2015 Sangamon Watershed Celebration

We Hope You’ll Join Us!

11th Annual Sangamon Watershed Celebration

Sangamon Watershed Celebration

Thursday Schedule

Thurs – Dec 10 , 2015
Reception  ●  Dinner   ●   Play
Richland Community College
Shilling Community Education Center

Decatur, Illinois

  • 6:00 pm Reception
  • 6:45 pm Holiday Buffet prepared by The Prairie Grille from local sources
  • 7:30 pm Original Play – Map of My Kingdom about:  Who’s going to get the farm? And what are they going to do with it?
    Will your future plans for your land create harmony or strife for your family? Or have you even started to think that far ahead?
  • >> You Tube Video of Map of My Kingdom

You may call us to make reservations and then pay the advance price at the door.
$20 in advance; $25 at the door

Phone: 217-877-5640

E-mail: sfjohn@agwatershed.org


Friday Schedule

Friday – Dec 11, 2015
Generations Caring for the Land
Mary Swander
9 AM to 1 PM

On Friday, December 11, there will be a workshop on Generations Caring for the Land. The workshop is designed especially for farmland owners.

The workshop will be from 9 AM to 1 PM in the National Sequestration Education Center, located under the wind turbine on the Richland Community College campus. Lunch will be provided.

Mary Swander will guide participants in envisioning the future they want for their “Kingdom”; Jen Filipiak of American Farmland Trust will discuss information and support available through the “Women Caring for the Land” program; attorney Samuel Collins of The Estate Planning Center in Salem, Illinois, will speak about integrating character, faith, morals and life lessons into planning your estate and legacy.

Choose either Individual ($20) or Family ($30) from the Dropdown Menu Below then click on Purchase Tickets

Workshop Pricing

Conference Sponsors:

City of Decatur  ●  Decatur Audubon Society  ●  Macon County Community Environmental Council


Perennial Biomass Crops and Nutrient Loss Reduction

Agricultural Watershed Institute and Prairie Rivers Network
Invite you to a Workshop on Perennial Biomass Crops and Nutrient Loss Reduction

August 14th, 2015
Location: Richland Community College Campus/National Sequestration Education Center
Time: 10 am to 3 pm – Lunch provided

The use of wetness-tolerant Perennial Crops combined with drainage management practices could become a viable cropping system to utilize nutrients before they reach streams and lakes.

Speakers and participants will discuss current and possible crops and methods to produce forage or bioenergy feedstock in wet or sloping areas and also help meet the targets of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.

Attendees are invited to tour the Caterpillar—AWI Prairie for Bioenergy demonstration plots immediately after the workshop.

This workshop and plot tour is free and open to the public. It is especially designed for conservation professionals, scientists and educators, producers, landowners, farm managers, and anyone else with an interest in perennial forage or bioenergy crops that can also provide water quality, soil conservation, and wildlife benefits.  Speakers will include Jerry Kaiser, NRCS Elsberry Plant Materials Center; Cristina Negri, Argonne National Laboratory; Allen Parrish, U of I; Eric Rund, Rund Farms; Producer & Contractor Panel.

>> Download Workshop Brochure

Sangamon Watershed Celebration 2014

Dear Friends of AWI and the Sangamon River Watershed: 

Please join us for AWI’s annual Sangamon Watershed Celebration to be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Richland Community College’s Shilling Center.

The Celebration will begin at 5:30 pm with a reception and exhibits. This will be followed by a Cajun-style dinner buffet catered by the Prairie Grille (6:30), a keynote address by Nancy Rabalais (7:00), and Cajun music by Tee Chaoui Social Club featuring Alan Lafleur (8:00).

Dr. Rabalais is Executive Director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and a leading expert on causes and potential solutions for the Gulf of Mexico “dead zone”.

The cost of the Sangamon Watershed Celebration is $25 per person in advance or $35 at the door.
We do not print tickets.

Join us for the Sangamon Watershed Celebration

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014

For your convenience, you may call us to make reservations and then pay the advance price at the door.
Phone: 217-877-5640
E-mail:  sfjohn@agwatershed.org

Join us for the Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

This year, AWI’s annual watershed event is piggybacking on the Green Lands Blue Waters Conference which will be held on November 19-20, with pre-conference tours on the 18th. The conference theme is “Bioenergy and Sustainable Agriculture”.

Speakers and participants from throughout the Midwest will explore cutting-edge ideas to combine renewable energy with clean water and wildlife habitat. Friends of AWI and the Sangamon are cordially invited to attend the conference. It will spotlight local efforts to make the Lake Decatur watershed a national showcase.

Cost of the full conference is $90, which includes the Sangamon Watershed Celebration, other meals, and the optional pre-conference tours.

To learn more about the GLBW vision for more Continuous Living Cover on the agricultural landscape, go to greenlandsbluewaters.net.

We look forward to seeing many of our friends and partners at the 2014 Sangamon Watershed Celebration.  And if you are interested in learning how perennial biomass crop may transform the agricultural landscape in the years ahead, please consider registering for the GLBW conference.

In addition to AWI and GLBW, co-sponsors are the Illinois Biomass Working Group, City of Decatur, Decatur Audubon Society, and Environmental and Energy Study Institute.


Steve John, AWI Executive Director

2014 Fall Conference & Sangamon Watershed Celebration

Bioenergy and Sustainable Agriculture:

Perennial Biomass Crops for Multiple Benefits

November 19-20
Richland Community College
Decatur, IL


Steve John,
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Richard Warner,
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Conference Co-Sponsors:

Agricultural Watershed Institute, a nonprofit based
in Decatur, Illinois, leads a collaborative project to promote perennial
crops for bioenergy, forage, clean water and wildlife in the Upper
Sangamon Watershed.
Green Lands Blue Waters supports development of and
transition to a new generation of multifunctional agricultural systems
that integrate more perennial plants and other continuous living cover
(CLC) into the landscape.


Conference Lodging


The nearest lodging  is a Sleep Inn located near I-72, Exit 144, less than two miles from the Richland Community College campus. This Sleep Inn offers a special nightly rate of $67.00 plus tax for guests attending events at Richland. We do NOT have a block of rooms reserved for the conference so making reservations early is recommended. When making reservations, indicate that you are requesting the Richland rate.

Sleep Inn
3920 E. Hospitality Lane
Decatur, IL, 62521

(217) 872-7700


Additional accommodations in the Decatur—Forsyth area are listed here:


Several hotels, restaurants, and the Hickory Point Mall are located near the interchange of U.S. Route 51 and I-72 (Exit 141), within a
10-minute drive of Richland.


By automobile:

Maps and driving directions to the conference site – the Shilling Community Education Center on the Richland campus in northeast Decatur –are on the Richland website:


By air:

Scheduled flights between the Decatur airport and Chicago (O’Hare) or St. Louis are provided by Air Choice One.


Several airlines serve the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington-Normal (http://www.cira.com/). Commercial flights also come into the University of Illinois’ Willard Airport (www.flycmi.com/) and the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (Springfield – www.flyspi.com/). Each of these airports is about 50 miles/1 hour drive time from Decatur.

By rail:

Amtrak passenger service is available to Bloomington-Normal. Champaign, and Springfield.