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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2000

Governor Awards $14.5 Million in Grants to Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $14.5 million in grants to conservation programs that preserve Illinois farmland.

The grants are awarded to the state's 98 county Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the projects they administer. This fiscal year's appropriation represents a 13 percent increase over the $12.8 million spent on the programs by the state in FY 2000.

"The responsible use of natural resources has enabled Illinois farmers to become world leaders in the production of food and agricultural products," Ryan said. "This funding increase not only demonstrates the state's commitment to protect the environment, but also ensures the state's rich, fertile soils will remain productive for future generations of farmers."

$5.8 million of the funding will pay the operating expenses to keep open SWCD offices and employ local staff to help farmers reduce soil erosion, protect water supplies, control flooding, preserve wetlands, and improve wildlife habitat. SWCD staff also work with urban planners to promote orderly community growth that does not unnecessarily destroy farmland.

In addition, SWCD offices will share $8.7 million in Conservation 2000 funds, the majority of which will provide grants to farmers for the implementation of conservation practices. The grant funds will be distributed through a variety of programs, including:

  • $5.2 million through the Conservation Practices Program, which reimburses 60 percent of the cost to install terraces, grass waterways, filter strips, and other soil conservation measures.

  • $800,000 through the Streambank of Stabilization and Restoration Program, which promotes the use of low-cost techniques like vegetation to halt the erosion of stream banks.

  • $750,000 through the Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program, which funds research into new methods of crop production that improve profitability and enhance the environment.

The Conservation 2000 appropriation also funds competitive grants to encourage SWCD offices to develop new or expand existing conservation programs and to help offices convert soil surveys and other natural resources data to Global Information System (G.I.S.) computer software.

"Former University of Illinois President Andrew Sloan Draper summed up the importance of conservation programs well when he said, 'The wealth of Illinois is in her soils and her strength lies in its intelligent development,'" Illinois Agriculture Director Joe Hampton said. "These grants will make sure our farmers continue to implement the most modern management practices and Illinois agriculture continues to develop intelligently."

Operating funding for SWCD offices is up 8.5 percent, or $450,000, compared to FY 2000; Conservation 2000 funding has increased 17 percent, or $1.25 million, over the same period.

The following table lists each SWCD and the funding it will receive in FY 2001:

SWCD

OPERATING GRANT

C-2000

GRANT

TOTAL

APPROPRIATION

Adams

$55,805

$92,526

$148,331

Bond

$53,369

$83,548

$136,917

Boone

$52,635

$29,075

$81,710

Brown

$51,116

$51,200

$102,316

Bureau

$52,859

$62,309

$115,168

Calhoun

$48,294

$21,996

$70,290

Carroll

$59,326

$71,261

$130,587

Cass

$50,625

$52,364

$102,989

Champaign

$54,960

$52,488

$107,448

Christian

$49,473

$76,545

$126,018

Clark

$55,347

$51,457

$106,804

Clay

$51,145

$50,380

$101,525

Clinton

$50,262

$82,398

$132,660

Coles

$53,327

$87,287

$140,614

Crawford

$50,116

$92,858

$142,974

Cumberland

$52,736

$46,781

$99,517

DeKalb

$54,409

$71,491

$125,900

DeWitt

$47,695

$41,034

$88,729

Douglas

$50,990

$36,717

$87,707

Edgar

$51,481

$59,462

$110,943

Edwards

$47,414

$44,650

$92,064

Effingham

$51,138

$45,618

$96,756

Fayette

$61,092

$58,018

$119,110

Ford

$50,087

$71,660

$121,747

Franklin

$52,979

$62,825

$115,804

Fulton

$52,779

$84,669

$137,448

Gallatin

$47,927

$58,730

$106,657

Greene

$58,656

$98,415

$157,071

Grundy

$46,522

$26,820

$73,342

Hamilton

$52,767

$64,579

$117,346

Hancock

$53,902

$92,380

$146,282

Henderson

$50,718

$48,295

$99,013

Henry

$55,243

$164,543

$219,786

Iroquois

$55,408

$60,132

$115,540

Jackson

$58,440

$72,595

$131,035

Jasper

$51,094

$66,584

$117,678

Jefferson

$52,596

$94,029

$146,625

Jersey

$51,041

$56,927

$107,968

Jo Daviess

$60,455

$87,664

$148,119

Johnson

$52,275

$42,265

$94,540

Kane/DuPage

$55,421

$29,044

$84,465

Kankakee

$49,115

$16,372

$65,487

Kendall

$51,337

$22,343

$73,680

Knox

$52,330

$147,497

$199,827

Lake

$57,363

$14,000

$71,363

LaSalle

$60,413

$62,173

$122,586

Lawrence

$49,973

$42,745

$92,718

Lee

$51,740

$52,138

$103,878

Livingston

$56,447

$117,136

$173,583

Logan

$57,545

$56,058

$113,603

Macon

$50,986

$94,126

$145,112

Macoupin

$51,126

$76,553

$127,679

Madison

$61,343

$116,863

$178,206

Marion

$57,222

$94,307

$151,529

Marshall/Putnam

$54,060

$65,435

$119,495

Mason

$47,351

$26,276

$73,627

Massac

$48,512

$33,981

$82,493

McDonough

$56,255

$90,838

$147,093

McHenry

$53,174

$46,034

$99,208

McLean

$53,370

$237,292

$290,662

Menard

$50,887

$42,422

$93,309

Mercer

$58,364

$79,628

$137,992

Monroe

$49,844

$100,288

$150,132

Montgomery

$50,082

$95,815

$145,897

Morgan

$54,136

$75,371

$129,507

Moultrie

$47,417

$47,609

$95,026

North Cook

$53,597

$14,000

$67,597

Ogle

$55,805

$128,816

$184,621

Peoria

$54,576

$51,054

$105,630

Perry

$52,973

$37,368

$90,341

Piatt

$48,823

$54,078

$102,901

Pike

$57,245

$128,124

$185,369

Pope/Hardin

$52,109

$22,587

$74,696

Pulaski/Alexander

$49,820

$62,647

$112,467

Randolph

$50,620

$118,559

$169,179

Richland

$50,463

$52,008

$102,471

Rock Island

$52,657

$55,417

$108,074

Saline

$49,113

$44,976

$94,089

Sangamon

$52,689

$64,017

$116,706

Schuyler

$51,016

$49,998

$101,014

Scott

$48,782

$28,044

$76,826

Shelby

$55,017

$116,189

$171,206

St. Clair

$54,369

$92,957

$147,326

Stark

$52,494

$47,878

$100,372

Stephenson

$53,600

$73,925

$127,525

Tazewell

$52,924

$73,415

$126,339

Union

$51,909

$82,959

$134,868

Vermilion

$53,437

$46,234

$99,671

Wabash

$49,905

$42,517

$92,422

Warren

$52,446

$63,234

$115,680

Washington

$50,437

$102,874

$153,311

Wayne

$50,714

$89,086

$139,800

White

$52,677

$66,487

$119,164

Whiteside

$54,870

$124,166

$179,036

Williamson

$51,269

$38,508

$89,777

Will/South Cook

$55,073

$64,103

$119,176

Winnebago

$53,713

$53,966

$107,679

Woodford

$51,644

$34,890

$86,534



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