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Madison County was awarded a 319 Grant for implementation costs in the Lilly Creek and Little Duck Creek Watersheds.  Producers who farm within these watersheds should take advantage of the money available to implement best management practices, with an emphasis on no-till farming (although there are other BMP's that qualify for cost-share).  Up to 75% can be paid by the 319 Grant, with only 25% paid for by the farmer.  Contact Chanda Hiatt at the SWCD for more details and an application.

What is a watershed?

It's the land that water flows across or under on its way to stream, river, or lake.

How do watersheds work?

The landscape is made up of many interconnected basins, or watersheds. Within each watershed, all water runs to the lowest point - a stream, river, or lake. On it's way, water travels over the surface and across farm fields, forest land, suburban lawns, and city streets, or it seeps into the soil and travels as groundwater. Large watersheds like the ones for the Mississippi River, Columbia River, or Chesapeake Bay are made up of many smaller watersheds across several states.

Are all watersheds the same?

Not at all. Watersheds come in many different shapes and sizes and have many different features. Watersheds can have hills or mountains or be nearly flat. They can have farmland, rangeland, small towns, and big cities. Parts of your watershed can be so rough, rocky, or marshy that they're suited only for certain trees, plants, and wildlife.

Your watershed community?

Everyone lives in a watershed. You and everyone in your watershed are part of the watershed community. The animals, birds, and fish are too. You influence what happens in your watershed, good or bad, by how you treat the natural resources - the soil, water, air, plants, and animals. What happens in your small watershed also affects the larger watershed downstream.

Maps of Watersheds in Madison County

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