UI to take part in national competition

CHAMPAIGN — On Wednesday, when the Illini men's basketball team hosts Nebraska at the State Farm Center, there will be another competition going on at the same time.

During the game, the University of Illinois will begin Recyclemania, a competition and assessment tool used to promote waste reduction activities in college communities.

Group backs moratorium on 'factory' livestock farms

CHAMPAIGN — An environmental advocacy group is calling for support of proposed Illinois Pollution Control Board regulations that would put new requirements on large-scale livestock farms.

Environmental Almanac: Pesticides should be small tool in management plan

In anticipation of the 31st Insect Fear Film Festival, which is Saturday at the University of Illinois, this week's column is written by two members of the Entomology Graduate Student Association: Michelle Duennes and Todd Johnson:

Environmental Almanac: Conservation lecture series at UI begins

When do people do best to pull together on the environment? When the stakes are clear and the issues are close to home. Witness these recent examples from East Central Illinois.

Cold winter = fewer bugs in spring? Forget about it, UI expert says

If you were hoping that the frigid weather we've had this winter would result in less insects when the weather warms up, a University of Illinois professor says that's not going to happen.

Environmental Almanac: If you're chilly, think about critters

By the time you're looking at this column, Punxsutawney Phil will have already seen his shadow or not, so we'll have that projection for how much more winter we must endure or get to enjoy, depending on your perspective.

Proposed wastewater sale up for discussion again

Sanitary district board is expected to get a look at contract today, but not vote on it

URBANA — Steps to bring a $1.2 billion fertilizer plant to Douglas County continue to be taken, as the Urbana Champaign Sanitary District board again looks at piping large amounts of its treated wastewater to Tuscola.

Environmental Almanac: Master Naturalists helping catalog collection

Even if pressed, I bet you could not identify an orange-banded leaf hopper without a little help. I know I couldn't. And I'm sure I couldn't tell the difference between a cat flea and a dog flea (spoiler alert: even if a flea is found on a dog, it's probably a cat flea).

Tom Kacich: Why risk polluting our aquifer?

If you like the idea of West Virginia's "Chemical Valley" being centered along the Elk River — where about 300,000 people get their drinking water — how about the notion of dumping hazardous chemicals over an aquifer that provides drinking water for 750,000 people in central Illinois?

Madigan appeals decision on Clinton landfill

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has appealed a decision not to move forward with a complaint against Clinton Landfill's operation of a chemical waste unit above the Mahomet Aquifer.