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Pesticide Use and the Threat to Our Living Systems

July 26, 2017 | Blog Post
Here in Illinois we have heard from many of you that have seen the tell-tale effects of growth regulator herbicides (like Dicamba and...

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Armadillos, Illinois’ Armored Invader

July 19, 2017 | Blog Post
Adorable as armadillos might be (and let’s be honest, they are a whole lot more darling than another Illinois invader: Asian carp), they...

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Asian carp found just 9 miles from Lake Michigan

June 23, 2017 | Press Release
A live Asian carp was found only 9 miles from Lake Michigan, well beyond the electric barrier that serves as the only line...

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Bill Seeks to End White House Delays in Combating Asian Carp Invasion

June 21, 2017 | Press Release
A bipartisan bill introduced today in Congress would push the Trump Administration to stop delaying a key effort to stop the Asian carp...

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Dynegy Claims the Mysterious Middle Fork Discharge

June 21, 2017 | Blog Post
Dynegy now states that they released an estimated 12 million gallons of water over the spillway of their cooling lake dam on April...

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Monticello Mayor Larry Stoner Signs Monarch Pledge

May 30, 2017 | Press Release
Monticello Mayor Larry Stoner will sign the National Wildlife Federation Mayors’ Monarch Pledge today at the Monarch Brewing Company in Monticello.

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Dynegy, covering its own ash, plans to leave huge dumps across Illinois

May 16, 2017 | Blog Post
Dynegy plans to leave a legacy of waste in our state. Dynegy is a Texas-based energy production company that owns 11 coal-fired power...

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A Middle Fork Mystery With No Dam Solution

May 8, 2017 | Blog Post
Two weeks ago, we posted a story about a mysterious discharge on the Middle Fork brought to our attention by some canoers. Following...

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PRN to Join Groups Suing to Block Trump Rollback of Safeguards

May 3, 2017 | Press Release
A coalition of environmental and public health advocates filed suit today to challenge a Trump administration rollback that could wipe out critical protections...

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Run/Walk for Clean Water Raises $7,990

A big thank you to our Clean Water Fundraising Team that raised $7,790 and ran/walked 114.40 miles in 20 hours, 36 minutes, and 24 seconds during the 2017 Illinois Marathon...

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A Mysterious Discharge on the Middle Fork

April 27, 2017 | Blog Post
University and middle school students were canoeing on the Middle Fork this week on an educational field trip when they noticed something that...

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A Day at Allerton

April 17, 2017 | Blog Post
Western chorus frogs, a red-tailed hawk, blue-grey gnatcatchers, and a common garter snake. There was a tufted titmouse, a towhee, and a red-headed...

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Widespread Dicamba Herbicide Use Threatens Midwest Crops and Habitat

April 7, 2017 | Blog Post
The use of dicamba herbicide will be greatly expanded in the Midwest this year with the planting of dicamba resistant soybeans on millions...

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RiverWatch trainees get their feet wet learning to identify aquatic bugs

March 19, 2017 | Blog Post
Last Saturday, RiverWatch trainer Matt Young and five brave river citizens (including myself), wearing questionably waterproof boots, waded into the chilly March waters...

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Farmer Baker Brewer Summit highlights local grains

A farmer, a baker, a brewer, and a distiller walk into an old bakery… It sounds like the setup to a joke, but earlier this month 50 farmers, bakers, brewers...

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WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL

Prairie Rivers Network is excited to bring one of the largest environmental film festivals to Illinois. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual...

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More than 50,000 Acres of Wetlands Protected from Destructive Project

Prairie Rivers Network and Partners Stop the New Madrid Levee By Kim Knowles Great news regarding the New Madrid levee project! In a valiant final act to protect both people...

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Environmental Groups and MWRD Agree on Plan to Clean up Chicago Waterways

Prairie Rivers Network and Partners Settle Lawsuits against Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago By Kim Knowles In a win for Chicago’s rivers, Prairie Rivers Network, Illinois Sierra Club...

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Join us in Celebrating PRN’s 50th Anniversary

We will celebrate our past, present and future with many activities throughout 2017. We hope you will join us and bring a friend so they can learn about the many...

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ILLINOIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS & DAYCARES MUST TEST WATER FOR LEAD

Illinois Legislature Passes Bill Initiated by Environmental Groups When the drinking water crisis and scandal in Flint, Michigan was exposed last winter, environmental groups in Illinois decided we needed to...

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Drinking Water in Illinois and the Dakota Access Pipeline

November 21, 2016 | Blog Post
We’re gambling with the drinking water of the people of Illinois. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a partially constructed pipeline, over a thousand...

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Open dumping of coal ash waste called “beneficial use”

July 25, 2016 | Blog Post
An investigation to determine if coal ash used near Kickapoo State Park has contaminated a lake reveals why the current regulations for beneficial...

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