Environment

Environment

Updated: Homer rejects water sale to coal mine

HOMER — The Homer Village Board voted Monday night to reject an agreement for treated water and sewer services for Sunrise Coal LLC's proposed Bulldog coal mine, surprising even those in the audience who had asked the board to do so.

Water contract with Sunrise Coal up for vote

HOMER — The Homer village board plans to vote Monday night on an agreement to provide Sunrise Coal’s proposed Bulldog mine with up to 8,000 gallons of treated water the first two years and up to 20,000 gallons of treated water thereafter, all at virtually no cost to the village, according to the final draft of the contract that’s posted on the village website.

Environmental Almanac: Witness courtship spectacles in Illinois

Valentine's Day is almost upon us, which means many people, including the otherwise happily undemonstrative among us, are desperately devising ways to impress a mate.

Winter Walk at River Bend Forest Preserve

A winter walk through River Bend Forest Preserve in Mahomet on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.

Eagle Day at Danville Area Community College

Representatives from World Bird Sanctuary, Valley Park, Missouri, talked with area fourth graders about birds of prey during Eagle Day at Mary Miller Gym at Danville Area Community College Wednesday February 6, 2013. 

Environmental Almanac: Farmers near Homer voice opposition to mine

In remarks to a recent meeting of the Homer Village Board, attorney Steve Beckett suggested that the effort to stop development of a coal mine in Vermilion County had created an unusual alliance between environmentalists and farmers in the area.

Central Illinois Daily Life Feb. 4 - Feb. 11

Images of events and every day life in Central Illinois as seen through the lenses of News-Gazette photographers.

Turtle to spend year at school before heading back to wild

CHAMPAIGN — Booker T. Washington STEM Academy has a new reptile — but it is not a class pet.

The Champaign school is hosting Snappy the alligator snapping turtle for a year or less as a part of Operation Endangered Species.

The program has a few schools in Illinois working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to house the turtles before they're let go in the wild.

Urbana plan aims to preserve 'legacy' trees on private property

URBANA — A massive, 100-foot-tall bur oak still stands at the intersection of Maple and Main streets today because community members intervened.

When Long's Garage sought to expand in 1979, they appeared ready to cut down the 200-year-old tree. At the urging of a University of Illinois forestry class and some encouragement from city officials, the Long family built around the tree.