Flowing along Illinois’ borders and through its interior are more than 120,000 miles of rivers and streams. Many, if not most, of these waterways exist within or adjacent to agricultural land. This is not surprising as agricultural land covers approximately 75 percent of Illinois’ surface area, with more than 60 percent planted in soybeans and corn.
What do these statistics mean for watershed groups working to protect, conserve and restore their local watershed and water resources? In addition to working with citizens, landowners and government, watershed groups need to engage more “non-traditional” groups to achieve long- term watershed improvement. In Illinois, farmers and ranchers are essential partners to include in watershed collaborative efforts.
Food production and conservation can go hand-in-hand. Please join us in helping farmers protect their rich soil and farmland while reducing agriculture runoff pollution by becoming a member of Prairie Rivers Network today. By working together, we can all be part of the solution to water pollution.
You can read more about the work we are doing to
prevent water pollution from agriculture practices in our priority areas displayed below: