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Hillsboro Lakes Watershed Initiative

Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Hillsboro and Northwater Consulting are working in a joint effort to identify erosion areas inside the watershed. Many streams drain into Glenn Shoals Lake and the assessment of streambanks and waterways around Hillsboro has been completed. This is the first step in our pursuit of federal grant $$ for projects that will benefit our community and our lakes. Landowner, partner and community meetings will be scheduled soon to discuss project opportunities for lake improvement and siltation reduction strategies. Please feel free to contact the SWCD with any questions.

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2024 CRP Seed Price List

Your Montgomery County SWCD has seed for Pollinators, Habitat Buffers, SAFE, Prairie Strips, Warm Season Grasses and many more!

Call 217-532-3361 Ex. 3 for Information and Orders

You are invited to our Monthly Board Meeting

The Board of Directors meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be held July 10, 2024 at 9am at the SWCD office. The public is welcome to attend.

Earn $$ for Cover Crop$
Enrollment open now thru September 13th, 2024

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The mission of the Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District is to ensure a leadership role in natural resource conservation, provide technical service and information to the people of Montgomery County that will control and prevent soil erosion, prevent air and water pollution, conserve wildlife, grassland and forest land, and ensure land use conversion is properly managed and to correctly identify areas that should remain as wetlands.


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Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) were founded in the midst of the Dust Bowl Era to meet an educational and technical need for conservation.  These districts were to hire conservation professionals who could educate and assist local land users whose farming practices were contributing to the wind and water erosion happening on rural and urban soils.  In Montgomery County the district was formed in the county seat of Hillsboro in 1941.  The Montgomery County SWCD is still very active in the county more than eighty years later.

   The SWCD  is a unit of local government which is held to state statute and is governed by a board of five elected officials who either reside in or own property within its boundaries.  The board meets monthly to conduct its business.  The office is staffed with two full time employees and office space is provided by its federal partner, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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10 Reasons To Know Your SWCD

1. Not Just For Farmers Anymore

2. Conservation Delivery Infrastructure

3.Technical Know How

4.Track Record

5. Cost-effective, multipurpose tools

6. Trusted Resources

7. One Stop Access to State and Federal Programs

8. Citizen Oriented

9. Voluntary, Incentive Based Solutions

10. Educating the Future


Montgomery County SWCD

1621 Vandalia Rd

Hillsboro, IL  62049

  Call:    217-532-3361, ext. 3

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