Project Description

Piasa Creek Watershed Project

The Piasa Creek Watershed Project was a 20-year agreement between Great Rivers Land Trust and Illinois American Water which met and exceeded all of its goals.  The project was featured as a leading innovative model at the National Water Quality Trading Forum in Washington, D.C.  The effort continues to receive national attention as a watershed model.  A filter pond project was implemented as part of the Piasa Creek Watershed Project.  Sediment is trapped by constructing a series of two-tiered basins in the watershed and both cells serve as stormwater retention structures.  The project assisted agricultural producers throughout the watershed by reducing soil loss and increasing yield on row crop farms in Jersey and Madison counties.