Resources

Documents & Websites

Smart Wetlands

Smart Wetlands, an initiative of The Wetlands Initiative, specifically sites, designs, and constructs tile-treatment wetlands to improve water quality in Illinois. Their website includes several resources for better understanding the impact of constructed wetlands on nutrient reduction.

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National Wildlife Federation: Conservation Champions Network

National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Champions program – formerly Cover Crop Champions – offers grants up to $15,000 for farmers and outreach partners to learn and develop creative outreach strategies that target new farmer audiences and increase the rate of soil health practice adoption in the Midwest.

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Iowa Learning Farms: Constructed Wetland

In this webinar, “Tile Flows, Backhoes and Microbes: Constructed Wetlands for Subsurface Drainage Treatment,” Jill Kostel, Ph.D., senior environmental engineer at The Wetlands Initiative, discusses the siting, design and implementation of constructed tile-treatment wetlands that use the naturally occurring wetland functions and processes to capture and remove nutrients from tile flow.

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Journal of Soil and Water Conservation: Constructed Wetlands

This research paper analyzes the ability of restored wetlands to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations in agricultural drainage water.

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NRCS Controlled Drainage Video

This NRCS video reviews the effect of drainage water management, which allows farmers to actively manage the water on their fields, both in times of surplus and deficit.

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NRCS Constructed Wetlands Video

Join Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service and our conservation partners as we demonstrate how to design and build a Constructed Wetland. This new conservation practice helps farmers and private landowners improve water quality.

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Illinois EPA Bureau of Water: Water Quality

The Illinois Bureau of Water is committed to ensuring that every Illinois public water system provides water that is superior quality, meets all regulatory requirements, and that Illinois’ groundwater resources are protected for designated drinking water and other beneficial uses.

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Transforming Drainage: Controlled Drainage

The Transforming Drainage project brings together research from experimental sites across the U.S. Midwest being managed under controlled drainage to explore driving factors and evaluate the potential for increased practice adoption.

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UIUC Constructed Wetlands for Nitrate Removal

This fact sheet provides an overview of how constructed wetlands provide nitrate removal from tile drainage water, including information on siting, construction, and cost of implementation.

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ADMC Constructed Wetland Fact Sheet

This ADMC webpage provides information on constructed wetlands, including considerations for installation and financial impacts.

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