Yard waste collection set

DANVILLE — The city's yard waste collection program begins today (Monday, April 1) with the spring cleanup collection period.

The yard waste collection program has three specific time periods.

— Spring cleanup, which is weekly pickup of toters and yard waste bags that begins today and lasts until April 26.

Environmental Almanac: 1 mammal, 1 turtle, 1 bird

My family had the opportunity to get away for spring break to the Florida Gulf Coast, where we enjoyed great company, perfect camping weather and time on the beach. Of course, I also took advantage of the opportunity to do some wildlife photography — and to follow up on my curiosity about some of the critters we saw.

Group gathers over river concerns

OAKWOOD - Glen Martin lives near the Salt Fork River and often canoes streams of the entire Vermilion River system.

Energy efficiency, environment to be considered for neighborhood redevelopment

CHAMPAIGN — City planners would like to use energy efficient and environmentally friendly methods to redevelop the Bristol Place neighborhood east of Market Street on the city's north side.

Well safety: New tools available for those seeking a safe water source

CHAMPAIGN — Most people leave the safety of their drinking water in the hands of a local utility.

But for the 15 percent of Americans who depend on their own private wells, a safe drink of water requires some effort and understanding some basics about how wells work, experts say.

Homer boil order lifted

HOMER  - A boil order for the village of Homer has been lifted.

Village Clerk Sharon Jeffers said the order to boil water for drinking was lifted about 8:30 a.m. Friday after four different water samples were found to be fine.

A drop in pressure in the water system about 7:30 a.m. Thursday necessitated the order, Jeffers said.

Field Museum exhibit shedding light on a living world

Glowing can get you dates, hide you from a predator or snare you prey — depending on which species you hang out with.

Environmental Almanac: Tularemia suspected in beaver deaths

EDITOR'S NOTE: Rob Kanter is away this week, but he sent this piece from Urbana resident John Palen, who taught for 26 years at Central Michigan University, where he was a professor and chairman of the journalism department.

Two area wind farms move forward

KEMPTON — The race to build Ford County's second wind farm is picking up speed.

Next decision on water in Homer will be up to new board, mayor

HOMER — With treated water and sewer services agreed to, Sunrise Coal now moves on to securing a source for hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw water per day for its proposed Bulldog coal mine.