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Help Support SB 3471

Show your support for SB 3471, Partners for Nutrient Loss Reduction Act by sending lawmakers a quick message using the AISWCD E-Action Center!

Simply enter your name and voting address, and your state lawmakers will automatically populate in the message. Use the action center box to make your voice heard!

Clean water, healthy soils. 

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Short Description:

  • Creates the Partners for Nutrient Loss Reduction Act.
  • Creates the Illinois Healthy Soils and Watersheds Initiative.
  • Amends the State Finance Act by extending the Partners for Conservation Fund through 2032.
  • Provides for the adoption of guidelines and needs assessments to assist soil and water conservation districts in determining local goals and needs for project implementation to accomplish the goals of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.
  • Requires the production of an Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Report every 2 years.
  • Provides for the update of water quality program guidance.

Why is this bill needed?

Nutrient loss issues threaten the resilience of Illinois communities, economy and environment by reducing the resilience of the agricultural sector, Increasing utility costs for water treatment to protect clean water, making the effects of climate change worse, disproportionately impacting low-income communities, and hurts wildlife ecosystems.

What does the bill do?

  • Protects critical conservation funding like the Partners for Conservation Fund and extends the Fund to 2032 - the fund sunsets at the end of FY22.
  • Declares that soil and water conservation practices need to accelerate in order to reduce nutrient loss, improve and protect soil health, and achieve water quality goals and creates a framework for how funding should be spent to address the goals of the State’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.
  • Directs the Department of Ag to create guidelines and guidance to assist the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in developing goals and needs assessments to establish regular, measurable, cost effective and technically achievable goals to advance strategies which improve healthy soils and watersheds and reduce nutrient loss.
  • Outlines specific strategies that the Department of Ag and partners can use to begin exploring soil health and water quality issues facing beginning, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and means to provide more resources that support their farming operations.
  • Makes the Partners for Conservation Fund eligible to receive grants, gifts, and awards from public or private entities.
  • Provides 10-year funding guidance to support capacity development and project implementation.

Who supports the bill?

Partners from across the agriculture and environmental sectors came together to create the Partners for Nutrient Loss Reduction Act.

  • Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • American Farmland Trust
  • Illinois Environmental Council
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance
  • The Nature Conservancy Illinois
  • Natural Lands Institute
  • The Wetlands Initiative
  • Savanna Institute
  • Sierra Club Illinois

Help Support SB 3471

Show your support for SB 3471, Partners for Nutrient Loss Reduction Act by sending lawmakers a quick message using the AISWCD E-Action Center!

Simply enter your name and voting address, and your state lawmakers will automatically populate in the message. Use the action center box to make your voice heard!

Clean water, healthy soils. 

- - - - -

Short Description:

  • Creates the Partners for Nutrient Loss Reduction Act.
  • Creates the Illinois Healthy Soils and Watersheds Initiative.
  • Amends the State Finance Act by extending the Partners for Conservation Fund through 2032.
  • Provides for the adoption of guidelines and needs assessments to assist soil and water conservation districts in determining local goals and needs for project implementation to accomplish the goals of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.
  • Requires the production of an Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Report every 2 years.
  • Provides for the update of water quality program guidance.

Why is this bill needed?

Nutrient loss issues threaten the resilience of Illinois communities, economy and environment by reducing the resilience of the agricultural sector, Increasing utility costs for water treatment to protect clean water, making the effects of climate change worse, disproportionately impacting low-income communities, and hurts wildlife ecosystems.

What does the bill do?

  • Protects critical conservation funding like the Partners for Conservation Fund and extends the Fund to 2032 - the fund sunsets at the end of FY22.
  • Declares that soil and water conservation practices need to accelerate in order to reduce nutrient loss, improve and protect soil health, and achieve water quality goals and creates a framework for how funding should be spent to address the goals of the State’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.
  • Directs the Department of Ag to create guidelines and guidance to assist the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in developing goals and needs assessments to establish regular, measurable, cost effective and technically achievable goals to advance strategies which improve healthy soils and watersheds and reduce nutrient loss.
  • Outlines specific strategies that the Department of Ag and partners can use to begin exploring soil health and water quality issues facing beginning, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and means to provide more resources that support their farming operations.
  • Makes the Partners for Conservation Fund eligible to receive grants, gifts, and awards from public or private entities.
  • Provides 10-year funding guidance to support capacity development and project implementation.

Who supports the bill?

Partners from across the agriculture and environmental sectors came together to create the Partners for Nutrient Loss Reduction Act.

  • Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • American Farmland Trust
  • Illinois Environmental Council
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance
  • The Nature Conservancy Illinois
  • Natural Lands Institute
  • The Wetlands Initiative
  • Savanna Institute
  • Sierra Club Illinois