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  • Exploring the Expanded Chicago Riverwalk
    August 14 2015
    From biking to dining, the three new branches of the Chicago…
  • Restore the Clean Water Act: Take Action to Prevent Water Pollution, Reduce Flooding and Protect Habitat
    July 2 2014
    Which waters are most worth protecting? The answer is fundamental…
  • Illinois Environmental Community Rejects Last Minute Fracking Bill
    May 24 2014
    Late today amendments were submitted in the Illinois General…
  • Is Illinois at risk for the next coal ash disaster?
    May 8 2014
    On Feb. 2, a storage site filled with coal ash – a…
  • IEPA pushes for rules on coal ash disposal
    March 11 2014
    Illinois coal power plants consumed more than 48 million tons of…
  • ELPC's Statement on Gov. Quinn's Clean Water Initiative
    January 29 2014
    Environmental Law & Policy Center Commends Governor…

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Chicago Tribune: Experts warn of stronger Lake Michigan waves as erosion takes its toll
Posted Aug 26, 2015

Beach erosion has long been a worry for Lake Michigan's coastal residents. But the thinning veneer of sand on the floor of the lake may be a more troublesome problem. The amount of sand that flows south of Waukegan and protects the Illinois shoreline from pounding waves has dropped by an estimated 83 percent since the early 1800s, putting the coast at risk for more and more erosion, experts say. Some sand was displaced by the construction of piers and harbors over nearly two centuries. When it... Read More »
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Ancient yet endangered, lake sturgeon stage a comeback
Posted Aug 23, 2015

Older than the Great Lakes and a companion of dinosaurs, the lake sturgeon has been staging a 10-year comeback after 135 million years of existence. In the past century, overfishing and habitat destruction practically wiped the fish from local waters. But a variety of efforts over the past decade has served to raise both the profile and sheer number of the prehistoric fish in Milwaukee, from a September festival celebrating the release of baby sturgeon into Lake Michigan to a new hands-on... Read More »
Peoria Journal Star: Water conservation needed in Illinois, too
Posted Jul 23, 2015

PEORIA — Water — it’s what California doesn’t have. But in central Illinois, we’re blessed with the Illinois River, lifegiving aquifers and a year of record rainfall. With all of that, we can’t take water for granted here in the heartland, said Karen Cotton, spokeswoman for the Illinois American Water Co. “The water crisis isn’t just out west. It will be here in the next 20 years if we aren’t careful,” she said. Over the next 20 to... Read More »
ABC7: Wet Summer Leaves Illinois Farmers Under Water
Posted Jul 13, 2015

WILL COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) --Many Illinois farmers are scrambling to salvage what's left of their crops after their fields flooded in the southwest suburbs.When the planting season starts, the farmer may not know what Mother Nature will bring. But he knows he must buy seed.ABC7's Paul Meincke asks: "And your seed bill is $125,000 a year?""Yeah, yippee ki yay, huh?" said Dave Kestel, a fourth-generation Will County farmer with 1,100 acres of corn and beans. He's been through droughts and excessive... Read More »
The Tennessean: Corps holding back water to prevent flooding in Illinois
Posted Jul 08, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is holding back water and limiting releases at its dams to relieve high-water levels on the lower Ohio and Mississippi rivers where record seasonal flooding is underway. The river stage at Cairo, Illinois, at 11 a.m. Wednesday was 48.69 feet, according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers media release. This falls within the moderate flood stage range, according to the agency. However, with crops planted in the fields this is considered major... Read More »

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