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DANVILLE — About 17 years after the Vermilion County Conservation District's education staff first suggested building a new outdoor school facility, ground will be broken Sunday at the site of a new environmental education center at Kennekuk County Park.
"We're very excited to finally get the project going," said Ken Konsis, director of the conservation district.
CHAMPAIGN — There was no official vote, but city council members on Tuesday generally approved of a proposal to ask the federal government for more stringent protection of the Mahomet Aquifer, a natural underground reservoir that serves as the source of drinking water for roughly 700,000 people across central Illinois.
PAXTON — The school district should see a $1 million spike in revenue next year, while homeowners in the district should see a savings on their property tax bills next summer, thanks to the construction of a wind farm near Paxton.
Have you ever entertained the idea of generating electricity at home with solar panels on your roof? If so, now may be the time to act. That's the conclusion Phil Krein reached recently, anyway. He's a longtime resident of central Champaign and a professor in the University of Illinois Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a guy who knows this stuff as well as anyone around.
SAVOY — Representatives from Layne Christensen Co., a global water management company, spoke to the Savoy village board this week about the likelihood of the Mahomet Aquifer being designated a sole-source aquifer and how it will affect the proposed disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, at the Clinton Landfill.
CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana business, the University of Illinois and Danville Area Community College have been honored with 2012 state sustainability awards for their efforts to protect the environment, preserve resources and improve the economy.
HOMER — Two area farmers asked the Homer Village Board on Monday night to consider providing their businesses with water for their fields and livestock.
HOMER — It appears the village has the legal authority to sell water to Sunrise Coal for its proposed coal mine in Vermilion County, according to Homer Mayor David Lucas.
CHAMPAIGN — City leaders and a group of area governments have filed a complaint before the Illinois Pollution Control Board alleging that Clinton Landfill is illegally operating a waste facility where landfill officials hope to soon begin burying potentially harmful chemicals.
CHAMPAIGN — A local land conservation group has received a grant to help it purchase a 108-acre tract along the Sangamon River near Monticello.
It's another step in a long-range plan by the Land Conservation Foundation to acquire hundreds of acres of forested bottomlands along the Sangamon in Champaign and Piatt counties.