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The Future of Energy

September 8, 2017 | Blog Post
Ten years ago, Illinois developed a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that set a goal for Illinois investor-owned utilities to obtain 25% of their...

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Waterway Cleanup

Illinois Students Take Action to Cleanup State’s Waterways

August 30, 2017 | Press Release
Schools across the state will be involved in the first annual Illinois Waterway Cleanup Week September 10 - 16, 2017. This opportunity, officially...

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Necropsy Shows New Corps Plan May Not be Enough to Stop Asian Carp

August 18, 2017 | Press Release
A necropsy of the Asian carp caught nine miles from Lake Michigan in June has revealed that the fish originated below the electric...

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Prairie River Notes – Summer 2017 Newsletter

August 11, 2017 | Newsletter
Read Prairie Rivers Network’s Summer 2017 newsletter featuring articles on the Mysterious Flow on the Middle Fork and more.

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Defending the ELG rule in DC

August 10, 2017 | Blog Post
The steam electric power plant sector, which includes coal power plants, has a larger waste stream than all other industries combined. Until 2015,...

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Brandon Road Tentatively Selected Plan

Brandon Road Draft Integrated Feasibility Study Released

August 8, 2017 | Press Release
The Army Corps of Engineers released the Brandon Road Draft Integrated Feasibility Study yesterday, and Prairie Rivers Network (PRN) applauds the release of...

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Power Lines

Make Ameren Live Up to the Future Energy Jobs Act

August 4, 2017 | Action Alert
Take Action Now! Ameren has asked the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to break the Future Energy Jobs Act agreement and fall short of...

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Jaci Davis

IDEA Farm Network: Jaci Davis

August 3, 2017 | Blog Post
PRN is working with individuals, researchers, NGO’s, local businesses, and farmers throughout Illinois who want to improve the way farming is done.

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PRN CALLS ON ILLINOIS AG AND FOOD COMPANIES TO BE GOOD STEWARDS

August 2, 2017 | Press Release
PRN calls on our Illinois-based food and agriculture companies to help the state reduce agricultural runoff and soil loss, which contribute to the...

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Brandon Road Study Released August 7th

August 1, 2017 | Blog Post
Thank you to everyone who recently responded to the Action Alert on Asian carp. It mattered!

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Help Protect Our Drinking Water

July 31, 2017 | Action Alert
In 2015, the Obama Administration gave us the Clean Water Rule, a common sense rule that protects the streams and wetlands that provide...

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Leaf curl

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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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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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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water and healthy rivers.

Working to reduce water pollution, protect natural flowing rivers and restore wildlife habitat
while helping people and communities safeguard their vital water resources.


The Chicago River has been used, abused, mismanaged, and manhandled for over a century. Through song, our friend Pete Leki asks the question,"How do we get our river back?" Prairie Rivers Network strives to restore rivers and streams throughout Illinois, even the most damaged ones. Join us in getting our rivers back!