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Coles County Soil & Water Conservation District

Well-Water Test Kits Available

Because private well water is not monitored by testing at a treatment facility, the EPA recommends testing twice a year. In the past, we’ve had to refer folks to private companies to have their water tested, but we recently found…
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Landscaping with native plants increases biodiversity

Biodiversity commonly refers to the distribution and abundance of plant and animal species within an ecosystem (US Forest Service 1989). Biodiversity provisions us with foods and materials, it helps regulate natural phenomena such as the water cycle, it inspires cultures…
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2019 PFC Applications Available

The Coles County SWCD is now accepting applications for the IL Dept of Ag’s Partners For Conservation Fund program. The program provides financial assistance to landowners and operators to install conservation practices such as waterways, terraces, filter strips, pollinator habitat,…
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Notice of Election of Directors

To all owners and occupiers of lands lying within the boundaries of Coles County Soil and Water Conserva-tion District: Notice is hereby given that an election will be held on the 7th day of February 2019 from 7:00am to 5:30pm…
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Sponsors Sought for Arbor Day

Although it may not feel like spring outside yet, we are anticipating warmer weather and that means gearing up to teach Coles County’s third graders all about trees this Arbor Day! Every third grade classroom that we visit will be…
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Photo Contest Open Until March 8

Are you an amateur photographer re-siding in Coles County who would like a chance to enter your photos in a local, state, and nationwide contest? The Coles County SWCD is sponsoring a conservation photo contest to recognize individuals whose pictures…
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2018 Farm Bill Updates

On Dec. 20th, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill is difficult to summarize, covering everything from commodity subsidies, ag research, food stamps, and rural economic development. Overall the new bill, which includes an expansion of…
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Free Field Tile Water Testing

On the first Wednesday of each month, producers can bring in 8 oz of field water run-off and have it tested for nitrate levels. This service is free and confidential.