Environment

City, county pursuing Brownfields grant

The City of Monticello and Piatt County will be partnering with Champaign and Douglas counties in an effort to receive a Brownfields Assessment Grant.  The Brownfields program is administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and provides funding for the assessment and cleanup of sites with potentially hazardous materials in an effort to improve economic


Aquifer summit held in Monticello

When former Champaign City Manager Steve Carter heard owners of the Clinton Landfill wanted to store PCB’s above the Mahomet Aquifer, he thought “this is one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen in my life.”


Mahomet Aquifer Summit in Monticello Oct. 18

 

The Mahomet Aquifer Protection Alliance will present a Piatt County Mahomet Aquifer Summit from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in the Ballroom of the Monticello Community Building (Allerton Library). It is free and open to the public, with registration starting at 9 a.m.


Getting reaquainted with the Pioneer Land Trail

There’s plenty of history in Piatt County. It also has its share of legend, and a local group is doing its best to differentiate between the two.


Go online and learn about fall foliage!

Ron Wolford
U of I Extension Advisor


County hopes cooperative effort can clean up Milmine property

Piatt County Board members were sympathetic Wednesday to the plight of a Milmine resident who lives next to abandoned property, but warned that help may not be immediate due to a complex array of legal, financial and jurisdictional issues.


County Board kicks in more for landfill battle

The Piatt County Board has decided to kick in another $178 to help fight the possibility of a chemical waste landfill at the Clinton landfill.


Away from technology and on to Nature Camp

Allerton Park's Nature Camp last week was designed to be a low-tech endeavor. Volunteer Coordinator Mindy Brand said staff purposely wanted the week to include fun "without computers, without phones, without a screen."

With one notable exception.


Special meal to close out Garden Walk

The annual Garden Walk will commence in Monticello on Saturday, June 15 “rain or shine,” Chamber of Commerce director Sue Gortner said.

But it’s what follows the walk that is catching a lot of peoples eyes – or more importantly, their mouths.


Rose forms aquifer committee

State Sens. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) hosted the first meeting of the Mahomet Aquifer working group at the Illinois State Capitol, May 30 to step up oversight of the Clinton Landfill that sits atop the watershed.


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