encourage the…
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Are your fall burn plans ready?

Most conservation programs require a burn plan and open burning permit to be on file prior to a controlled burn. Although the district doesn’t write burn plans, our staff can connect landowners with an agency or technical service provider who…
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Well Water Programs

Nitrate levels have been rising in Illinois’ drinking water. Shallow rural wells are particularly vulnerable to nitrate contamination. Nationally, 20% of these wells have exceeded the level considered safe by the U.S. EPA. Public water utilities are required to test…
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