Watershed Cost Share Program continues

Applications currently being processed

March 2017

In summer 2016, IEPA awarded HeartLands a 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Control grant to help implement certain Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the Upper Silver Creek watershed, a 120,000-acre area that drains to Silver Creek above the Madison-St. Clair county line. In October 2016, a sign-up period was announced for the Upper Silver Creek Watershed Cost Share Program, to allow landowners and municipalities to sign up and be considered for funding as a cost share towards their projects. In February 2017, a second sign-up period was opened. About 50 applications were received in total.

The Upper Silver Creek watershed boundaries can be viewed here. Eligible projects beign considered under the cost share program are:

  • Ponds
  • Grassed waterways
  • Terraces
  • Water and Sediment Control Basins (WASCOBs)
  • Streambank stabilization
  • Stream channel stabilization

These projects will improve water quality and reduce the impacts of local or downstream flooding to some extent.

Unfortunately, not all projects can be funded. Projects will be selected based on their pollutant reduction, cost, stormwater management impact, and other criteria.

Funding for this cost share program is provided, in part, by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Contributing project partners include the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, and Madison County Planning and Development.

For more information about the cost share program, please contact project manager Janet Buchanan at HeartLands Conservancy at 618-566-4451 ext 25 or email janet.buchanan@heartlandsconservancy.org.

Many thanks to project partners Illinois EPA, HeartLands Conservancy, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC), the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and Midwest Streams, Inc. for their assistance in obtaining and supporting this grant program. Funding for this project comes from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency under section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act.

About the watershed and the Watershed Plan

The Upper Silver Creek watershed is the 120,000-acre area that drains to Silver Creek above the Madison-St. Clair county line. The watershed is mostly located in Madison County, but also includes areas in Macoupin and Montgomery counties. Municipalities in the watershed include Troy, Hamel, Marine, and Alhambra. 

The Upper Silver Creek Watershed Plan, developed by Madison County and HeartLands Conservancy with assistance from local watershed stakeholders, is a roadmap to addressing water quality and flooding problems in a strategic way in the watershed. Funded by Madison County and by Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) under Section 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act, the Plan recommends several voluntary practices for individuals, communities, and counties to implement across the watershed. The cost share program is aimed towards the implementation of some of these practices.