Topic: Events

April 27, 2014

Run for Your Rivers at the Illinois Marathon a Big Success!

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Congratulations to Our Team!

Our team members ran and/or walked for a total of 45 hours and 244 miles to raise $7,885!

First Presbyterian Church of Urbana
David Bullock 0:54:34 10K
Henry Goldsmith 0:20:55 5K
Don Greeley 10K
Elizabeth Greeley 0:51:17 5K
Dixie Jackson 0:44:10 5K
GaryJ ackson 0:45:48 5K
David Kay 5K
Marilyn Kay 1:04:41 5K
Alex Nelson 5K
David Sherwood 2:14:24 1/2 marathon
William Smith 5K
Case Sprenkle 1:43:52 10K
Don Wendel 10K
Lady River Walkers
Ellyn Bullock 1:51:52 10K
Jane Freyfogle 1:51:55 10K
Anne Phillips 1:51:55 10K
UIUC Hydro-Team
Allison Goodwell 3:42:55 marathon relay
Paul Noel 3:42:55 marathon relay
Andrew Rehn 3:42:55 marathon relay
Sean Britt 3:42:55 marathon relay
Tatiana Garcia 0:39:46 5K
Lauren Logan 0:47:33 5K
Fernanda Maciel 0:57:55 10K
Patrick MacKay 0:54:36 5K
Viviana Morales 3:46:52 marathon
Individual Team Members
MagdalenaCasper-Shipp 0:26:01 5K
MagdalenaCasper-Shipp 5:04:19 marathon
DavidDelaney 1:50:41 1/2 marathon
RobKanter 4:15:31 marathon
GenevieveLong 2:18:18 1/2 marathon
VickieNudelman 0:42:40 5K
VickieNudelman 1:21:22 10K
BethSatterthwaite 1:58:57 1/2 marathon
KeithSchinkoeth 1:50:07 1/2 marathon

Thank you to our 2014 Business Sponsors

Please support business that help protect our rivers and streams.

UpClose Marketing and Printing Champaign Telephone Company

 2013 Run for Your Rivers

2012 Run for Your Rivers

January 23, 2014

Our Beef with the Livestock Industry: An Evening to Inspire Change

Factory farms house thousands of animals and can generate as much waste as a small city – waste that too often ends up in our rivers and lakes.

Join Prairie Rivers Network and our partners to learn more about how factory farms are affecting Illinois’ environment and rural communities. Get involved to find solutions!

Cost: Free! Appetizers and one drink ticket will be provided

When: Tuesday, February 11, 6-7:30pm

Where: Sopraffina Marketcaffe, 10 N Dearborn, Chicago, IL

Registration is required and space is limited.

Sponsored by: Prairie Rivers Network, Environment Illinois, Food & Water Watch, and Illinois Environmental Council

Contact Stacy James (217.344.2371 x 203 or sjames [at] with questions.

January 21, 2014

Concerned about proposed Bulldog mine, area residents pack the room to learn more

Over two dozen concerned residents from Allerton, Broadlands, Catlin, Champaign/Urbana, Homer, Longview, Ogden, Sidell and St. Joseph met on January 8th in Homer to discuss Sunrise Coal’s proposed coal mine in Vermilion County. Folks that have opposed this project since the beginning, including members of Stand Up to Coal (SUTC), joined with new faces to learn more about the status of this proposed project, what is at stake if this proposed mine moves forward, and what opportunities still exist to keep the community’s resources intact.

Using a detailed map that will soon be available on the Stand Up to Coal website, Sue Smith of rural Homer acquainted attendees with the boundaries of the proposed mine site and the water resources and tiled farmland that could be affected. Rural residences and nearby schools will be vulnerable to coal dust pollution, and the mine will have a large impact on local communities, given that water will need to be piped from Georgetown and a railroad spur built to transport the coal.

