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.

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 nation’s most vulnerable streams and wetlands that in turn [...]

Say NO MORE to mercury pollution in the Ohio River!

The Ohio River is the public water supply for 5 million homes from Pittsburgh, PA to Cairo, IL, and is home to over 150 species of fish. It shouldn’t be a private waste dump for big business. But for ten years now, dozens of coal fired power plants and factories up and down the Ohio [...]

Sidney train leak incident part of a growing and concerning national problem

The latest train incident causing a spill of petroleum products into an Illinois waterway happened in the small village of Sidney. Last Saturday, Sidney residents smelled diesel fuel and then saw it in the creek that drains into the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River in eastern Champaign County. The source was a Union Pacific train that [...]