Oswego Patch: Volunteers Needed for Fox River CleanupPosted Jul 08, 2014
The Village of Oswego’s Environmentally Conscious Oswego (ECO) Committee plans a clean-up along the banks of the Fox River on Saturday, Aug. 9. ECO is currently seeking volunteers to help clean up the Oswego riverfront, collect trash out of the river and off the shorelines, recycle it or dispose of it properly.
The clean-up will take place along the Fox River, starting at Violet Patch Park, downstream to Hudson Crossing Park, including the confluence of Waubonsie Creek and the Fox... Read More »
Progress Illinois Report: 10 Percent Of Illinois Beach Water Samples Have Unsafe Bacteria LevelsPosted Jul 02, 2014
Hitting the beach this Fourth of July holiday?
A recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) suggests that swimmers take precautions to avoid getting sick from beach water that might be contaminated.
The NRDC's annual "Testing the Waters" report showed that 10 percent of water samples taken last year from 49 monitored Illinois coastal beaches and beach segments — all located in Cook and Lake counties — tested positive for high... Read More »
Illinois Could Be First State To Ban MicrobeadsPosted Apr 17, 2014
The tiny plastic particles found in many facial cleansers and soaps promise a gentle scrubbing and luxuriously smooth skin.
But those little beads of grit are also piling up in waterways, where they can suck up toxins and harm wildlife, environmentalists say. Because of those concerns, Illinois is one of several states considering legislation to force manufacturers to drop products that use the particles, called microbeads.
A measure advancing through the General Assembly in Springfield this... Read More »
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