Rob Kanter: Just one part of a big plan

If you've been keeping up with the news from the University of Illinois this summer, you already know that one of the most interesting developments on campus is the solar farm currently being installed near the intersection of Windsor Road and First Street on the South Farms.

More in C-U answering call of 'duty'

Scott Willenbrock's two-story brick home in Champaign looks like any other. Built in 1929, it used to be drafty, racking up big energy bills. It would leak heat in the winter and cool air in the summer.

"I thought it was a lost cause," said the University of Illinois physics professor.

Rose working to protect state's water supply

CHAMPAIGN — State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, told environmentalists Saturday that he'd be introducing legislation Monday to protect the state's water supply.

Rose made a brief appearance at a Mahomet Aquifer Community meeting that went beyond the two hours organizers had reserved a room at the Champaign Public Library for.

Among his remarks:

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.

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.

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?

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: