The McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District

The McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District proudly preserves McLean County’s most valuable resources. Our desire to protect soil and water, and serve area producers is 73 years strong. The experienced staff and strong dedication to conservation gives landowners professional options and solutions to protect their investment. The past and present District Board of Directors has given this county the strong leadership and correct direction to maintain the rich agricultural integrity of McLean County.

McLean County is the largest and one of the richer agricultural counties in the state of Illinois. It owes this distinction to the heritage of a fertile soil- a soil developed over centuries from the accumulation and deterioration of plant and animal life.

McLean County Soil and Water Conservation DistrictTall dense growth of bluestem and other grasses carpeted the prairie. Lakes and swamps dotted the landscape. Heavy growths of trees and underbrush covered many of the slopes, fish, birds, and wild animals abounded.

But alas, man came and appropriated these resources to his own benefit. He cut the forest, he killed the wildlife-he plowed the prairies- he exploited the fertility of the soil. He destroyed organic matter-he muddied the waters. Erosion by wind and water followed his erring course.

In order to focus attention on these devastating processes and to halt these ruthless in roads on this sacred heritage and to restore the some degree the vital assets of plant food elements, the Mclean County Soil Conservation District was organized in the spring of 1942. The nine southeast townships in the county, being those in the upper Sangamon river valley, comprised the original district. It was enlarged to include the entire county in the spring of 1944 and water was later added to the name. It is composed of and controlled by landowners who have elected their own Board of Directors working in conjunction with local and state agencies.  Through the facilities made possible by the organization, technical assistance with problems of building and maintaining soil fertility and controlling erosion is now available to all landowners and operators in the county.

Upcoming Events

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SWCD Board Meeting – June 8th

Conservation Family Day – June 18th

Soil Health Partnership Field Day – June 30th

Soil Health Partnership Field Day – August 15th

Jim Rutherford Golf Outing – August 23rd

Lakes Fest – September 17th at Comlara Park


Pipeline Cover Crop Program

The 2016 Pipeline Cover Crop Program application is now available.  Please print the following application and submit with proof of acres affected from Enbridge, map of area affected from Enbridge, seed and seeding bills to McLean County SWCD 402 N. Kays Drive Normal, IL 61761.

Pipeline Cover Crop Application


Your Water – Your Future Household Survey

Your Water - Your Future*Click The Image For More Details*

 


McLean County’s 2015
Conservationist of the Year

Conservationist of the Year

Congratulations to Scott Clement, the 2015
McLean County Conservationist of the Year!

 


Our Policy

The McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status or disability. This policy covers all programs, services and procedures of the District, including employment. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



Sponsors

USDA/NRCS

Mission Statement

-To provide leadership on conservation and wise use of the natural resources of McLean County.
-To create a balanced program that protects, restores, and improves our natural resources.
-To inform and educate the residents and cooperators about developing and applying a land ethic and sense of stewardship.

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