Water Watch

For nearly two decades, PRN has worked to prevent the pollution and degradation of Illinois' rivers. Water Resources Scientist, Traci Barkley, and Water Resources Specialist, Kim Knowles, review permit applications for wastewater discharges from municipal, mining and industrial practices that have the potential to harm Illinois waterways. Here is an update on some of their latest work: Summary: [...]

PRN testified for Drummer Creek on March 16, 2009

Drummer Creek, Ford County PRN staff testified on March 16th, 2009 at a public hearing for the One Earth Energy ethanol plant in Gibson City, Illinois. Our comments requested that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) issue a water permit that is truly protective of the diverse and sensitive species found in Drummer Creek. In [...]

Help Protect Drummer Creek

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is proposing to permit One Earth Energy, a new ethanol plant, to discharge wastewater into Drummer Creek, a biologically significant stream in Ford County. A public hearing will be held on March 16th in Gibson City. Attend the hearing. Protect clean water. This permit does not ensure that the water [...]

About Ethanol Effects on Water Quality and Quantity

For years, ethanol has been touted as a “cleaner fuel alternative” with little discussion regarding growing environmental concerns related to increased acreage production, questionable comparable fuel efficiency, production impacts to air and water and a major change in infrastructure. While there are no easy answers to the ethanol dilemma, Prairie Rivers Network is focusing on [...]