Environment

Environmental Almanac: There's work to be done to protect our waters

Last week in my column about fishing the Salt Fork River, I credited the federal Clean Water Act of 1972 for the comeback of that stream and others like it.


Beware of bacteria

If you're thinking about swimming at an inland lake in East Central Illinois, you might want to think again.

It's not just that there could be something unpleasant in the water, it's also that what's there might go undetected for weeks.


Agency raffles car to keep county beautiful

DANVILLE — A nonprofit organization working to spruce up Vermilion County is giving people a chance to win a new car.

Keep Vermilion County Beautiful Inc. is selling raffle tickets to raise money for 2015 beautification grants.

First prize is either a 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid, which has a retail value of $25,425 (provided by Carmack Car Capitol) or $20,000.


Coal mine opponents seek state hearing

FAIRMOUNT — Opponents of a proposed coal mine southeast of Homer are requesting the state hold public hearings on the development plans of Sunrise Coal, which recently finalized its state application for a mining permit for its Bulldog mine.


U.S. EPA won't grant Clinton landfill PCB permit

CHICAGO — The federal chemical waste permit that a DeWitt County landfill had been waiting on for years will not move forward, the U.S. EPA said on Wednesday.


Vermilion County panel to mull wind farm, zoning rules

DANVILLE — At the request of two Vermilion County Board members, a new committee will consider two controversial topics: the county's ordinance regulating wind turbines and zoning.


Environmental Almanac: Catching the sights, fish on the Salt Fork

On the first Saturday of this month, I floated and fished a stretch of Salt Fork River in Vermilion County, something I've been meaning to do all summer. I went with my friend Rick Larimore, and our original plan was to float separately, me in my kayak and him in his canoe.


Farmer finds niche in collecting used oil

SIDNEY — Is there new life for old oil?

There sure is, and Travis Loschen helps make it so by collecting used oil from farms and businesses throughout East Central Illinois.


More toxic wastes barred

SPRINGFIELD — Four days after moving to ban PCB waste from the Clinton Landfill, Gov. Pat Quinn now is prohibiting the disposal of some manufactured gas plant wastes at the site located about 40 miles west of Champaign.


Vermilion health department seeks birds to test for West Nile

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Health Department is asking the public to report certain kinds of dead birds for possible testing to help determine if West Nile Virus is in the area.

The county is accepting a limited number of dead crows, blue jays, grackles, starlings, sparrows, finches, robins, cardinals, flycatchers, swallows, catbirds, mockingbirds, warblers and wrens for testing.


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