With soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) across Illinois facing increased financial hardships, Senator Tim Bivins is joining Representative David Reis of Willow Hill, the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts and a bipartisan group of legislators in urging Governor Rod Blagojevich to meet the state’s funding commitments to the districts.

The state’s current budget appropriated $7.4 million for SWCD operational expenses and $6.0 million for the Partners for Conservation Program (formerly Conservation 2000) through the Illinois Department of Agriculture. As of April 1, only $1.7 million of the $7.4 million appropriation has been released to SWCDs and none of the $6.0 million appropriated for the Conservation Practices Program has been released.

 

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