Solar farm one of several planned projects

CHAMPAIGN — The proposed solar farm would be the first major project completed under the University of Illinois Climate Action Plan, which pledged that 5 percent of campus energy needs would come from renewable sources by 2015, and 25 percent by 2025.

Electronics recycling event is Saturday

Champaign County residents get another chance to recycle residential electronics items free of charge on Saturday morning.

The collection event will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the The News-Gazette Distribution Center, 3202 Apollo Drive, C. Motorists can get to the building by way of North Market Street east to Olympian Drive.

Wind company says it will collect data, fix any noise problem

DANVILLE - An attorney representing Invenergy, the company that owns the California Ridge wind farm, told Vermilion County Board members Tuesday night that two experts are doing a sound study within the wind farm to determine if wind turbines are exceeding state noise pollution limits, and if they are, Invenergy will fix the problem.

Clinton plant shut down for refueling

CLINTON — Exelon Generation's Clinton nuclear plant began a scheduled refueling outage Monday — its 14th since the plant went into operation 26 years ago.

With the unit offline, maintenance is scheduled to be performed and thousands of inspections made on various components and systems.

Prairie Rivers honors two

CHAMPAIGN — The Prairie Rivers Network is honoring Kevin Cummings and Suzanne Smith for their work in protecting and promoting the health of Illinois rivers and wildlife, at the organization's annual dinner.

Sanitary district: Keep wet wipes out of sewers

URBANA — "Flushable" wet wipes for bathroom use are being advertised as "quite an interesting addition to your dry routine."

But local sanitary district officials say consumers should keep the wipes out of the sewers by not flushing them down toilets — or risk a clogged sanitary line.

Environmental Almanac: Good turnout to check out rain gardens

The weather on Sept. 21 was perfect for a Saturday afternoon bike ride — blue skies, a light breeze and temperatures in the low 70s. Still, I wondered whether more than a handful of people would turn out for an event billed as a "Rain Garden Ramble," in which participants would pedal from the Prairie Rivers Network office in Champaign to four sites around town.

Flash flood warning issued

The National Weather Service has issued  a flash flood warning for east central Champaign County and central Vermilion County until 8 p.m. Saturday.

At 3:04 p.m. National Weather Service radar indicated slow moving thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall across the area. Rainfall amounts of more than 2 inches were estimated from these storms.

Sandra Mason: Choose native sumacs for fall foliage

With autumn's arrival, some plants retire quietly into winter. After a final exhalation, their leaves gradually give up their green lifeblood as they gravitate to the ground. Other plants flaunt their foliage to an autumn audience. Their leaves shriek in a dizzying carousel of orange, red and yellow as they swirl around limbs and legs.

Seminars on fresh water scheduled in Urbana

URBANA — A six-week seminar series on the availability of fresh water will be offered, beginning Oct. 6, at First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 W. Green St., U.

The seminars will be held from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. in the church's fellowship hall. The public is invited to attend the free seminars, which are secular and strictly educational, according to the church's Earth Care Team.

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