Leading people to conserve, improve & sustain our
natural resources and environment.

227 N. Main St., P.O. Box 502, Elizabeth, IL 61028. 815-858-3418 Ext. 3          
Fax: 815-858-3894


The 2015 Tree and Fish sale is now underway.

find out more here:

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2015 Beef Update slated for January 14

Area beef producers are invited to attend the 2015 Beef Update hosted by the University of Illinois Extension. The update will be held on Wednesday, January 14, from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Pecatonica Public Library, 400 W 11th St, Pecatonica, IL. Topics of the update will include: State of the Beef Industry, least cost rations and alternative forages, and heifer selection and development. The presentation will be discussion based, allowing plenty of time for question and answer.The update will be led by Travis Meteer, Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture, from the Orr Research Center. Meteer’s programming involves nutrition, genetics, reproduction, grazing, and marketing in the areas of cow-calf, stocker, and feedlot production.Registration is required to attend the 2015 Beef Update and can be completed by calling the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 235-4125 or on-line at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/ . Registration cost is $5.

Effective 08/01/2014: The consulting rate has increased to $50 per hour.

The Jo Daviess SWCD, Jo Daviess Health Dept. and the League of Women Voters are working in collaboration to seal abandoned wells in the county. Funding is currently available for 80% of the sealing costs up to $600 per well.  To apply fill out an application and send it to the SWCD.

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Become a stream monitoring volunteer.  May 9, 2015 JDSWCD will be hosting a River Watch certification class Elizabeth, IL.  Contact Mike Malon at JDSWCD for more information. 


Start planning your 2015 cover crops now.  Cost-share funding is now available through the Conservation Practices Program.

Nondiscrimination Statement

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). 

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C.  20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."



Diving                                                $50 per hour

Call JDSWCD for any underwater diving needs.

Bathymetric Mapping                      $50 per hour

JDSWCD can map any water body, big or small. Maps can be produced within 1 ft. accuracy showing depth contours, storage volume, and 3-D modeling for controlling nutrient loads.

Land Evaluation Report                      $250 flat rate

This service provides soil types on an acreage, average slope, land evaluation score, land capability and yields per acre of crops and pasture, woodland management and productivity data, and water management data.  Data is taken from the USDA Soil Survey of Jo Daviess County Illinois.  Reports can only be issued to the property owner or individual must have written notarized consent from the property owner.  The customer must supply a current survey for the property.

Pond Management                         $42.50 per hour. 

This service is to provide assistance to land owners on ponds, lakes, and streams.  Services may be provided on an hourly basis. In addition, a complete investigation and report can be provided for a $250 fee plus $25 per surface acre of water.  Reports include bathymetric and surface mapping, aquatic community assessment, and recommendations for water body improvements based on customer’s interests.  Reports can only be issued to the property owner or individual must have written notarized consent from the property owner.