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Conservation 2000, now known as Partners for Conservation, was a six-year, $100 million initiative designed to take a broad-based, long-term ecosystem approach to conserving, restoring, and managing Illinois' natural lands, soils, and water resources while providing additional high-quality opportunities for outdoor recreation. It was an innovative and visionary approach to natural resource conservation promoted by the State of Illinois.

Illinois' 3,000 inland lakes and 84,000 ponds greatly benefited from the passage of Conservation 2000, as one of its major components is the funding of a six-year, $7.0 million program through the Illinois EPA for implementation of the recommendations contained in a report called the Illinois Lake Management Program Act - Administrative Framework Plan.

Please read the overview for a more detailed introduction to this program, commonly referred to as the Illinois Clean Lakes Program. The balance of Conservation 2000 funds are being directed to fund new and expanded programs through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Educational and non-profit organizations should read about our Lake Education Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance for inland lake/lake watershed educational activities.

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