Why protect the Lake’s watershed?
Macon County Soil &
Water Conservation District
4004 College Park Road * Decatur, Illinois 62521
217-877-5670 (Ext. 3)
LAKE DECATUR WATERSHED
What can we do?
If you own or operate farmland in the Lake’s watershed:
Get a conservation plan written for your operation. Conservation planning helps operators clearly identify natural resource concerns, and maps out ways to limit or eliminate those concerns. (Plans are written by natural resource professionals and are completely free and voluntary!)
Implement your plan. Take advantage of the numerous cost-share assistance programs available at the SWCD, and start getting conservation on the ground to protect your land and the Lake.
If you live on the Lake:
Limit applying fertilizers and chemicals to your lawn at more than the recommended rate, or right before a large rain. Excess nutrients will wash off to the Lake, and cause algae blooms.
Stabilize your shoreline! Contact the SWCD for natural and synthetic solutions to shoreline erosion.
If you live in the Lake’s watershed:
Get involved! Provide your feedback at your local subwatershed meetings.
Increase water quality by diverting downspouts away from the street, and into rain barrels or rain gardens.
Properly maintain septic systems, and have them inspected regularly.