Cover Crop Incentives
The Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has partnered with American Farm Land Trust (AFT) to secure funding for the planting of Cover Crops. The funding will cover the purchase of the seed this season. Due to the grant running out in September, seed will need to be purchased before september 1st and a bill turned into our office no later than September 5th. The funding is designed to help operators and land owners in the Salt Fork River Watershed gain experience using cover crops in their operations. Sign-up is simple and payment turnaround is quick. We need to know the location of the field and must have a copy of the bills. Fields outsdie the Salt Fork Watershed may be eligible for cost-share. Please check with us for more details.
St. Joseph Wetland Restoration and Education Project Update:
The CCSWCD is working to complete the educational center at our St. Joseph Wetland site. Construction began this spring, and the 90' long concrete entrance of Illinois Route 150 is complete. Donations are being accepted from those who want to be part of this exciting opportunity for environmental education and enjoyment. The education center will include a permeable pavement for parking, bio-retention basins and raingardens, educational signage around a viewing area and seating benches built by high school students at St. Joseph-Ogden. The site has already been used by many groups and individuals, and the local Boy Scout troop, along with others, will be part of completing the center. Please help us bring this premier outdoor classroom to life so all can learn about the flora and fauna of a wetland. To learn more, please check out our history and plans for education at the St. Joseph Wetland Restoration and Education Site.