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Barnhart Prairie Invasive Species Removal Workday and HIPP meeting

Please join us on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 10:40 am to 12:40 pm at the Barnhart Prairie.  Meet at the Bluestem Hall at 1401 East Old Church Road, Urbana
  • -  Tools and gloves provided
  • -  Closed toed shoes and long pants are best!
  • -  Snacks and water on site
  • -  No prior knowledge necessary
We will primarily be removing invasive mulberry saplings using integrated methods including cutting, spraying, and pulling/digging.
The Headwater Invasive Plant Partnership will be meeting at Bluestem Hall at 9 am - 10:30 am.  Please feel free to join us.  


Champaign County Stormwater Conference

Since 2003, the Champaign County Stormwater Partnership has collaborated to achieve compliance with our MS4 stormwater permits. We are fortunate to enjoy a great working relationship with each other and those in our community. Cooperation between our partners allows us to address stormwater issues on a watershed basis. This biennial stormwater conference gathers stormwater practitioners throughout the state of Illinois to discuss emerging topics in stormwater management and green infrastructure techniques. We strive to bring relevant information and harbor networking opportunities for the following audience: municipalities, government, University faculty, staff and students, park districts, churches, watershed groups, residential and commercial property owners, management companies, and private consultants.
2019 Conference: Save the Date -- July 12, 2019!!  
     Program Title: "Erosion Control & Green Infrastructure Conference" 
     Location: iHotel & Conference Center, 1900 South First Street, Champaign, IL 61820
     Register Today!  
     More information can be found at our Partner Website:


Embarras River Watershed Plan Update - Stakeholder Meeting

Join us on June 18th at the Greenup Municipal Building to hear about the ongoing efforts to update the Embarras River Watershed Management Plan.  


AISWCD Photo Contest is Going on Now!

Please submit your photos by May 15th.  This amateur photo contest sponsored by the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts Auxiliary.  Winning photographs will be displayed at the AISWCD's Annual Meeting and the winning entries are sent to the NACD national contest.  Please click here for full contest details.  


Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the spring prescribed burn at the Barnhart Prairie a success. 



Check out our latest newsletter for Fish Sales and More




S.T.A.R. for 2018

The S.T.A.R. program is now open for the 2018 Crop Year after a very successful 2017 inaugural year. There were 104 fields rated for
78 different individuals, including 30 from 14 other counties! Some of those counties will have their own licensed S.T.A.R. program in 2018.
In May, we received a formal endorsement from Director Raymond Poe of the Illinois Department of Agriculture that can be viewed here.


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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. 


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Embarras River Stakeholder Meeting

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Erosion Control

08:00 am - 04:00 pm