Water Quality Improvement Program


In 1997, the Winnebago County board approved a proposal for a $100,000 per year cost sharing program.  A Citizen's Advisory Committee established the guidelines of the program in early 1998.  Many landowners have since installed Best Management Practices (BMP) and helped to improve water quality.

Program Benefits

  • Provides cost-sharing at 70% up to $20,000 for eligible projects.
  • Provides technical assistance in planning, design and supervision of project installation.
  • Leverages additional funding from other grant sources.

Eligible Best Management Practices

  • Barnyard Runoff Control Systems
  • High Residue Management
  • Diversions, Drop Spillway Structures
  • Grassed Waterways
  • Shoreline and Streambank Protection
  • Vegetative Buffers
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Rain Gardens
  • and more...


Contact the Winnebago County Land and Water Conservation Department for further details.