Keith Rohl, longtime community resident and farmer, explained the holes in the mining company’s acquisitions to date and the importance of holding on to mineral and surface rights to protect the area. Residents also learned that many landowners who leased mineral rights also leased their coal bed methane rights, but without a contract for compensation. Traci Barkley from Prairie Rivers Network shared that many pieces are still needed for the mine company to proceed, including additional mineral and surface rights, easements to pipe the water supply from Georgetown, a railroad spur, and at least two permits from regulatory agencies. To date, Sunrise Coal has only applied for one permit and that application is not yet complete. This application must be completed before state regulators can start the formal review process.  {Continue Reading »}

January 17, 2014

Run for Your Rivers at the Illinois Marathon April 25-26

Prairie Rivers Network is raising money through the Illinois Marathon, and we need your help.


Take a beautiful, scenic tour of revitalized Champaign-Urbana downtown streets, tree-lined residential neighborhoods and awesome, paved park trails while thousands of friendly, fun fans and volunteers cheer you on.

Race options include 5K or 10K walk/run; and half, relay, full marathon

How do you raise money?

You ask your family, friends, and co-workers to make a donation to your charity run for clean water and healthy rivers.

We know that asking for money may seem icky, but if you don’t speak up for the environment, then who will?

How do you sign up?

  1. Sign up to join our team here:
  2. We will send you a discount code to use to register for your race at the Illinois Marathon.
That’s it. It’s easy. It’s fun. And you will feel great knowing that you are making a difference.

Can a group sign up?

Absolutely! This is a really fun option. Grab a couple of co-workers, book club friends, church members, or neighbors and sign up as a group.

Want to learn more?

Visit or email vnudelman [at]

January 8, 2014

Prairie Rivers Network to offer Environmental Lobby Training Workshop January 25

Prairie Rivers Network invites members to attend our Environmental Lobby Training workshop and join our River Action Team. We are developing the River Action Team because there are times when we need our members to convey important policy messages to decision makers. In order to fortify our Team and make our members comfortable with responding to our action alerts, this workshop will show how to effectively communicate environmental policy messages to decision makers.

Team members will be placed on our River Action Team communications list and receive action alerts several times a year. If you elect to be on the Team, we ask that you make a commitment to doing your best to respond to these calls-to-action. Rest assured, we do not want to wear you out. We will be reserving these action alerts for our most critical issues where public input can make a difference. If you are interested in learning more, we invite you to our first training session, Saturday, January 25. We hope to see you there!

When: Saturday, January 25, 10am-noon, with free lunch provided at noon

Where: Champaign Public Library, Robeson C

Workshop Agenda:

  1. Welcome and training goals
  2. State legislation – State Representative Naomi Jakobsson
  3. Local government – Champaign City Councilwoman Deborah Feinen
  4. Closing message
  5. Lunch

Click here to register (RSVP required and open to the first 35 people).

November 11, 2013

Art Shows to Benefit Prairie Rivers Network

Two exciting art shows and sales will benefit Prairie Rivers Network in November and December.

Kim Curtis paintingAs part of the Art @ the Y series, painter Kim Curtis will showcase works from her series Thirtyseven, which documents the fascinating wetland area along the San Francisco Bay area’s highway 37.  View these paintings and other works on her website. Please come to the opening reception to chat with the artist and meet Glynnis Collins, Prairie Rivers Network’s director.

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7-9 pm

7:30pm: Discussion between the artist and Glynnis Collins, Executive Director of Prairie Rivers Network

Location: Murphy Gallery at the University YMCA, University of Illinois campus,1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL

The show will run until January 19, 2014. Ten percent of all sales will go to Prairie Rivers Network.

Read more about Kim Curtis and the Art @ the Y show here.

In the News:

Kim Curtis in collaboration with Prairie Rivers Network (pdf)(Smile Politely) 11/6/2013

Y exhibit a collaboration between artist, Prairie Rivers Network (pdf) (News Gazette) 11/10/2013

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Rick Larimore, Prairie Rivers Network member, will hold  a show and sale of his wood sculptures in December.  Rick has worked in painting and epoxy sculpture, but now focuses on wood sculpture.  See his beautiful sculptures at his website. Much of the wood he sculpts comes from the natural areas and woodlands he manages along the Salt Fork River.  Again, ten percent of all sales will benefit Prairie Rivers Network.

Wood Sculpture Show and Sale: December 8-10, 2013

Location: Urbana Civic Center, 108 Water Street, Urbana, IL

Opening Reception: Sunday, December 8, 2013, 3-8 pm

Music by Celia and the Johnny Bolts. Catering by Piato.