Governments submit application on Mahomet Aquifer to EPA

CHAMPAIGN — Area government agencies on Wednesday officially started the Mahomet Aquifer on the path toward federal protection.

Vote delayed on treated water, sewer lines for coal mine

HOMER — Another meeting has been scheduled to discuss the sale of treated water and sewer services to Sunrise Coal by the village.

Environmental Almanac: Holiday gift ideas for the environmentally inclined

I'm conflicted when it comes to holiday gift buying. On one side, my inner curmudgeon urges me to opt out as far as possible. Isn't this focus on new stuff at odds with people reducing their negative impacts on the planet? Bah, humbug.

On the other side, I enjoy giving and receiving gifts as much as anyone else. Curmudgeon be gone; let's open presents!

UI urged to dump coal holdings

URBANA — Students at the University of Illinois are urging trustees not to invest the UI's money in coal, saying the fossil fuel accelerates climate change and endangers the environment and human health.

The university has no direct investments in coal, a spokesman said Friday, but it's not ready to make any changes to its investment policy.

Danville yard waste collection to stop, will resume in January

DANVILLE — The city's weekly yard waste collection program will stop Dec. 14, but residents will have another opportunity for yard waste pickup during a two-week period in early January.

Oakwood to lose water late Wednesday

OAKWOOD — Water in Oakwood will be shut off for an hour late Wednesday for a water main project.

Water won't be available from 11:30 p.m. Wednesday until 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Residents are asked to boil water for at least 24 hours after the initial shut-off.

I Hotel's roof goes green

CHAMPAIGN — The view out the upper-floor windows at Champaign's I Hotel got a little greener this fall.

About 3,000 square feet of the flat black roof over the adjacent University of Illinois Conference Center is now covered with a colorful mixture of hardy sedum plants, in shades of red, green and yellow.

Plant-covered BIF roof a hub for green research

CHAMPAIGN — A living laboratory atop the University of Illinois Business Instructional Facility is providing scientists with data on how green roofs can help communities better manage storm water.

A 1,200-foot-section of the roof on the fourth floor of the BIF, as it's popularly known, is covered with plants and serves as a field lab for engineering researchers.

Firm tries to find why wind turbine blade broke

ARMSTRONG — The firm that operates the recently built California Ridge Wind Farm in Vermilion and Champaign counties said it is looking into how a wind turbine's blade broke on Tuesday night.

Boil orders lifted

Boil orders for Tuscola, Arcola and the West Prairie Water District have been lifted.

The orders were issued Monday following a break in a water main about five miles north of Tuscola.

Repairs were finished Monday evening and tests have confirmed the water once again is safe.