People who pay attention to the weather understand that knowing the average high temperature for May 18 doesn't tell you what the actual high temperature will be. In the same way, people who pay attention to the migrations of birds understand that knowing the average date of arrival for Baltimore orioles in Champaign doesn't tell you which day they're actually going to get here.
MURDOCK — State environmental regulators agreed Monday to look into new complaints by Murdock area residents that a large amount of dust still blows on windy days from the former Murdock coal mine site, which is the target of pollution complaints filed last fall by the Illinois attorney general's office.
Even people who don't take a special interest in insects have probably heard something about the troubles afflicting honeybees in recent years.
SPRINGFIELD — In what was described as a first step toward developing wind energy in Lake Michigan, an Illinois Senate committee approved legislation authorizing a study to determine the best locations for wind projects in the lake.
In the past couple of years, I have twice called attention to how wastewater treated by the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District supports aquatic ecosystems and other wildlife in the streams where it is discharged.
SOPHIA TAREEN,Associated Press
TAMMY WEBBER,Associated Press
DANVILLE — What's not to like about using sewage to generate heat and electricity while also reducing gas emissions into the atmosphere?
SPRINGFIELD — Two local state senators said Thursday that they have a commitment from the state Environmental Protection Agency that it will step up its oversight of the Clinton Landfill.
SHELBYVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reporting high water conditions at Lake Shelbyville.
The pool elevation at the lake has risen to 9.43 feet above the normal summer pool, which is 599.7 feet.
According to the Army Corps, the level was 609.13 feet at 7 a.m. Thursday.
CHAMPAIGN — Another countywide residential electronics collections drive will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at The News-Gazette distribution center, 3202 Apollo Drive, C.
Saturday's drive is the first of two scheduled to take place this year. The second will be on Saturday, Oct. 12, also at The News-Gazette center.