SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) recently awarded a $156,000 Section 604B Clean Water Act grant to American Farmland Trust (AFT) to work with members of the Vermilion Headwaters Watershed (VHW) Partnership, to advance watershed planning efforts that address local water quality issues and inspire action to achieve desired improvements. AFT and its partners will use stakeholder input to develop a Nine-Element Watershed-based Plan for the VHW Partnership that builds capacity for ongoing stakeholder engagement to achieve water quality goals directly related to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.