Wetland being constructed at Illinois Central College to help expand agricultural program

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EAST PEORIA, Ill.–A constructed wetland is currently being built at Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus.

The college plans to use this for classes and research. It will also be a wildlife sanctuary for natural vegetation, grasses, flowering plants that will eventually bring plenty of insects and birds to the wetlands.

Jill Kostel who is the Senior Environmental Engineer for The Wetlands Initiative says this will help future farmers.

“Students, future farmers, agronomists, certified crop advisers can learn about all these different practices essentially at one farm. Pretty unique opportunity. We’re really excited that we were able to partner with them to put this wetland on the ground down here,” Kostel said.

The wetland will be a little less than one acre, and the college hopes this will show more students that ICC’s agricultural program is expanding.

“Wetlands bring a lot of value to our landscape. They provide improving water quality, wildlife habitat and biodiversity. They’re a biological superstore. They provide a lot of energy and food to our food web,” Kostel said.

Kostel believes it will be a great opportunity for farmers to learn different practices.

“Students, future farmers, agronomists, certified crop advisers can learn about all these different practices essentially at one farm. Pretty unique opportunity. We’re really excited that we were able to partner with them to put this wetland on the ground down here,” Kostel said.

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