Water Quality for Citizens

These are the water quality topics that we believe might be of most interest to you as a citizen of Illinois. For even more information, visit  our main water quality page .

  • Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, including VLMP history, the tiered approach, monitoring methods, training, what the data means, and the VLMP newsletter.
  • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), including Section 319 projects, Livestock Facility Investigation Annual Reports, and more.
  • Harmful Algal Blooms, including identifying Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), reporting HABs, monitoring HABs, and the statewide HAB program.
  • Lake Notes Fact Sheets, including fact sheets about aquatic exotics, determining your lake's watershed, Illinois lakeshore birds, shoreline stabilization, pressure treated wood, zebra mussels, waterborne pathogens, and many more.
  • Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategyguides state efforts to improve water quality at home and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our lakes, streams, and rivers.

For even more information, visit  our main water quality page.