2011 Accomplishments

For almost 45 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 continued support of our members and dedicated, passionate conservationists throughout Illinois.

Making a Difference for Illinois Rivers in 2011:

  1. “Traditions” mega-dairy denied permit to fill in stream to make manure storage pond.
  2. Industry coal mine is being held accountable for over 300 Clean Water Act violations.
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  3. Wasteful spending on unnecessary expansion of harmful Upper Mississippi River navigation structures blocked.
  4. 30 million gallons of polluted water no longer destined for Coffeen Lake; new coal ash pond at Coffeen Power Station will use state-of-the-art pollution controls.
  5. Deer Run and Sugar Camp coal mines required to reduce water pollution & demonstrate new pollution control measures that will set the bar higher for other mines.
  6. Voters make a difference! After hearing from our members:
    • Reps. Dold and Biggert changed votes to support EPA efforts to protect air & water from mercury pollution; and
    • Rep. Johnson voted to support EPA’s role protecting clean water.
  7. South Sangamon Water Commission’s new drinking water plant will reduce pollution to the Sangamon River and protect onsite wetlands.
  8. New habitat conservation plan for Vermilion River will improve riverside habitat.
  9. New rules will finally protect users of the Chicago River from bacteria and viruses in sewage.
  10. Growing support for restoring the natural divide between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins to prevent the transfer of invasive Asian carp and other harmful plants and animals.
  11. Village of Sycamore Sewage Treatment Plant will reduce nutrient pollution to Kishwaukee River.