Dozens of trees to be planted in Danville to replace insect victims

DANVILLE — Nearly 50 trees are being planted this spring in parks and other areas of Danville that have been hard hit by the emerald ash borer.

DeWitt board, Clinton Landfill owners reach deal barring PCBs

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CLINTON — Ending a 7-year-long dispute, the DeWitt County Board on Thursday night voted to approve a settlement agreement with the owners of Clinton Landfill that keeps PCBs and manufactured-gas-plant wastes out of the landfill.

Rockford has plans to replace infested ash trees

ROCKFORD (AP) — The northern Illinois city of Rockford wants to plant 1,000 trees this year to help replace those lost to tree-killing beetles.

Landfill owner dropping its proposal to store PCBs above aquifer

CLINTON — A company that for years has planned to store toxic PCBs in a landfill sitting atop a central Illinois aquifer now says it's giving up the idea.

Peoria-based Area Disposal had tried since 2007 to get state and federal permits to store PCBs at its Clinton Landfill.

Plans to protect Mahomet Aquifer moving foward

SPRINGFIELD — Two state lawmakers said Tuesday there is increasing optimism about an agreement protecting the Mahomet Aquifer, the water source for Champaign-Urbana residents and thousands more in central Illinois.

Public is real winner of recycling competition

CHAMPAIGN — Five months of dedicated recycling efforts will culminate Wednesday when Green Purpose announces the winner of its Race for Zero Waste competition.

Since last November, five major employers in the Champaign-Urbana area have taken part in the competition, aimed at increasing recycling and minimizing waste.

Environmental Almanac: Quick fix following pollution report

In last week's column, I called attention to the fast action taken by University of Illinois Facilities and Services and the city of Champaign to diagnose a problem that was allowing pollution into the Boneyard Creek through a storm drain on campus. This week, I am delighted to report repairs on the leaky underground lines that caused the problem are complete.

Expo co-hosted by faith group, park district

URBANA — Here's a chance to learn about what local faith communities are doing to better care for the earth.

The EarthCare Expo, co-hosted by Faith in Place and the Urbana Park District, will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Urbana's Anita Purves Nature Center (1505 N. Broadway).

Environmental Almanac: Citizens are looking out for the Boneyard

If you were to launch your kayak in the Boneyard Creek on the University of Illinois campus and paddle downstream until you hit the Gulf of Mexico, you would travel roughly 1,400 miles on the water.

The bees' needs

Editor's note: Today kicks off an occasional new series in The News-Gazette. This story, and others that will follow, began as a project in a University of Illinois course called Science Journalism, taught by lecturer Jennifer Follis.

By Austin Keating