You’re sitting in a watershed right now, and you have probably contributed to the Illinois River Watershed and didn’t realize it. To make sure your actions are positive, learn more about the Illinois River Watershed.
To learn more about the Illinois River Watershed Partnership's History and Mission, Board of Directors, and Sponsors, and to view IRWP Board Meeting Minutes, Illinois River Watershed Map, and IRWP Annual Reports, use the links on the left. Watershed priorites identified in the 2012 Watershed Management Plan address four categories including Forest Management, Pasture Management, Unpaved Roads, and Urban Management. For a 1 page summary of recommended Best Management Practices for the Illinois River Watershed, click here. For more detailed information, go to the 2012 IRWP Watershed Management Plan on our Water Quality Monitoring page.
Watershed: We all live in a watershed and our individual actions can affect it. It’s the area of land that receives rainfall and stormwater run-off that drains or seeps into a wetland, stream, river, lake or groundwater.
Headwater: The water from which a river rises; a source.
Stakeholders: A stakeholder is anyone who has a share or interest in any or all issues related to the watershed, including residents.
Point Source Pollution (PSP): Pollution that comes directly from a known point source.
Possible Point Source Pollution sources can include:
Non-Point Source Pollution (NPSP): Pollution caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human made pollutants, discharging them into lakes, rivers, wetlands and ground water.
“Little drops of water, little grains of sand, Make the mighty ocean and the pleasant land.
- Julia A. Fletcher Carney