News Release – Open House Events for the Wood River, Piasa Creek Watersheds

News Release – Open House Events for the Wood River, Piasa Creek Watersheds

News Release

Open House Events in Godfrey and Brighton to Address Flooding and Water Quality in the Wood River, Piasa Creek Watersheds

Homeowners, businesses, and property owners are invited to attend and provide input on September 23rd and 25th of 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             September 9, 2019

Madison County, Ill. –  HeartLands Conservancy and Madison County will hold two Open House events (Click Here for Flier) to inform the public about the Wood River and Piasa Creek Watershed Plans on Monday, September 23 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Brighton Village Hall, and on Wednesday, September 25 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, at Trimpe 141, Ahlmeyer Atrium..

To see a map of the area of the Wood River and Piasa Creek Watersheds (Click Here)

The Wood River and Piasa Creek Watershed Plans will strategically address stormwater-related issues in the areas that drain to Wood River and Piasa Creek, located in Madison, Jersey , and Macoupin counties.  The plans will provide voluntary recommendations for water quality protection and flood mitigation efforts.

During the Open House events, the draft results of the Flood Survey sent by Madison County to watershed residents will be available for review.  Display boards will highlight information about existing drainage, floodplains, and other key data assessed so far in the watershed planning process.  Representatives from HeartLands Conservancy and Madison County will be on hand to answer questions and gather input from attendees on issues such as flooding, erosion, and water quality.

The Open House events are open to the public and are intended to attract people from in or around the following communities in the watersheds: Alton, Bethalto, Brighton, Godfrey, Elsah, and East Alton.

Watershed plans are an effective way of attracting funding for stormwater solutions.  In 2016, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded HeartLands Conservancy a $500,000 grant to implement projects that address water quality and stormwater issues in the Upper Silver Creek watershed in Madison County.  In 2018, Illinois EPA awarded HeartLands another $450,000 for projects in the Highland Silver Lake watershed.

HeartLands Conservancy’s Janet Buchanan notes that participation from local landowners, farmers, residents, and municipalities is criucial to the success of watershed plans and future funding.

“If you have a problem with drainage, erosion, flooding, or water quality in your neighborhood, we want to hear from you!  It’s conversations with people dealing directly with these issues that are so important to the planning process.  We will use your feedback to help focus attention on areas where solutions are needed.”

The watershed plan for the Piasa Creek watershed will build on the work of the Great Rivers Land Trust and its partners, which has assisted with designing and funding improvement projects that address erosion and sedimentation for decades.  For more information, visit

For more information about the Wood River and Piasa Creek Watershed Plans, please contact Janet Buchanan at HeartLands Conservancy at 618-566-4451 ext 25 or email

For updates on this project and information about other HeartLands Conservancy activities, visit


HeartLands Conservancy, a nonprofit serving Southwestern Illinois since 1989, is devoted to the conservation of land, the preservation of green spaces in our communities, sustainable and environmentally friendly community planning, and engaging our neighbors with nature.  We are investing in the nature of Southwestern Illinois. Visit: for more information.


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