Illinois seeks to weaken floodplain rules

November 15, 2017 | Blog Post
In a time when river flooding has become more frequent and intense, it does not make sense to weaken the very protections that...

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#GivingTuesday: The Network

November 14, 2017 | Blog Post
Seth Brady and Randy Smith are two high school teachers from Naperville who might not have set out to change Illinois, but that’s...

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Updates to the Mahomet Aquifer Gas Leak

November 13, 2017 | Blog Post
Looking for an update on the Mahomet Aquifer gas leak? PRN Water Resources Engineer Andrew Rehn has you covered.

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PRN Calls on Governor Rauner to Stay in Paris Climate Agreement

November 8, 2017 | Press Release
PRN delivered petitions to Governor Bruce Rauner calling on him to sign the “We Are Still In” declaration committing the State of Illinois...

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November 7, 2017 | Blog Post
In a rare case of bipartisanship, the RECLAIM Act (H.R. 1731) was reported out of the House Natural Resources committee last month. Illinois...

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#GivingTuesday: The Wildlife

November 7, 2017 | Blog Post
The health of a species depends on healthy water, and there is no clearer example of this than the river otter.

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#GivingTuesday: The Water

October 31, 2017 | Blog Post
The water flows across our land in measured, winding turns. It meanders through dense forest of oak, maple, and walnut trees. It has...

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Many Questions Remain about Mahomet Aquifer Gas Leak

October 19, 2017 | Blog Post
A natural gas leak has contaminated the Mahomet Aquifer, appearing in the drinking water of at least five homes in a rural community...

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Annual Dinner 2017 Round Up

October 18, 2017 | Blog Post
This year's 50th Anniversary Dinner Gala was an evening to remember, and it was our members that made it such an amazing event!

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October 13, 2017 | Press Release
PRN will award Bradley University student Katelyn Edwards with a Purchase Prize for her photographic art in a joint Society for Photographic Education...

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In Rauner’s EPA, the coal industry writes the rules at the expense of Illinois water and wildlife

October 12, 2017 | Blog Post
A recent Chicago Tribune article reported that as Governor Rauner moves to “rescue” coal plant operator Dynegy, pollution could increase.

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50th Anniversary Dinner Gala Slideshow

October 10, 2017 | Blog Post
Thanks to the many PRN members who sent in photos for this year's annual dinner slideshow!

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October 6, 2017 | Press Release
Prairie Rivers Network (PRN) will honor three Champaign-Urbana area members as Volunteers of the Year and two Naperville teachers with River Steward Awards...

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Powerlines at Sunset

ICC Says, “Sorry, Ameren Customers… No Energy Efficiency for You”

September 28, 2017 | Blog Post
Ameren customers downstate will miss out on energy efficiency opportunities thanks to a plan approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) this month....

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Dallman Coal Power Plant


September 27, 2017 | Press Release
PRN with the Springfield Branch of the NAACP and the Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club announced a joint filing of a...

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Solar panels and the sky

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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Leaf curl

Herbicide Damage Hurts More Than Just Crops

September 1, 2017 | Press Release
The farm media have widely covered dicamba herbicide damage in soybean fields across the Midwest this summer.  However, reports of off-target herbicide damage...

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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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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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