1.) CPP is intended for providing assistance to landowners who are in compliance with the farm program. If you become aware of an erosion problem on your land the first step is to call or stop by our office so we can begin to help you assess the problem.
2.) As CPP is one of several programs available we will determine if it is the best one to address the problem. If so, we will fill out an initial application and mark on an aerial photo where the problem is.
3.) The sign-up for the program is open all year long and is cut off at the end of March, at which time all the applications will be visited by staff and inventoried and scored based on their severity.
4.) After the Board approves the Prioritization List and money is received from IDA we begin contacting landowners on the top of the list to come in to the office to pay a $200 survey fee and schedule a field visit to discuss logistical items such as: planter widths, row direction, and to discuss the landowner's priority if multiple problems exist.
5.) Then staff will conduct a layout, a survey and then design the practices to be installed. During this time landowners should be contacting a contractor if they plan to hire the work done. A contractors list (available below) can provide contact information if you are looking for one. The contractors list is not a recommendation but simply a resource. The names listed are of those who have requested to be there.
6.) Once the design is done and contractor hired a pre-construction meeting is scheduled in the field. At this time staff supplies both the landowner and the contractor a copy of the design and discusses the standards and specifications which must be met to satisfy the program and ensure government assistance with the associated costs.
7.) When the job is finished to landowner and staff satisfaction the landowner is then responsible for paying the contractor and then submitting a copy of the bill to the SWCD which will be used to finish the paperwork and submit to the State for reimbursement.
If you are interested in learning more about the program or if you have a site that needs attention, check out the forms below and contact the office for assistance. As of January 1, 2010 CPP projects fall under the category of public works and are subject to prevailing wage requirements. See our links page for the Illinois Department of Labor website and a link to their rates page.