The McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District

The McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District proudly preserves McLean County’s most valuable resources. Our desire to protect soil and water, and serve area producers is 78 years strong. The experienced staff and strong dedication to conservation gives landowners professional options and solutions to protect their investment. The past and present District Board of Directors has given this county the strong leadership and correct direction to maintain the rich agricultural integrity of McLean County.

McLean County is the largest and one of the richer agricultural counties in the state of Illinois. It owes this distinction to the heritage of a fertile soil- a soil developed over centuries from the accumulation and deterioration of plant and animal life.

McLean County Soil and Water Conservation DistrictTall dense growth of bluestem and other grasses carpeted the prairie. Lakes and swamps dotted the landscape. Heavy growths of trees and underbrush covered many of the slopes, fish, birds, and wild animals abounded. But alas, man came and appropriated these resources to his own benefit. He cut the forest, he killed the wildlife-he plowed the prairies- he exploited the fertility of the soil. He destroyed organic matter-he muddied the waters. Erosion by wind and water followed his erring course.

In order to focus attention on these devastating processes and to halt these ruthless in roads on this sacred heritage and to restore the some degree the vital assets of plant food elements, the McLean County Soil Conservation District was organized in the spring of 1942. The nine southeast townships in the county, being those in the upper Sangamon river valley, comprised the original district. It was enlarged to include the entire county in the spring of 1944 and water was later added to the name. It is composed of and controlled by landowners who have elected their own Board of Directors working in conjunction with local and state agencies.  Through the facilities made possible by the organization, technical assistance with problems of building and maintaining soil fertility and controlling erosion is now available to all landowners and operators in the county.

2021 Conservationist of the Year

Congratulations to Mike Steffa for being awarded the 2021 McLean County Conservationist of
the Year! Mike has served our community for 33 years as supervisor, park police and now Park Director at Comlara Park. The Park offers roughly 1900 acres of recreation, including 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, 900 acres of surface area for boating and fishing, camping, hunting, photography, and swimming. In the last 8 years Mike has successfully planted more than 5,000 trees including Dunstan Chestnuts, Illinois Pecan, White Oak, Bur Oak, and Swamp White Oak throughout the park. Enhancing and converting the invasive areas to incorporate these important species to generate high quality habitat and community enjoyment. Mike, his wife Leanne and two children live in Lexington, IL. Mike can be found volunteering for the Friends of Everbloom and is the coach of the Lexington High School Bass Fishing Team. He was sportsmen of the year in 20021 and remains an active volunteer for the McLean County Sportsmen’s Association. Thank you, Mike Steffa for your service to our precious land and water resources!

The Watersheds of McLean County

Every person on this planet lives in a watershed.  A watershed is the area that drains water to the same place.  During every rainfall, the surface water flows into a stream, river, or lake.  Some of that water ends up in your glass after it travels through the water cycle!

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2021 Plat Books

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Upcoming Events


Trees & Fish

2022 Fall Tree Sale Order Form

Order Deadline: 10.5.22        Tree Sale Pickup: 10.13.22

2022 Fall Fish Sale Order Form

Order Deadline: 9.23.22        Fish Sale Pickup: 10.6.22

2022 Seed Sale Order Form

Porcupine Fish Attractors For Sale
$60 each or two for $100

Our Policy

The McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status or disability. This policy covers all programs, services and procedures of the District, including employment. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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