Environmental Almanac: Ditch the vehicle and start pedaling

Does the warming weather awaken in you the desire to ride a bike — maybe even use one to get to work someday? Then why not do it?

Urbana City Council members to discuss 'legacy tree' program

URBANA — City council members this week could move forward in establishing a "legacy tree" protection program they hope will preserve some of Urbana's biggest, rarest and most notable trees.

Council members will discuss the proposal when they meet as a committee of the whole at 7 p.m. today in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

Environmental Almanac: Direct action, regulation needed to combat invasive species

What's wrong with garlic mustard? Ask Marilyn Leger, and she'll tell you that no plant is bad, but that garlic mustard is one of many plants that can produce bad effects when people establish them in the wrong place. And natural areas in Illinois are definitely the wrong place for garlic mustard.

Land Institute founder: 'Eco' state of mind needed

CHAMPAIGN — A leader in the sustainable agriculture movement warned University of Illinois students Thursday of the dangers of "technological fundamentalism" — thinking that society can solve all its problems through technology.

Wes Jackson, the 77-year-old founder of the Land Institute, said society needs to replace "the industrial mind" with an "ecological state of mind."

Treated-water sale to Tuscola plant on table

URBANA — Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District officials will be considering a deal to pump treated wastewater directly to a fertilizer facility looking to locate near Tuscola instead of into local streams.

Boil order issued for Aqua Illinois customers near Henning Road outside Danville

RURAL DANVILLE — Aqua Illinois officials today issued a boil order for customers along and west of Henning Road due to a water main break.

Officials said those customers should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice. That will kill any bacteria or other organisms that might be present in the water.

Central Illinois Daily Life: April 1- April 8


Images of people and events as seen through the eyes of News-Gazette photographers.


Yard waste collection set

DANVILLE — The city's yard waste collection program begins today (Monday, April 1) with the spring cleanup collection period.

The yard waste collection program has three specific time periods.

— Spring cleanup, which is weekly pickup of toters and yard waste bags that begins today and lasts until April 26.

Officials seek to relocate more mussels to area rivers

URBANA — Last summer, research scientists with the Illinois Natural History Survey moved 1,200 endangered northern riffleshell and clubshell mussels from Pennsylvania to the Salt Fork and Middle Fork rivers and are now searching for two more sites in the Vermilion River system to move more.

Environmental Almanac: 1 mammal, 1 turtle, 1 bird

My family had the opportunity to get away for spring break to the Florida Gulf Coast, where we enjoyed great company, perfect camping weather and time on the beach. Of course, I also took advantage of the opportunity to do some wildlife photography — and to follow up on my curiosity about some of the critters we saw.