Extension Ag Update
January/February 2011
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Ag Facts

  • “90% of original wetlands lost in Illinois due to development.
  • 49th Illinois ranks second-to-last in the nation in percentage of native vegetation remaining. 
  • 9 to 10% of Illinois' total population relies on shallow aquifers as their water source.
  • 407% increase in chlorine concentration in Will County shallow groundwater, from 1950 to 2005. Road salt and stormwater runoff are major sources of salt contamination, which includes chlorine.”

 Source: What Our Water's Worth (WOWW) e-newsletter, www.chicagolandh2o.org