Whiteside County Soil and Water
Conservation District
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Please click the link to see how: ‘Spongy’ Soil Can Help Farmers Combat Climate Change

New links to the website...

I have added three new links to our website - Web Soils Survey, a Consulting Foresters list and information about the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Go to the links tab on the left of the website to see all the links available. Thank you.

The 2017 summer newsletter is now available. Go to the newsletter tab and click the link to view it. Thank you.

The NAGS Scholarship award goes to.....

The award of a $500 scholarship to a college student pursuing a degree in the area of the environment/conservation/agriculture, is one of the most significant activities of the Natural Area Guardians. This year’s recipient for the 2017-2018 school year is Madison Vandersee.

Madison, the daughter of Doug and Jo Ellen Vandersee of Sterling, is a senior at Augustana College pursuing degrees in Environmental Science and Geography with a minor in Geology. Madison relates that her projects have ranged from “...a study of water quality and stream-bank stability plans for local farmers to water management projects for nearby cities.” In addition to community-based projects, she has also been involved in an analysis of sedimentation rates on the Mississippi River and a study of water use in California. Her senior research project, as part of her Geography major, is the creation of a prairie restoration on 3 acres of farmland at Camp Benson, where she is serving as Program Director her fourth summer. Madison hopes this restoration will help emphasize the importance of prairie ecosystems and conservation.

Madison has also been an active volunteer at Nachusa Grasslands and the Nature Conservancy in Rock Island. We are pleased to present Madison with this year’s scholarship. Congratulations!!!

Other activities of the Natural Area Guardians include brush-removal, seed picking, and the removal of alien species from the prairies managed by the group: the Lyndon-Agnew prairie, cemetery prairies, and the Spring Slough wetland. The Natural Area Guardians meet the second Thursday of the month at Odell Library in Morrison. Anyone interested in knowing more about the scholarship and other activities of the group may go to the website, www.whitesidecountyswcd.com and click on the Natural Area Guardians tab.

Membership in the Natural Area Guardians is encouraged. Dues are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Membership dues can be sent to the SWCD office in care of the Natural Area Guardians, 16255 Liberty Street, Morrison, IL 61270.  Thank you!!


The SWCD Radio Show has changed stations. Please look at the SWCD Radio Show tab for the details. Thank you.
Rain Barrels....

Thank you to everyone that ordered rain barrels. We have a total of 2 rain barrels left in stock for sale. We have gray and terra cotta rain barrels and they are $65.00 each. If you are interested in any of them, please call our office and let us know. 815-772-2124 ext 3. Thank you. We also have 2 damaged rain barrels for $20 each and you would have to repair them. Let us know if you are interested. Thank you.


Great News from the SWCD Education Foundation....

We have discovered a new way for you to donate to the SWCD Education Foundation - by shopping Amazon. 

1. If you shop Amazon, the only simple change is you have to logon to smile.amazon.com. The login will be the same as if you were logging on to amazon.com. 

2. Once you login to smile.amazon.com, you may select the charitable organization. You can make it easier to find ours by doing a search of Whiteside County and 

    selecting it from the list of organizations. 

3. Once you have your charitable organization chosen, shop as you normally would, if the item is eligible it will indicate "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" under 

    the item. 

4. After you make your purchase and log out, amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to our organization. 

Please click this link to get started, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4371645.

Thank you and happy shopping.....

Tree and Fish....

It seems like yesterday that the spring sale just got over. Well, it's time for fall ordering, whether it be trees or fish, the order forms are ready. Go to the sales tab to get the order forms. 

Thanks again to every one that participated in any way. We could not do it with out help from all of you. We truly appreciate everything you do for us and we are happy to help all of you with your conservation needs. 


Wood Duck Houses:

Functional rustic wood duck houses, $55 each for the front opening boxes or $60 each for the side opening boxes. You will need to supply the pole, clamps and wood shavings. Put no more than 3" of wood shavings on the bottom. The rougher the wood, the more use it will get. Let us know if you are interested in purchasing one by calling 815-772-2124 ext 3. Thank you.





We still have plenty of uncleaned black oil sunflower seed for sale. No guarantees on weed content or purity of the seed but should be suitable for bird feed. There will be approximately 20 pounds for the cost of $5.00. We have bags available but you may also bring containers if you would like instead of bags. Let us know if you would like any by calling 815-772-2124 ext 3 and make up pick up arrangements.
 Thank you.

Natural Area Guardians

If you are interested in preserving the lands natural beauty and would like to volunteer to help the with the native areas, please see the info listed in the Natural Area Guardian section of the website. To become a NAG member or if you have any questions, comments or concerns, they can be directed to our office at 815-772-2124 ext 3. 


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