Sealing Abandoned Wells
Abandoned, uncapped wells are an inherent danger to our water supply. Unsealed wells that are no longer in use can directly transport anything that is dropped in them chemicals, oils, and metals straight to the groundwater supply.
Why seal water wells?
The SWCD, through the IL Department of Ag, cost shares 60% of the cost to decommission an abandoned well, with a cap of $400. The sealing must meet required design and construction guidelines, in accordance with the Illinois Water Well Construction Code.
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program CREP
CREP is an enhanced version of the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The CREP Program is facilitated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to permanently retire land not optimal for crop production. In Illinois, landowners implement conservation practices in the eligible CREP watersheds (all of Macon County) to reduce sedimentation and nutrients, improve water quality, and to create and enhance critical habitat for fish and wildlife populations.
CREP is restoring large, contiguous land corridors to native vegetation and providing permanent protection along Illinois' rivers and streams.
More than 90% of land in Illinois is privately owned. Programs, like CREP, are essential to addressing environmental issues of both local and national significance.
LDWP CPP CREP SSRP Well Sealings Technical Assistance
Lake Decatur Watershed Program LDWP
Since 1941, the City of Decatur has partnered with the Macon County SWCD to assist landowners within the Lake Decatur Watershed to implement practices that reduce the amount of sediment carried into the Upper Sangamon River, eventually settling in Lake Decatur. With dredging costs on the rise and a continued need for more storage in Lake Decatur, the City and the SWCD are joining forces to reduce erosion on the land.
The Lake Decatur Watershed Program (LDWP) offers 60% cost assistance to landowners to install practices that will reduce soil erosion and/or increase water quality. Applicable practices include:
Grassed Waterways - Terraces - Streambank Restoration - Structures Wetlands - Filter Strips - Drainage Water Management - Cover Crops* - No-till/Strip till * - Nutrient Management*
*All management practices only apply to first-time fields and are capped at 40 acres. (More acres can be enrolled through a federal program).
Practices are assessed by determining how much soil could be saved, and how cost efficient the practice would be. If approved, the Macon County SWCD will work with the landowner to develop design plans, and oversee construction throughout the project.
Conservation Practices Program CPP
Assist landowners with sheet and rill erosion exceeding “T” (tolerable soil loss level), or with ephemeral/gully erosion, in constructing projects which conserve soil, protect water quality and reduce flooding.
Address water quality issues related to sediment, nutrients, and other non-point source pollutants.
In Macon County, CPP funds have been used to: construct waterways, install block chutes, construct terraces, plant cover crops, and a variety of other projects. If you have erosion, and are not quite sure how to treat it, we can do a site visit, and come up with the best possible solutions for your particular project. The maximum cost-share for this program is 60%.
Need help with erosion control?
Are you wondering what would be a good place for a pond?
How about a waterway that isn't doing what it was a couple years ago?
Macon County Soil and Water offers FREE technical assistance with terraces, grade control structures, sediment basins, cover crops and constructed wetlands.
Streambank Stabilization and Restoration Practice SSRP
Streambank erosion is one of the major causes of pollution in our county’s streams and lakes. When left untreated, streambank erosion becomes a serious threat to the land, water, plant, and animal resources we hold dear. It can lead to loss or damage of valuable farmland, wildlife habitat, buildings, roads, bridges, and other public and private structures and property. SSRP provide assistance (up to 75% cost-share) to Illinois landowners to stabilize or restore severely eroding banks that qualify. SSRP will also provide 100% cost-share for selected demonstration sites. While solutions are site-specific, most fixes involve using low-cost vegetative or other bio-engineering techniques to stabilize the eroding banks.
SEALING ABANDONED WELLS
3342 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. Decatur, Illinois 62521
217-877-5670 (Ext. 3)
Macon County Soil &
Water Conservation District