District 1

Contact District 1

5527 Miller Circle Drive
Suite A
Matteson, Illinois  60443
Phone: 708-720-7500
Fax: 708-720-7509


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  • Cook County, Illinois

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Related Success Stories for District 1

America’s Private Lands Conservation Partnership
Conservation Districts carry out natural resource management programs at the local level and work with more than 2.5 million cooperating landowners on nearly 98 percent of U.S. private lands.

Aquatic Nuisance Species Dispersal Barrier Project
Implemented electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to deter the inter-basin transfer of invasive fish between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.

Arkansas Conservation Partnership
The partnership is a unique force, combining the strengths of federal, state and local organizations along with educational institutions, to help preserve and protect The Natural State.

Assisting Agricultural Producers in Improving Water Quality
Partners assist agricultural producers in improving water quality and provide education, technical assistance and financial assistance to owners and operators of animal feeding operations.

Audubon California Landowner Stewardship Program
Audubon California works with farmers and ranchers in the Sacramento Valley to implement restoration projects in a manner compatible with existing agricultural operations.

Bahia Acquisition and Wetland Restoration Project
Project to permanently protect a 632-acre property consisting of unique native oak woodlands and diked/filled wetlands and to restore significant acreage of tidal wetlands.

Bete Grise Preserve
Partners raised funds and applied for grants to buy Bete Grise, a high quality dune swale wetland system. In 2004, two grants were awarded totaling $1,450,000 for 1104 acres.

Booker T. Washington High School
Brownfields project to revitalize and modernize training, education, employment opportunities and entrepreneurial activities for traditional and non-traditional students and the community.

Brake Pad Partnership
Working together, the Partners are developing the science needed to understand the potential role of automobile brake pads in surface water quality and develop responses as needed.

Buffalo Creek Riparian Buffer Restoration
Agencies, universities, non-profits, and foundations offered cost share and technical assistance for riparian and instream habitat restoration.

Cheney Lake Water Quality Project
Farmers, the City of Wichita, and NRCS and EPA partnered to fund and implement conservation practices to clean and protect the city’s water supply at Cheney Lake.

Chesapeake Bay Program
The Premiere Watershed Restoration Partnership is a regional effort aimed at restoring a system with abundant, diverse populations of living resources, fed by healthy streams and rivers.

Chesapeake Bay Program, Chesapeake Bay Commission
The Chesapeake Bay Program is a multi-state, multi-agency effort to restore water quality in the Chesapeake Bay through sound land-use decisions.

Chouteau Island Implementation
The Chouteau Island Implementation effort will convert a 5,500 acre island-complex, outside of St. Louis, Mo., into a passive recreational complex with extensive floodplain habitat restoration.

Cleveland Clean Air Century Campaign
This voluntary, community-based initiative seeks to reduce health and environmental risks from air toxics in Northeast Ohio.

Clinton River Spillway Bike Path Project
This state and national award-winning project is a volunteer effort to conserve, enhance and protect land and water quality through environmentally-friendly gardening, public education and outreach.

Commencement Bay Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration
This project showcases community-based restoration in Commencement Bay, a heavily urbanized, industrial area.

Community Floodplain Buyout Partnership
Missouri watershed project used to buyout more than 100 frequently flooded residences and businesses in Piedmont. In their place are a park and a hiking trail.

Community-Based Monitoring
The Chewaucan Biophysical Monitoring Project (CBMP) was born out of the combined efforts of environmental organizations, government agencies and, most of all, concerned community members.

Compatible Use Buffer Program
Florida agencies and groups worked with Camp Blanding to create buffer zones to stem Base encroachment and provide open space for conservation.

Confluence: A Conservation, Heritage & Recreation Corridor
Reconnecting people to region’s Great Rivers through a system of multi-use trails, recreation facilities, historic sites, visitor education centers, public art & interpretation.

Cooperative Air Quality Workshops
A series of agricultural air quality workshops were offered to San Joaquin Valley farmers to create Conservation Management Practice plans (CMPs).

Cooperative Sagebrush Steppe Restoration Initiative
Conservation groups work together to restore sagebrush ecosystems through the removal of invasive western juniper and adaptive management techniques.

Cusick Wetland Restoration
The Partnership restored a wetland, created a wetland educational site, and established a park.

