Conservation activities on farms are most effective when coordinated within a specific community or watershed.
Located in Macoupin County, the rolling terrain of the 137,694 acre Upper Macoupin Watershed has a mix of row crops and livestock agriculture. UMC is located with the larger Macoupin Creek watershed, one of the three highest phosphorus yielding major watersheds in Illinois. The local planning committee identified reducing phosphorus and sediment losses as the primary objective of the project. In 2016, the UMC Watershed Partnership was awarded $1 Million through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s “Regional Conservation Partnership Program” or RCPP. Funding from RCPP is for financial and technical assistance to farmers to implement conservation practices. A group of 14 partners, led by AFT, is contributing $1.2 Million to the project for education and outreach, technical assistance, field trials and water quality monitoring.