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Public expo showcasing wetland construction set for August 13–17, 2018
The public is invited to attend a free, five-day Construction and Conservation Expo
on August 13–17, 2018, showcasing the installation of Livingston County’s first tile-drainage
constructed wetland on agricultural land at Fulton Farms outside Cullom, Illinois. The event is
organized by the Wetlands Initiative (TWI) and the Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association
(ILICA) in collaboration with the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership (ISAP) and other partners.
The event will feature implementation of a small constructed wetland designed to capture nutrient
runoff from tile drainage. It will also be a demonstration and exhibition of land improvement
equipment. Construction Days will run from Monday, August 13, through Friday, August 17, from
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. During construction, attendees can view the different components of
a constructed wetland first-hand as it is being built and talk with TWI staff about how the practice
works. There is no admission charge, and everyone is welcome to attend, including farmers, farmland
owners, agribusiness professionals, conservationists, and the general public.
Two special Conservation Days sponsored by ISAP will be held on Tuesday, August 14, and
Thursday, August 16, from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. These days will include the following:
-Free lunch at noon, courtesy of Illinois Soybean Association and American Farmland Trust.
-Interactive stations where guests can learn from experts about a range of on-farm conservation
drainage practices to reduce nutrient loss, including saturated buffers, drainage water management,
bioreactors, and constructed wetlands. A tabletop rainfall simulator will also be displayed.
-Speaker talks and group discussions on in-field and farm strategies for reducing nutrient losses.
Registration is not required. The Fulton Farms site is located at 31450 E 1900 N Road in Cullom,
Illinois. To reach the event, start at the intersection of IL-116 and IL-47 south of Dwight, Illinois. Head
east on IL-116 through the town of Saunemin, turn north on County Road 3100 E, then turn east onto
1900 N Road. Signs will direct you to parking along the roadside. For more information about this event,
please visit www.smartwetlands.farm/livingston2018 or call TWI Field Outreach Specialist Jean
McGuire at (515) 520-3036.