Water Quality Initiatives

Water Quality Initiatives

Trees Forever works with landowners and communities to improve water quality by establishing streamside buffers that reduce soil erosion and decrease pollutants entering waterways. We work with volunteers to establish and maintain sustainable pollinator-friendly habitats through the use of deep-rooted native plants that will slow, cool, and absorb stormwater runoff. All of this is achieved through our Working Watersheds: Buffers & Beyond, Illinois Buffer Partnership, and Pollinator Habitat Conservation, and The Green Initiative.

Working Watersheds: Buffers & Beyond

Up to $2,000 for a water quality project or demonstration site.

Apply by December 31

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Pollinator Habitat Conservation

Up to $1,000 to establish or enhance native planting projects designed to benefit pollinators.

Apply by September 30

Illinois Buffer Partnership

Up to $2,000 cost-share reimbursement for riparian buffers, livestock buffers, streambank stabilization projects, wetland development, pollinator habitat, rain gardens and agroforestry projects.

Apply by March 31

The Green Initiative

Grants for seedlings are available to everyone across Iowa and in the Quad City area of Illinois to help diversify community forests and increase canopy cover.

Apply anytime


“At the end of the day, there’s nothing more peaceful than sitting on the porch, listening to the owls hoot off in the distance, seeing the deer frolic at the edge of the woods, hearing the sounds of the pheasants and quail out in the prairie, and watching the butterflies fluttering from flower to flower before dark.”

Walter Clark, Normal, IL – participant in the Illinois Buffer Partnership