A Middle Fork Mystery With No Dam Solution

May 8, 2017 | Blog Post
Two weeks ago, we posted a story about a mysterious discharge on the Middle Fork brought to our attention by some canoers. Following that story, some hikers reached out to PRN to corroborate the report. They were hiking in the area that day and noticed the same tributary flowing extremely fast and milky white. They followed the tributary upstream to a junction where two smaller tributaries meet to form the one that flows into the Middle Fork. The tributary to the east flowed fast and full of sediment while the tributary to the west was just a trickle.

A Mysterious Discharge on the Middle Fork

April 27, 2017 | Blog Post
University and middle school students were canoeing on the Middle Fork this week on an educational field trip when they noticed something that seemed out of place. One of the small tributaries to the Middle Fork was flowing faster than any of the canoers had seen before, and it was flowing thick with milky white sediment. Upstream of this tributary, the water was perfectly clear, but downstream, the entire Middle Fork was cloudy and opaque.


Solidarity with #NoDAPL

Prairie Rivers Network appreciates being invited to speak at the Native-organized Solidarity with Standing Rock Protectors in Champaign-Urbana! event held last Friday. The event had great turn-out and was inspiring. For those who missed it, here is a transcript of our statements at the event: “Prairie Rivers Network is Illinois’ advocate for clean water and […]

Prairie Rivers Network & Partners Score Legal Victory for Clean Water

Illinois Appellate Court Agrees MWRD Waste Water Permits are Illegal By Kim Knowles In a much-welcomed decision, the Illinois Appellate Court handed clean water advocates a victory by declaring that three very significant waste water permits do not comply with the Illinois Environmental Protection Act. The three permits under challenge were issued to the Metropolitan […]

Ding Dong. The-Witch-is-Dead.

Clean Water Rule saved from wicked attacks in Congress. Today marks a very important victory in our battle to save EPA’s Clean Water Rule from a phalanx in Congress intent on destroying the rule by any legislative-means necessary. Opponents in Congress failed three times to stop a rule that will provide critical protection to our […]