Dakota County Minnesota Farmland and Natural Areas Program
This voluntary program seeks to protect 5,000-10,000 acres of priority Dakota County farmlands and natural areas over the next 10 years.

Disney Wilderness Preserve Partnership
An innovative partnership to restore and protect natural wetland and upland communities affected by past drainage operations, lumbering and cattle ranching.

District,NRCS target irrigation water quality
NRCS and Central Platte Natural Resources District use EQIP and district cost share funds to target cost-share funds at priority water quality irrigation farmers.

Dolores River Dialogue
The Dialogue is a consensus building effort to improve the flows on the Dolores River in Colorado below the McPhee Dam.

Ducktrap River Tributary Restoration Project
The goal of the Ducktrap River project was to protect federally-endangered Atlantic Salmon and other cold water species by stabilizing the eroding portions of the tributary channel.

Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition
The Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition is one of the first community-based efforts in the Great Basin to tackle restoration on a landscape-scale.

Envision Utah
Envision Utah, an unparalleled public-private partnership, educates citizens about urban growth and methods for maintaining quality of life and natural beauty.

Fox Creek Riparian Zone Restoration
Installation of seven miles of fencing and 4,000 cuttings was completed in September, 2003. With the help of six partners, Fox Creek is now protected from trespass cattle and in restoration.

Grassland Ecological Area Enhancement and Restoration Project
The Grassland Ecological Area Enhancement and Restoration Project enhanced and restored wetlands and associated habitats in the Grasslands Ecological Area in the heart of the Central Valley.

Great Plains Geographic Information Systems Partnership
Project facilitates collaboration, communication and reduces redundancy in GIS data development for bird habitat assessment and conservation.

Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration
The Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration initiative puts in place the largest and most ambitious watershed recovery program in U.S. history.

Guadalupe River Project, San Jose, California
This project provides 100-year flood protection, habitat protection, water quality protection, fish & wildlife enhancement, and recreation & open space features within the Guadalupe River watershed.

Guide for South Dakota Rural Homeowners
The project/publication helps people to understand natural resources to better manage their small acreages for a healthier environment and guides them to available programs and services.

Guildford Farm Conservation Development
Guildford Farm is a 35 lot Conservation Development that will protect 150 acre farm and wildlife preserve and buffer on key waterways. Houses and roads will use Low Impact Development, LID, methods.

Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership (GCPEP)
A partnership to protect and manage exceptional biodiversity across the GCPEP landscape, while remaining consistent with the partner’s individual and diverse missions.

Gulf of Mexico Integrated Science in Tampa Bay
Scientists collaborate across disciplines to acquire scientific data on Tampa Bay that will help managers conserve and protect its resources.

Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Pilot Project
The Quincy Library Group created a model for forest governance by making the community and community goals a central part of forest management.

Houston-Galveston Navigation Channels
Inter-agency coordination effort restores key commercial navigation channel, using dredged materials to create two islands and over 4,000 acres of wetlands in Galveston bay.

Indian Creek Restoration/City Center Revitalization
Caldwell’s downtown revitalization plan uses restoration of Indian Creek as the catalyst for a sustainable community with ecological integrity and economic vitality.

Jordan Valley Cooperative Weed Management Area
Twelve public and private partners are managing weeds across Oregon and Idaho by sharing equipment, funds, labor, and local information.

Josephine County Integrated Fire Plan
The Josephine County Integrated Fire Plan (JCIFP) addresses wildfire risk and opportunities for public education, fuels reduction and emergency management in southwest Oregon.

Kagman Watershed Project
Joint effort by CNMI Dept. of Land & Natural Resources, Saipan & No. Islands SWCD and USDA NRCS to address flooding of agricultural land during rainy season & irrigation shortage during dry season.

Lake Decatur Watershed Community Based Partnership
This farmer-urban community based watershed partnership, formed in 1943, promotes reducing nitrate and sediment loads from agricultural lands.

Lake Seldom Wetland Restoration Community Open Space
A rural community incorporates wetlands into a open space system. A multitude of partners pooled funds for acquisition and restoration.

Lakeface Lamb and Clearwater Stewardship Projects
Stewardship contracts engage local communities in collaborative forest management and help National Forests meet their forest restoration goals.

Land O’ Lakes Ravine Restoration
Partnership stabilized ravine leading to the Mississippi River that was causing sediment deposition and extreme disturbance to high quality plant communities.

Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration Study
The plan would make significant progress towards achieving and sustaining a coastal ecosystem that can support and protect the environment, economy and culture of southern Louisiana and the Nation.

Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program
This innovative project is the largest and longest-term major river system habitat restoration plan, designed to create habitat and protect listed and sensitive species.

Managing Flooding in Metropolitan Milwaukee
The Conservation Fund partnered with the Milwaukee Sewerage District is implementing flood management programs that protect wetlands and wildlife habitat.

Maryland Conservation Partnership
NRCS provided technical expertise and project management to the Navy and conservation partners to restore eroding shoreline and wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay.

McKenzie Creek Watershed Project
The project consists of voluntary acquisition of frequently flooded properties in the City of Piedmont and development of a habitat enhancing greenway.

Midwest Invasive Plant Network
Addressing the threats of non-native invasive plants to the Midwest by providing leadership, facilitating information development and exchange, and coordinating regional efforts.

Mississippi Wildlife and Grenada Lake
This partnership has produced record fish, relocated overpopulated deer herds, managed disease outbreaks in fish and wildlife and increased acreage of waterfowl management.

Missouri SWCD/NRCS Partnership
Missouri NRCS' partnership with local soil and water conservation districts is tops in reducing soil erosion and protecting water quality.

Mitchell River Coalition
The Mitchell River Coalition came together to protect and improve the watershed and water quality of the Mitchell River.

Montana Water Trust
MWT develops water transfer agreements with farmers, ranchers, and other landowners that increase flows and benefit native fish in Montana’s 4,000 miles of dewatered streams.

Muddy Creek Watershed Restoration Project - North Carolina
In 1998, Duke Power and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission formed a partnership with several organizations to address the sediment problem in the Muddy Creek North Carolina watershed.

Nanty Glo Environmental Restoration
This project treats mine discharge water via a passive treatment system composed of 2 vertical flow ponds and a wetland.

Neches River Saltwater Barrier
The project insures freshwater availability for municipal, agricultural and industrial uses as well as providing for fish and wildlife habitat protection.

North Central Texas Water Quality
Develop watershed management plans for six reservoirs in the Trinity River Basin providing water for 1.6 million people.

North Fork Potomac Watershed
Landowners, environmentalists, universities, and government agencies worked together to restore Potomac River water quality by reducing polluted runoff from beef and poultry farms.

Northeast Florida Islands Initiative Project
Innovative cooperative agreements, strategic land acquisition, and effective management strategies to conserve and create the largest urban park system in the nation.

Northwest Florida Greenway Project
Military, government and nonprofit organizations partner to protect the Panhandle’s unique natural resources, economy, and military flyways.

NRCS, State, Private, Tribal Partnership
Public-Private-NGO: to Restore Salmon Habitat in the Blue Mountains of the Pacific Northwest

Oklahoma Wildlife Alliance
Oklahoma Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance (OWPHA) provides a trusted and open forum for private landowners to engage with resource managers and conservation programs.

Ontario Dune Coalition
TODC provides technical, educational, and clearinghouse services to its member organizations, property owners and public officials in matters addressing the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes.

Page County Water Quality Advisory Committee
Active committee comprised of local stakeholders formed to advise elected officials on water quality issues, both surface water and groundwater

Paradis Mitigation Bank
After more than seven decades of energy production for the Nation, the 7100-acre Paradis Mitigation Bank will protect, restore and enhance wetland functions and values of the Lower Mississippi Valley.

Pathfinder Project
The Pathfinder Project is a pilot program that through its involvement with an array of stakeholders works to define a process to provide for water management on National Forest lands in Colorado.

Pathfinder Project on the Colorado “GMUG” National Forests
Pathfinders developed 27 strategies to achieve instream flows without imposing federal restrictions on water diversions in 3 Colorado National Forests.

Platte River Habitat Partnership
The Partnership attempts to balance the economic needs of landowners and the ecological needs of wildlife and native grasslands.

Post Mountain Collaborative Stewardship
A collaborative project to develop and implement an ecologically, socially, and economically responsible community wildfire protection plan for the rural community of Post Mountain

Powder River Conservation District, Flood Mitigation Efforts
Partners help town recover from flood and develop a flood prevention plan. Emergency watershed protection and PL-83-566 - small watershed protection.

Preserving and Protecting the Environment of New River
Our project and mission is to restore the New River to an ecological and economically sound river for public and commercial use.

