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This is our story

Mission Statement: 
To improve the Health and Diversity of Yellow Creek and its Watershed.

Once upon a time there was a big flood in Pearl City in June of 2002.  Pearl City flooded again in August 2002.  There also was a huge log jam on Yellow Creek that needed to be removed.

A few local concerned citizens got together in August of 2002 to see what could be done.

Yellow Creek is a major water trail in Stephenson County and she needs our help.  Nobody was taking responsibility for Yellow Creek.  1, 2, or 3 people cannot do it alone.  This will be a community effort.

  They saw a need to organize to identify problems;
  1. Creek cleanup
  2. Field and Streambank Erosion
  3. Negative Community Impacts
  4. Wildlife Habitat
  5. Recreational
  6. Monitoring & Inventory
  7. Water Quality
  8. Maintenance at Township, County & State level
  9. Public Relations & Education
As an organization, we will be able to get Federal & State financial help.
The Yellow Creek Watershed spreads over about 140,000 acres.
There are roughly 300 miles of main channel and tributary streams that drain the basin.

Yellow Creek Watershed Partnership, Inc was incorporated in Feb 2005.
They nominated 9 Directors to the Board, including;
President - Roger Carson
Vice President - Kenneth Musser
Secretary - Bobbi Reagan
Treasurer - Lee Butler

 A Federal Grant has been applied for to assist in our conservation and restoration projects.

Anticipated Results & Benefits

Natural Resource Conservation and Environmental Benefits:
Results of the implementation of the project will be measured in three ways.

 The first is an increase in species diversity and numbers throughout Yellow Creek and its tributaries.  A return of historic populations of sportfish (smallmouth bass and catfish) as well as non-game species, including particularly sensitive species such as the blacknose shiner and numerous unionid mussel species (the most endangered aquatic species in the Midwest) will be the ecological endpoints governing the success of restoration efforts. Though historical community composition in Yellow Creek is not well documented, there are several healthy and diverse populations within the larger Sugar-Pecatonica system which can provide an index for comparison in terms of species composition and density.

The second way we will measure results is the increase in acreage of land managed specifically to provide a greater benefit to the creek. Specific goals will be to enlist 5-10% of the total agricultural acreage in the basin. This would include acreage added to CRP, livestock lots participating in the EQIPs CNMP practices, voluntary riparian setbacks, acres of exotic control and supplemental planting of native species throughout the basin.

The third measure of success will be an increased use of the resource for recreational purposes, particularly fishing, canoeing, and/or swimming.

Project Beneficiaries:

The beneficiaries of this project are, of course, the local stakeholders within
the basin. The farmers, canoeists, fisherman, hunters, birder watchers, 
botanists, and residents of Pearl City and Freeport will all have a
resource that they will have invested in and taken a degree of ownership in
for their use and enjoyment. On a larger scale however, the residents of
other Northern Illinois watersheds will benefit from this project because it will
serve as a model for what many likely think is a futile effort at increasing
awareness and restoring primarily agricultural watersheds in the region.