Cash In On Watershed Conservation Deal

Sign-up will begin this winter for Lower Kaskaskia and Middle Wabash Watersheds. Compiled by staff

Published on: Nov 24, 2004

Two Illinois watersheds are among 202 selected nationally for the second round of the Conservation Security Program (CSP).

Illinois’ CSP watersheds include the Middle Wabash-Busseron Watershed located in eastern Illinois with half in Indiana and the Lower Kaskaskia Watershed located in southwestern Illinois. These watersheds encompass 15 counties, 4,500 farms, and nearly 1.6 million acres.

Counties involved with the Lower Kaskaskia include parts of Clinton, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair, Randolph, Washington and small sections of Bond, Macoupin, Montgomery and Perry. Counties included in the Middle Wabash include Edgar, Clark, Crawford, and small sections of Lawrence and Vermilion.

The program will be offered each year on a rotational basis in as many watersheds as funding allows. Sign-up is scheduled for sometime this winter.

The 2005 CSP will include a renewable energy component, with eligible farmers receiving compensation for converting to soy biodiesel, ethanol, recycling on-farm lubricants, wind, solar, geothermal and methane production.

For more information, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/csp.