Big Price – Little Benefit for expanded locks on the Mississippi River

Yesterday, Prairie Rivers Network and our partners in the Nicollet Island Coalition released a report condemning proposed expansion of 7 of the 29 locks that aid navigation along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers got Congressional authorization in 2007 to double the size of the locks, at a potential [...]

NWF: Global Warming Bringing More Extreme Heat Waves

Chicago ranks 14th of the top 30 cities that are at high heat risk The National Wildlife Federation, NWF, recently posted a report titled "Global Warming Bringing More Extreme Heat Waves." The report details how: Global warming will bring more extreme heat waves Urban air pollution could be exacerbated by more extreme heat Heat waves [...]

NRC Finds EPA Stormwater Program Failing to Protect Waterways

A report released today by the government's National Research Council says the federal government is failing to protect America's waterways from pollution caused when heavy rain and snow washes off cities, construction sites and roadways. The study report is available at: The NRC press release is at:

Testimony of Jean Flemma, Executive Director, Prairie Rivers Network, before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Re: Proposed National Emission Standards for Hazardous Pollutants; and, in the Alternative, Proposed Standards of Performance for New and Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Steam Generating Units; Docket ID No.OAR-2002-0056 February 25, 2004 Thank you for allowing me to testify. My name is Jean Flemma, and I am the Executive Director of Prairie Rivers Network. [...]

Upper Salt Fork River serves many purposes

by Charles Goodall (This op-ed ran in the Champaign News Gazette ) Chris Hausman, president of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, in a November 30 Guest Commentary wrote that citizens following the Upper Salt Fork River drainage controversy "come away with very little understanding about the true purpose of the waterway." If that is true, [...]