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Prairie Du Pont Project

Project Updates

The Best Management Practices (BMP) Demonstration Projects Committee has completed their process for ranking potential demonstration projects.

Click here to see the ranked list

Thank you to everyone who attended the Open House on October 25. In addition to the watershed plan project team, the following organizations also shared information with the community:

  • City of Cahokia Heights
  • FEMA – Region 5
  • Hurst-Rosche
  • Illinois American Water
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Illinois River Watch
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Geological Survey

Looking for maps and GIS data files from recent meetings? 

Click here to get the maps and data

Questions/Preguntas | Contact/Contacto
Jenny Reiman, Resilient Communities Program Manager
(618) 566-4451 ext. 16 jennifer.reiman@heartlandsconservancy.org

Project Background

HeartLands Conservancy has partnered with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) to embark on a watershed planning process for the Prairie du Pont and St. Clair County portion of Judy’s Branch watersheds. These watersheds cover a 96,250-acre area in St. Clair and Monroe counties!

Watershed planning is a way to strategically identify and address water quality, sanitary sewer, and flooding issues, creating a long-term vision for the improvement of drainage. The planning process will bring together technical analysis and public input to create a roadmap for healthier watersheds. When complete, these plans will make informed recommendations on how to decrease flood damage, repair sanitary sewers, improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, and restore fish and wildlife habitat.

Best management practices (BMPs) are installations that will act as pilot demonstrations to help reduce flooding and sewage issues in known problem areas. These projects can include sewer system repairs, pump station maintenance, sediment capture, and bioswales. The purpose of installing these BMPs is to immediately help improve the health of the watershed and also provide a guide for future projects to be installed.

Upcoming Meetings 

TBD | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Watershed Planning Committee

Provide updates on the Draft Watershed Plan.

Agenda | Updated Goals and Strategies | PPT Presentation
Meeting Notes | Recordings

Location TBD

Past Meetings

October 25 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Open House #2

Provide updates on the Draft Watershed Plan. Partner organizations and agency representatives will share information about their efforts in the watershed.

Updated Flyer | Social Media Graphic | Press Release

Kappa House, 5101 Lake Drive, Cahokia Heights, IL 62203

October 13 | 1:30 – 3:30 PM | Technical Advisory Committee

Provide updates on the Draft Watershed Plan.

Meeting Agenda | PPT Presentation
Meeting Notes | Recordings

Kappa House, 5101 Lake Drive, Cahokia Heights, IL 62203

September 27 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | BMP Demonstration Projects Committee

Finalize ranking of potential demonstration projects.

Meeting Agenda | PPT Presentation 
Project Descriptions (Binder) | Binder Cover Page
Ranking Sheet with Instructions (to be completed by Committee Members)
Updated Spreadsheet of Projects
Meeting Notes | Recordings

Kappa House, 5101 Lake Drive, Cahokia Heights, IL 62203

July 21 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Watershed Planning Committee

Provide updates on demonstration project rankings. Review elements of draft plan.

Meeting Agenda
PPT Presentation | Handout for Virtual Participants
Water Sampling Volunteer Info Sheet
Meeting Notes | Recordings

Clyde C Jordan Senior Center | 6755 State St, East St Louis, IL 62203


July 14 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | BMP Demonstration Projects Committee

Rank potential demonstration projects.

Agenda | PPT Presentation | BMP Descriptions Handout
List of all Project Suggestions received by July 7 | Map of Suggested Projects
HANDOUT – Project Ranking Worksheet July 14
Meeting Notes | Recordings

June 16 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Open House #1

Share information and gather input from the community.

Kappa House, 5101 Lake Drive, Cahokia Heights, IL 62203

June 16 | 1:30 – 3:30 PM | Technical Advisory Committee

Review watershed plan materials developed to date; gather suggestions for potential projects.

Meeting Agenda
PPT Presentation | Printable Project Suggestion Form | Project Suggestion Form Link
Update from USACE
Maps and GIS Data
Meeting Notes | Recordings

June 9 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | BMP Demonstration Projects Committee

Establish project ranking criteria and identify potential demonstration projects.

Meeting Agenda
PPT Presentation | Meeting Notes | Recordings

May 19 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Watershed Planning Committee

First meeting of the Watershed Planning Committee to discuss the committee’s role in the watershed plan, relationship to other committees and timeline for completion of demonstration projects and watershed plan.

Meeting Agenda
PPT Presentation | Meeting Notes | Recordings 

May 5 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM | BMP Demonstration Projects Committee

First meeting of the BMP Demonstration Projects Committee to discuss the committee’s role in the watershed plan, relationship to other committees and timeline for completion of demonstration projects and watershed plan.

Meeting Agenda
PPT Presentation | Meeting Notes | Recordings

April 21 | 1:30 – 3:00 PM | Technical Advisory Committee

First meeting of the Technical Committee to discuss the committee’s role in the watershed plan, relationship to the other committees and timeline for completion of demonstration projects and watershed plan.

Meeting Agenda
PPT Presentation | Meeting Notes | Recordings