The Bureau of Land and Water Resources distributes funds through the Partners for Conservation Program to Illinois'
97 soil and water conservation districts for programs aimed at reducing soil loss and protecting water quality.
The Partners for Conservation Program is a long-term, state-supported initiative to protect natural resources and enhance outdoor recreational opportunities in Illinois. The program implements strategies for maintaining the viability of Illinois' soil and water resources into the 21st century and beyond. Several state agencies share responsibility for administering Partners for Conservation Program funds. The Illinois Department of Agriculture oversees the following agriculture-related programs: the sustainable agriculture grant program, the conservation practices cost-share program, the stream bank stabilization and restoration program, and the soil and water conservation district grants program.
The Bureau of Land and Water Resources staff also works with state and local officials to reduce conversion of farmland stemming from state-sponsored projects.