2021 | Vermillion-Illinois Watersheds
Applicant Organization: The Wetlands Initiative
Contact: Vera Leopold, Jill Kostel
The Wetlands Initiative is advancing the use of small tile-treatment wetlands on working row-crop farm properties to address nutrient runoff to waterways. This project supports implementation of first-adopter wetland sites on private farmland in multiple counties, collaborative farmer outreach and technical assistance, and monitoring of the wetlands’ nutrient removal effectiveness in north central Illinois. Partners include: farmers, USDA-NRCS, USFWS, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Illinois Corn Growers Association, University of Illinois, McKnight Foundation and others.