Davis pushes EPA on aquifer

WASHINGTON — Clearly perturbed by delays, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, is pushing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finish its review of a proposal to designate the Mahomet Aquifer as a sole source aquifer.

Updated: Solar farm construction to start in spring at UI

CHAMPAIGN — This time next year, students at the University of Illinois could be studying under lights powered by energy from the sun — at least in part.

A long-awaited "solar farm" considered a key step in the UI's transition to renewable energy is moving into the design phase, with construction expected to start in the spring.

Champaign to vote on firms for checking old landfill

CHAMPAIGN — The city of Champaign will vote on hiring firms to check on the safety of an old city landfill tonight.

The city council will consider two resolutions regarding the former Champaign municipal landfill at its meeting at 7 p.m. at the city council chambers, 102 N. Neil St.

More tree planting coming to Gifford

An official in the Village of Gifford said the next step in the village's rebuilding efforts will happen in the next few months.

Environmental Almanac: Show some love for our pollinators

On Thursday, residents of East Central Illinois will have a wonderful opportunity to learn about insect pollinators, the one group of insects that regularly gets positive press. That's thanks to a panel discussion co-sponsored by the Prairie Rivers Network, the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District and the University of Illinois Extension.

Illinois fracking registration off to slow start

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two months since Illinois enacted rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling, no company has applied for a state permit to put hydraulic fracturing to use.

Senate Democrats look to tweak bill on Keystone XL pipeline

DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

Winter weather advisory issued for area

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow for Champaign and Vermilion counties from 6 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties.

Snow is expected to begin early in the evening Monday and end early Tuesday, with the heaviest snowfall likely late Monday evening.

Environmental Almanac: 2014 was year of wildlife firsts

Did I resolve to spend more time outdoors last year? If so, resolution kept. Between Christmas bird counts and deer hunting, I was in the field from before sunrise until after sunset at least eight days in the final five weeks of 2014. And that's after an already good year and in addition to normal activities.

Urbana collecting Christmas trees in first full 2 weeks of January

URBANA — The city will provide Christmas-tree collection services for all residents for two weeks during the upcoming holiday season.

The Christmas-tree collections will take place Jan. 5-9 and 12-16.

Residents are asked to place the tree along the curb on the parkway by 6 a.m. on their regular U-Cycle collection day.