UI plans solar farm near research park

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois plans to build a solar farm along Windsor Road west of First Street that could supply about 2 percent of campus energy needs.

Environmental Almanac: INHS scientists continue long-running fish research

Few people see fish the way Josh Sherwood does. Sure, casual observers may notice the minnows that dart away as they look down from a bridge, and anglers learn the habits and haunts of the bass, catfish and other species they hope to catch.

Boil order for Tuscola lifted

UPDATED 11:06 a.m.

TUSCOLA — A boil order for the city of Tuscola has been lifted.

City Treasurer Alta Long said the order was necessary because of a water main break that happened Thursday afternoon in a new  residential development at the corner of Prairie Street and Northline Road in the northeast part of town.

The line was repaired Thursday.

Boil order lifted in Buckley

BUCKLEY — A boil order that had been in place since Tuesday was lifted Thursday afternoon.

ERH Enterprises, a Westville-based company contracted to maintain and operate Buckley’s water system, lifted the boil order about 1:30 p.m., according to Sean McBride, assistant director of operations.

Discolored water in southwest Champaign reported to be safe

CHAMPAIGN— While about 200 water customers in southwest Champaign are currently receiving discolored water, officials from Illinois American Water say the water remains safe to drink or use and should return to normal coloration by Wednesday morning.

Water main break brings boil order in Buckley

BUCKLEY — The entire village of Buckley is under a boil order until further notice.

ERH Enterprises, a Westville-based company contracted to maintain and operate Buckley’s water system, issued the boil order about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday after a water main broke about 9 a.m.

Agencies join to seek federal protection for aquifer

UPDATED 10:20 p.m. Monday

CHAMPAIGN — As a Clinton landfill looks to bury chemical waste over the Mahomet Aquifer, area agencies are chipping in on an application to add another layer of federal protection to the source of drinking water for 750,000 central Illinois residents.

AG's office files complaint against owner of Douglas County mine

MURDOCK — The Illinois attorney general’s office has filed a complaint with the Illinois Pollution Control Board alleging that a private company that took over the reclamation of the idled Murdock Mine in Douglas County has polluted the air and a stream near the site because of improper disposal of waste from various places in Illinois, including Champaign-Urbana, Decatur and Danville.

Reminders of leaf pickup

Here's a roundup on municipal leaf pickup:

Reminder: Electronics recycling event set

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County residents are again invited to dump their old electronics during a recycling collection on Saturday at The News-Gazette Distribution Center, 3202 Apollo Drive, C.