Clean water groups highlight progress for Apple River, call for more success storiesPosted Oct 27, 2014
On the heels of the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a new report tells the story of how the bedrock environmental law has helped to restore and protect the Apple River, where citizens banded together to protect the river and Apple River Canyon State Park from efforts to construct two factory farms within the river’s watershed.
Clean water groups released Waterways Restored, a series of case studies compiled by Environment Illinois Research & Policy... Read More »
The Southern Illinoisan: Uncertainty still looms over fracking in IllinoisPosted Oct 27, 2014
More than 15 months after Gov. Pat Quinn signed fracking legislation into law, uncertainty still hovers over the future of the controversial industry in Illinois.
Fracking supporters claim rule making for the legislation has been held up by a cumbersome commenting process set up by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources while fracking opponents view the delay as necessary to ensure a "dangerous" practice is made as safe as possible.
Brad Richards, executive vice... Read More »
Letter: Protect Clean Water in IllinoisPosted Sep 22, 2014
This spring, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close the loopholes that currently leave 20 million acres of the nation’s wetlands and half of its streams and rivers unprotected under the Clean Water Act.
This is particularly problematic in Illinois because of the threat of continued contamination to Lake Michigan, a drinking source to millions of Illinoisans. Those neglected rivers and streams flowing into Lake Michigan threaten public health and a source of revenue... Read More »
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