Topic: Special Reports

October 20, 2008

NRC Finds EPA Stormwater Program Failing to Protect Waterways

A report released today by the government’s National Research Council says the federal government is failing to protect America’s waterways from pollution caused when heavy rain and snow washes off cities, construction sites and roadways.

The study report is available at:

The NRC press release is at:

February 25, 2004

Testimony of Jean Flemma, Executive Director, Prairie Rivers Network, before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Re: Proposed National Emission Standards for Hazardous Pollutants; and, in the Alternative, Proposed Standards of Performance for New and Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Steam Generating Units; Docket ID No.OAR-2002-0056

February 25, 2004

Thank you for allowing me to testify. My name is Jean Flemma, and I am the Executive Director of Prairie Rivers Network. Prairie Rivers is a statewide river conservation organization that seeks to protect the health and beauty of the rivers and streams of Illinois for the people, fish and wildlife that depend on them to survive. {Continue Reading »}

February 2, 2004

Upper Salt Fork River serves many purposes

by Charles Goodall

(This op-ed ran in the Champaign News Gazette )

Chris Hausman, president of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, in a November 30 Guest Commentary wrote that citizens following the Upper Salt Fork River drainage controversy “come away with very little understanding about the true purpose of the waterway.”

If that is true, his commentary only adds to their confusion. Here’s why: {Continue Reading »}

November 8, 2003

Special Report on the Fox River Released by Watershed Group

The State of the Fox River Report was put together by the Friends of the Fox River, with a supporting article on the state of our Illinois’ rivers by Prairie Rivers Network.

State of Fox River, 2003

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August 21, 2003

Public Perceptions of Water Quality in Illinois by the Illinois Natural History Survey

A statewide public opinion survey was conducted by the Illinois Natural History Survey in the Spring of 2003. This survey guaged the public attitudes towards water quality and rivers, and has a great deal of information on how important water, rivers, recreation, and wildlife are to the citizens of Illinois.

Illinois Natural History Survey Water Report

September 1, 2000

Update: Black Beauty Coal Mine

In July, Prairie Rivers Network alerted you to plans by Black Beauty Coal to open an underground mine along the Little Vermilion River near Georgetown. Here’s an update on activities surrounding the mine and steps you can take to help protect the river. {Continue Reading »}