Preserving Drayton Plains, a Clinton River Natural Area
Through a conservation easement and partnership with a township and non-profit Nature Center, Oakland Land Conservancy helped preserve a 137-acre threatened natural area.

Project Green
A grass roots group of neighbors living along Pittman Wash in Henderson Nevada decided to rid their community of weeds and tranpslant native trees and partnered with the Natinal Park Service.

Restoration at Kankakee Sands
Restoration of both hydrology and native plants on fragments of farmland will add to a mosaic of stream, wetland, prairie and savanna.

Restoring Farmland in Nevada
Conservation partners are working to find ways, both vegetative and non-vegetative, to permanently protect farmland soils from wind erosion after irrigation water is removed.

Rice Creek & Battle Creek Watersheds
A project to coordinate resources from all levels of government and non-profit organizations for the common goal of reducing point and non-point water pollution.

Rio Grande Basin Initiative
The Rio Grande Basin is a highly productive agricultural area, with irrigated agriculture claiming more than 85 percent of its water.

Roanoke Island Festival Park, NC Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Protection Project
Using effective partnerships, we restored 5-acres of marsh, seagrass, oysters, and maritime forest, opening new doors of cooperation between agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Salt Pond Restoration in San Francisco Bay
Restoration of 25,000 wetland acres at salt ponds around San Francisco Bay, with additional benefits from flood management, public access, and recreation.

Santa Ana River Watershed Program
The Santa Ana Watershed Association develops and implements programs that enhance and sustain the natural resources of the river for wildlife and people.

Saving Willamette Valley Species with CPR
The Cross Program Recovery Initiative (CPR) Initiative focuses on 11 listed and unlisted species where significant recovery is achievable over the next five years.

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District
Public & private partners at all levels collaborating to protect, interpret & promote the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, a congressionally-designated National Heritage Area

Shoreline Stabilization in Chesapeake Bay Area
A partnership to stop shoreline erosion at Patuxent River Naval Air Station is meeting Navy facility needs while advancing the restoration of Chesapeake Bay.

Skagit Watershed Council: A Community Partnership for Salmon
Using a large and diverse membership, the Skagit Watershed Council has provided a successful forum for a collaborative and strategic approach to salmon habitat restoration and protection.

Skaneateles Lake
The City of Syracuse established the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program (SLWAP) in 1994, as an alternative to a costly filtration system required by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

South Florida Ecosystem Restoration
Governments, Tribes, NGO’s and others cooperate to restore the Everglades while addressing water supply and flood control needs of rapidly developing region.

St. Clair Shores Waterfront Advisory Committee
Our goals are directed towards promoting better water quality, a cleaner Lake St. Clair and greater public awareness concerning our waterfront stewardship.

Suisun Marsh Managed Wetlands Enhancement Project
Thanks to a major NAWCA grant, the Suisun Marsh Managed Wetlands Enhancement Project will help enhance and restore water quality at one of California's largest and most important natural wetlands.

Sun River Watershed
A watershed project established in 1996, that benefits all water users in the Sun River Basin

Sustainable Wine Grape Growing in California
California winegrowers use innovative partnerships to advance projects ranging from habitat restoration to “green building.”

Suwannee River Partnership
The Partnership is working with producers to improve river water quality through a voluntary program of Best Management Practices (BMP) and verification.

Tomales Bay Watershed
The “all-stakeholder” Tomales Bay Watershed Council formed in 2000 and its 30 members unanimously adopted a 135-page watershed plan in 2004.

Upper Klamath Basin Working Group
A community stakeholder group created by Senator Mark O. Hatfield in 1996 to develop consensus solutions to complex agricultural and endangered species issues associated with water allocations.

Upper Snake River Land Conservation Project
The combined efforts of BLM, local landowners, and conservation organizations has conserved more than 14,000 acres of private land along Idaho's upper Snake River.

Washington's Crossing
Near the very banks where George Washington launched his nation-defining attack, an 80,000-square-foot shopping plaza was planned.

West Branch Restoration Project, Arizona
West Branch landowners and Arizona Open Land Trust (now Arizona Land and Water Trust) partnered to restore and enhance wildlife habitat along the West Branch of the Santa Cruz River.

Windbreak and Air Quality
Demonstration sites have been created in Pennsylvania to evaluate the effects of windbreaks on odors coming from poultry, dairy and swine operations.