Funding Crisis for Illinois’ Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Due to Illinois’ budget impasse, the future of Illinois' Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and their equally important partners in the Illinois Department of Agriculture is in jeopardy. Illinois has some of the richest and most productive soils in the world along with abundant fresh water, yet instead of investing in the long term foundation of our state’s [...]

State Strategy Falls Flat as Overload of Nutrients Harms Illinois Waters

CHAMPAIGN, IL — Yesterday’s release of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture importantly recognizes one of the state’s most serious water pollution problems: Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution from farms and sewage treatment plants harming Illinois waters and contributing to the dead zone in the Gulf of [...]

From Toledo to the Gulf, Inaction Leaves Water Polluted

Just days after half a million Toledo residents were advised their water was too toxic to drink or bathe in (New York Times story), scientists released the annual measurement of the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone, and the findings are grim (CNN Dead Zone story). This year’s Dead Zone is estimated at 5,000 square miles—an area [...]

Court Ruling Forces EPA Action on Mississippi River Pollution

Action would also fight harmful algae blooms in Illinois lakes and rivers The U.S. District Court in Eastern Louisiana ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to decide within 180 days whether it will require new limits on the nutrient pollution that is causing the growth of dangerous algae   in the waters of Illinois and the [...]

PBS to Air “Troubled Waters” Tonight

A big thank you to WILL-TV for broadcasting the documentary Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story. This one-hour program airs at 9pm on Monday, August 5. Troubled Waters tells the story of the unintended consequences of farming on the health of the Mississippi River. Fertilizers and pesticides leave farm fields during storms and make their way [...]