Best management practices the focus of free workshops by Trees Forever's Stewards of Our Water program
Residents of Vermilion Watershed invited to learn about bioswales, riparian buffers
PONTIAC, IL (Sept. 26) - Learn about the best ways to improve water quality in the Vermilion River Watershed during an educational session on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Trees Forever is leading a free Stewards of Our Water workshop that will highlight best management practices, including methods to promote water infiltration into the ground and reduce the amount of surface runoff.
Bioswales that use native plants to help replenish groundwater and riparian buffers - streamside plantings of trees, grasses, and shrubs - can help reduce soil erosion, provide wildlife habitat, and remove excess nutrients and sediment from surface runoff.
Residents of Pontiac, Livingston County and surrounding counties are invited to attend the free educational workshops. Registration is required.
The Vermilion River watershed encompasses parts of seven counties in upper Central Illinois, draining 520 miles of streams into the Illinois River. According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, segments of the Vermilion River have been impaired for public water supply use due to high levels of nitrates and also impaired for swimming because of fecal coliform.
Tim Tuley, operations superintendent of Illinois American Water's Pontiac District said, "Illinois American Water ensures water delivered to our customers' homes meets all EPA standards and is of the highest possible quality. We've invested in our plant and treatment process to ensure, that regardless of the changes in the make-up of the river, that we are able to meet the community's water service needs."
Best management practices will be discussed at the workshop regarding the river's major impairments and water quality.
Many landowners within the watershed already implement nutrient management strategies to reduce nitrates. For homeowners and business owners, best management practices can be implemented on a smaller scale.
The Oct. 3 session will be 6-9 p.m. at the Nature Center at Humiston Woods, 2100 North Road, Pontiac, IL. Humiston Woods is located between Livingston County roads 1100 East and 1200 East, about 6 miles west of exit 201 on Interstate 55.
Register online at www.treesforever.org or by phone at 800-369-1269, Ext. 112. For more information, contact Debbie Fluegel, (309) 613-0095 or email@example.com.
This course is possible thanks to support from Illinois American Water's environmental grant program and partnerships with the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Livingston County Environmental Association.
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Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization based in Marion, IA committed to planting trees, encouraging community involvement and stewardship, and caring for the environment. Programs focus on improving air and water quality, increasing wildlife habitat, providing substantial energy savings and beautifying our landscape. For more information visit www.treesforever.org or call 800-369-1269.