Upper Salt Fork Watershed (since 2010). This very flat and agriculturally rich watershed lies entirely within Champaign County and flows southward to the Vermilion River. AFT chose to work in the Upper Salt Fork because the area is dominated by row crop farming and has a well-organized watershed stakeholder group with excellent local leadership from the Soil and Water Conservation District. AFT promotes soil conservation and nutrient management practices in the watershed.
Lake Mauvaise Terre Watershed (since 2013). The Illinois EPA and the Illinois Council of Best Management Practices' Keep It for the Crop program designated the Lake Mauvaise Terre Watershed as a priority. This very small watershed feeds into Lake Mauvaise Terre, the backup water supply for the city of Jacksonville in Morgan County, Illinois. Jacksonville has a dredging project underway to remove sediment and increase storage capacity. AFT obtained an IL EPA grant and matching funds to do outreach and education about conservation practices to farmers and landowners to reduce the amount of sediment reaching the lake.
Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed (since 2015). Located in Macoupin County, the rolling terrain Upper Macoupin Watershed has a mix of row crops and livestock agriculture. The local planning committee identified reducing phosphorus and sediment losses as the primary objective of the project.
Vermilion Headwaters Watershed (beginning in 2015). The Vermilion Headwaters Watershed is a 254,322-acre rural watershed encompassing parts of Livingston, Ford, Iroquois and McLean Counties in Illinois. It is a sub-watershed of the Vermilion-Illinois River Basin, which has been identified as one of the top five watersheds contributing the most to nitrogen run-off in Illinois. AFT is working with a well-organized local group of partners and watershed farmers to stem the loss of nitrogen from farmlands.