Updated: Middle Fork advocates: Dynegy should move coal ash ponds

RURAL OAKWOOD — Middle Fork River advocates are urging Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to "do the right thing" and direct Dynegy to relocate three coal ash ponds at the old Vermilion Power Station north of Oakwood.

Sanitary District OKs water sale despite opposition

URBANA — Local officials on Thursday checked off another major step toward securing a deal to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant near Tuscola.

Cronus Chemicals still hasn't said where it will build the plant, but an announcement could come soon. The company has launched a website at cronuschem.com, where it lists some details of the project and the "major members" of the company.

Recycle queen holding court on eco-stylin'

Artist reuses stuff bound for landfills to create 'trashion'

Called the Queen of Recycling or a rock star of reuse, Nancy Judd of Santa Fe, N.M., is in C-U this weekend as the Hatch Festival artist-in-residence.

It's still winter, but birding season is here

With the start of birding season almost upon us — and Eagle Day festivities taking place Wednesday in Danville — we tapped ROB KANTER of the School of Earth, Society and Environment at the University of Illinois for five fast facts about our feathered friends in central Illinois.

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.