• Illinois Can't Wait

    Rivers and streams, people and communities, water and wildlife, and the soil of our land should all be protected for generations to come. Because Illinois can’t wait.


Sowing the Seeds for Pollinator Habitat

January 17, 2018 | Blog Post
“The Journey started when I decided to become an Organic farm," Steve Buxton said about his Two Mile Creek Organic Farm in Sullivan,...

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Farm Bill 2018: Will We or Won’t We?

January 16, 2018 | Blog Post
2018 is slated to be the year we get a new Farm Bill, but whether we do or not depends largely on the...

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Save our Air (and Water)!

January 10, 2018 | Blog Post
Two public hearings are scheduled before the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) to discuss proposed rule-change.

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EPA Region 5’s New Director

January 3, 2018 | Blog Post
The incoming head of the Region 5 of the EPA is no friend of the environment.

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Top 5 Habitat/Floodplain/Wildlife Happenings of 2017

December 27, 2017 | Blog Post
As we put a bow on 2017, here are the top 5 headlines from 2017 about Illinois habitat, floodplains, and wildlife.

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Collaborative GeoDesign

December 22, 2017 | Blog Post
PRN and the IDEA Farm Network hosted speaker Dr. Nicholas Jordan from the University of Minnesota to discuss collaborative geodesign and agricultural land...

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5 Illinois Solar Projects That Made Headlines in 2017

December 13, 2017 | Blog Post
As we come to the year’s end, let’s take a look at some of the exciting Illinois solar developments that made headlines in...

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We’re On the Move!

December 11, 2017 | Blog Post
We are excited to announce that PRN will be moving to a new office location on December 11th!

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Prairie River Notes – Winter 2017 Newsletter

December 6, 2017 | Newsletter
Read Prairie Rivers Network’s Winter 2017 newsletter featuring articles on Our Food Choices Can Protect Water and Wildlife, Carol's Currents, I Run for PRN, and...

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Dynegy – Two Bailouts and a Buyout

November 30, 2017 | Blog Post
In Illinois, the public will have to pay if it wants to keep coal plants burning.

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#GivingTuesday: A Day to Give!

November 28, 2017 | Blog Post
This is your brain on drugs. Where's the beef? Just do it. Fancy marketing campaigns. Hashtags. Catchy slogans. Those are all fine, but...

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PRN, Sierra Club to Sue Pekin Ethanol Plant

November 28, 2017 | Press Release
PRN and the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter have informed Pacific Ethanol Pekin, Inc. and Aventine Renewable Energy, Inc. that they intend to sue...

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#GivingTuesday: You!

November 21, 2017 | Blog Post
You, the members and supporters of Prairie Rivers Network, make a difference.

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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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Coal Industry Writes the Rules at the Expense of 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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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!