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A Mysterious Discharge on the Middle Fork

University and middle school students were canoeing on the Middle Fork this week on an educational field trip when they noticed something that seemed out of place. One of the...

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A Day at Allerton

By Jeff Kohmstedt 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 woodpecker. These are just...

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Flower and bee

Widespread Dicamba Herbicide Use Threatens Midwest Crops and Habitat

The use of dicamba herbicide will be greatly expanded in the Midwest this year with the planting of dicamba resistant soybeans on millions of acres. Dicamba has been registered for...

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RiverWatch trainees get their feet wet learning to identify aquatic bugs

By Andrew Rehn Last Saturday, RiverWatch trainer Matt Young and five brave river citizens (including myself), wearing questionably waterproof boots, waded into the chilly March waters of the Saline Branch in...

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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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2016 Accomplishments & Annual Report

For 50 years, Prairie Rivers Network has been working to foster a healthy environment, healthy people, and healthy communities. We have accomplished a lot in those years thanks to the...

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Over one hundred new reports released on Illinois’ coal ash: What have we learned?

We are finally seeing the results of many years of rulemaking on the problem of coal ash. Following the 2008 TVA Kingston disaster that spilled a billion gallons of coal...

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WIIN passes, and the future of coal ash is unclear.

Regulation of Illinois’ coal ash may now fall solely in Illinois EPA’s hands. This weekend, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN) passed the U.S. House and Senate,...

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Clean Energy Jobs for Illinois!

Thanks to all our supporters who called Senator Bennett in support of this bill. On Wednesday December 7th, Governor Rauner signed the Future Energy Jobs Bill. The bill is an...

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Army Corps Decision Halts Dakota Access Pipeline Over Tribal Lands!

Today we celebrate an important victory for the ancestral lands and water rights of the Standing Rock Sioux. By refusing to grant an easement that would have allowed Energy Transfer...

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Drinking Water in Illinois and the Dakota Access Pipeline

We’re gambling with the drinking water of the people of Illinois. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a partially constructed pipeline, over a thousand miles long and two and a half...

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Annual Dinner 2016 Round Up

The Prairie Rivers Network staff and board of directors had a wonderful evening visiting with our members and friends at our Annual Dinner on October 21, 2016 Pictures from the Annual...

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Prairie Rivers Network 2016 Award Winners

Prairie Rivers Network (PRN) will honor Bruce Colravy, Steve Stierwalt, and a group of dedicated citizens from Southern Illinois for their work in protecting and promoting the health of Illinois...

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Summit Addresses Need for Illinois Monarch Butterfly Plan

Each autumn, eastern monarch butterflies return to Illinois, dotting harvest-ready fields and cornflower blue skies with their iconic, graceful orange and black as they make their long journey back to...

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National Park Service encourages removal of Dynegy’s coal ash from Vermilion River floodplain

The Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, one of Vermilion County’s beautiful and best natural resources, is under constant threat from coal ash. Dynegy’s enormous coal ash ponds sit perched...

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Tell Congress to Protect America’s Wildlife

Today we face a new conservation crisis as emerging diseases, invasive species, and extreme weather threaten wildlife at a scale inconceivable just a few decades ago. Thousands of species of...

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Open dumping of coal ash waste called “beneficial use”

An investigation to determine if coal ash used near Kickapoo State Park has contaminated a lake reveals why the current regulations for beneficial use of coal ash are broken and...

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Save the Monarch Butterfly

Eastern Monarch butterflies are beautiful creatures and important pollinators, but they are in trouble because their populations have plummeted by 90% due to the loss of habitat. If the Monarch...

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Illinois’ advocate for clean
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!