Environmental Almanac: An ecological look at the humble acorn

Last week I found a walnut on my windowsill, lovely and round with an unblemished bright green husk. Soon after, another appeared stuck in the wheel of my car. Now they're cached everywhere around the outside of our house, from the shelf on the grill to the flowerpots on the deck.

Future of food waste to be discussed at Monday forum

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition is inviting restaurants, hotels and other businesses that produce food scraps — or have a way to use them for compost — to take part in a forum from noon to 4 p.m. Monday at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St..

State closes Kickapoo pond

OAKWOOD — Runoff into a pond at Kickapoo State Park has prompted state officials to close that body of water to the public and notify the Illinois attorney general's office for possible enforcement action.

Crestwood seeks to settle contaminated water suits

CRESTWOOD, Ill. (AP) — The Crestwood Village Board was set to vote Thursday night on a settlement with the state over accusations of tainted drinking water, officials said.

Leaf-burning rules may be in wind for Tolono

TOLONO — Village officials are trying to decide how to deal with the issue of leaf burning.

After some residents complained about the smoke created, Tolono village board members this week discussed whether to ban leaf burning altogether or to restrict the times it's allowed.

River cleanup volunteers needed for North Fork

DANVILLE — Volunteers are needed to help clean up a stretch of the North Fork River that runs through Ellsworth Park on Saturday.

The cleanup is being sponsored by the city's Parks and Recreation Division and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon during the annual Vermilion River Festival at the park, 100 Ellworth Ave., Danville.

Ivesdale seeks source of water problem

IVESDALE — The village's drinking water has levels of trihalomethanes (TTHMs) that exceed state standards, according to village engineer Tom Overmyer. 

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agence sent a letter notifying the village last month. The village then sent notices to customers in their water bills.

Rules review won't delay wind farm applications

DANVILLE — Vermilion County officials don't plan to consider a moratorium on applications for wind-farm permits while a committee reviews rules regulating wind turbines.

'Plight of Monarch' to be shown in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The East Central Illinois Master Naturalists and University of Illinois Extension will host a free screening of "Plight of the Monarch" at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

Industry to seek changes in 'fracking' rules

CHICAGO (AP) — Supporters of high-volume oil and gas extraction said Wednesday that they'll seek dozens of changes in proposed rules to govern the practice in Illinois that appear to violate a hard-won compromise between industry and environmentalists.