Environment

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A network of volunteers keep watchful eyes on water quality in streams and rivers across Illinois. You'll soon have a chance to join them.

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The Pekin and Hollis school districts now tout some of the state's first electric school buses.

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The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is awarding a $950,000 grant to the City of Peoria through its Illinois Rebuild: Shovel Ready program to help fund rehabilitation of the former Tabor property on the city's South Side.

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Utilities are asking residents to turn down the heat as widespread power outages in Texas and Oklahoma limit natural gas production and shipments to the Midwest. Now, the fallout of the winter storms is having a chilling effect on central Illinois classrooms.

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The City of Peoria officially has a plan to address its combined sewer overflow problem.

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The city of Peoria and U.S. EPA have finally reached a tentative agreement to settle federal allegations that the city's combined sewer overflow violates the federal Clean Water Act.

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After 14 years of negotiations, it appears the City of Peoria and the U.S. EPA have struck a deal on a consent decree outlining a course for the city to correct the combined sewer overflow issues that have long plagued it.

The city council is slated to vote Tuesday on approval of an agreement with the federal regulator over the longstanding problem, wherein raw sewage flows into the Illinois River following heavy rainfall events.

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You can easily see that connection in a passing barge as it chugs along the waterway that connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River and onto the Gulf of Mexico. Many of those barge containers are filled with central Illinois corn.

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The first project funded by the E.D. Edwards Clean Air Act lawsuit settlement is completed.

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Remediation of a contaminated brownfield site will start soon in South Peoria.

Scientists at Peoria's Ag Lab are making strides on developing a new biodegradable plastic.

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Paul Rosenbohm routinely mixes lawn waste, food scraps and pumpkin residue from area farms for the Better Earth compost he markets throughout central Illinois.

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For many years there have been a number of fruitless efforts to remove the invasive Asian carp from the Illinois River. But a renewed sense of excitement exists with an new initiative set to open this summer along the riverbank in East Peoria.

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A new Asian carp operation in East Peoria would allow the "limited" processing and freezing of the invasive fish in an effort to reduce the species' numbers.

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East Peoria is trashing its recycling program effective May 1.

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Sixteen Central Illinois organizations will benefit from an $8.6 million settlement paid out by the owners of the closing E.D. Edwards coal power plant near Bartonville.

The new Illinois Solar For All program is coming to Peoria County.

City of Galesburg

Galesburg wants to see if expanding Lake Storey beyond its current shores makes sense.

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Sportfish in the Illinois River are dying younger.

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The director of Illinois' Sierra Club Chapter says the state's fiscal woes have disproportionately affected the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

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A new report is again sounding the alarm on the impacts of staffing cuts at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Illinois is still two centuries away from hitting towards its goal of planting enough cover crops to make a significant dent in its nutrient pollution problem in waterways. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional director of environmental justice met with community members at Mount Zion Baptist Church last night, after touring pollution sites through out Peoria.

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A snow removal expert says it is important for plow drivers to use the least amount of salt possible on the roadways to limit environmental impacts. 

Mark DeVries was the keynote speaker at the Snow and Ice Workshop in East Peoria for public works employees on Tuesday. He said once salt gets into the water system, it can have some serious impacts.

“So no matter what we’re using, we want to use only what we need in winter maintenance," he said.  

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Data compiled by a non-profit environmental advocacy organization shows different sources of tap water face different challenges in keeping it clean.

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Four Central Illinois coal plants and a southern Illinois coal mine are slated to close by year’s end.

Environmental advocates say the Clean Energy Jobs Act would create new programs to help workers and communities impacted by the coal facility closures. And they say movement on the legislation is needed now. 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said earlier this month he does not expect action on the legislation during this year’s veto session. 

But State Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) says that is unacceptable. 

Illinois Sierra Club

A coalition of environmental groups and the owners of the E.D. Edwards coal-burning power plant have filed a consent decree in federal court that would close the plant by the end of 2022.

The decree was jointly filed in the Central District of Illinois in Peoria on Tuesday. It was first announced by Illinois Power Resources Generating and the environmental groups led by the Natural Resources Defense Council last month. 

City of Peoria

The 19th-century railroad turntable at Peoria’s Riverfront Park may soon go to a new home. 

The Monticello Railway Museum in east-Central Illinois wants to use the historic turntable as part of its functional railroad. 

“We are now looking at developing more comprehensive plans for the Riverfront Park, Bridge to Bridge and beyond. And it just doubled up, like we should make sure this goes into productive use," said Assistant City Manager Deborah Roethler. 

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Nearly 3 billion birds have been lost in North America since 1970. That’s according to a report published last month in Science Magazine. The finding has disturbed bird lovers across the globe.

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Activists from across the world are protesting today in an effort to drive governments to address climate change.

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