Study on BPAs, other substances, to be discussed at Beckman

CHAMPAIGN — Ongoing research into how certain environmental exposures affect children's health and development will be presented Monday at a free symposium at the Beckman Institute in Champaign.

Manure spill blamed for fish kill

FITHIAN — State-protected fish were killed when liquid manure discharged from a Fithian-area farm into Stony Creek and then the Salt Fork over the weekend, state officials say.

Biologists estimate the pollution affected about 10 miles of waterway, killing fish up to the Oakwood Road bridge over the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River.

Tom Kacich: Usual allies differ on aquifer agreement

If two longtime guardians of the local environment can't agree on a controversial consent decree regarding the Clinton Landfill, what are the rest of us to think?

Environmental Almanac: Proud to be a grubber

Now and again, it strikes me that the things I enjoy doing are not the things most other people enjoy doing.

Take grubbing for mussels.

Fisher tackles stinky problem

FISHER — There is a big stink in Fisher and residents aren't happy about it.

City's vote on ice until after public meeting

URBANA — The Urbana City Council has put off a decision on the Mahomet Aquifer consent decree until its Sept. 21 meeting in order to wait for a public meeting to discuss the agreement.

Just 1 question: How can farmers protect birds, insects

At today's Agriculture Field Day at PrairieErth Farm near Atlanta, Ill., Cassandra Wilcoxen will be comparing bird and pollinator density and diversity in three farm production systems (organic, conservation and conventional). Staff writer Paul Wood caught up with the University of Illinois grad student before her gig:

No small threat

URBANA — This is the worst summer here for ash trees and a killer pest.

"We'll lose all the city-owned ash trees within two years," Urbana Arborist Mike Brunk said.

The ash was once one of eastern America's most common trees. Before 2002, the emerald ash borer had never been seen in North America.

Take a gander — no geese

CHAMPAIGN — There's a beautiful green space on the edge of downtown Champaign. A historic stone bridge, falling water, curved walkways with landscaping above and below and a gentle slope to a pond where the occasional turtle suns itself and a heron fishes for dinner.

And geese, you say. Always, with the pooping on the sidewalk.

Flight club: Looking for the bird that shouldn't be here

Some wayward trajectory brought a rare bird, a swallow-tailed kite, to perch on a dead or dying conifer near Mattis and Windsor a few days ago.

Dozens of people from Chicago and farther have come to add the raptor to their "life list" of birds, since this is a raptor you would expect to see in Florida, not Illinois.