PRN Blog

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 ways PRN continues to build a network of stewards across Illinois, working together to protect our precious natural places, rivers, water, and wildlife. Our Network is YOU [...]

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 Urbana’s Crystal Lake Park. Another six participants without waterproof gear watched from the riverbank. We were participating in a RiverWatch training session, becoming citizen scientists [...]

Farmer Baker Brewer Summit highlights local grains

It sounds like the setup to a joke, but earlier this month 50 farmers, bakers, brewers and distillers all walked into an historic Alton bakery (now the Old Bakery Beer Company) to talk about something they all have in common – grain – and how they can use and source more local and specialty grains [...]


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 festival held in Nevada City, CA, now in its 15th year! The festival focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of [...]

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 and wildlife, the Obama Administration issued a decision making it nearly impossible for the Army Corps of Engineers to build the New Madrid Levee.  We’ve [...]

Press Release: Un-Mucking Illinois’ Waterways: Court Settlement Should Reduce Algae Pollution in Rivers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contacts: Kim Knowles, Prairie Rivers Network, 217-344-2371 x209 Cindy Skrukrud, Illinois Sierra Club, 815-353-5123 Judith Nemes, ELPC, (312) 795-3706 Ivan Moreno, NRDC, 312-651-7909 Margaret Frisbie, Friends of the Chicago River, (773)316 6473 Un-Mucking Illinois’ Waterways: Court Settlement Should Reduce Algae Pollution in Rivers CHICAGO (January 19, 2017) – Environmental groups have settled long-running litigation against [...]