Environment

Cropsmith in running for $1 million prize

Tim Smith was ahead of the curve when he quit his crop science job at the University of Illinois in 2005 and started his own business to advise farmers on more efficient nitrogen application. Since then, farmers have warmed to the services of Farmer City-based Cropsmith, with his two-person business expanding to nine over the past decade.


Surprise snowfall

After 60-degree temperatures in mid-February, winter came roaring back with the worst winter storm of 2015-16 on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Monticello received around 3.5 inches of snow, but it was the high winds that prompted all county school districts to cancel classes for the day.


County board endorses consent decree

The Piatt County Board on Sept. 9 voted in favor of a consent decree to limit Clinton Landfill, Inc.’s (CLI) ability to accept toxic waste. They joined the cities of Champaign, Monticello, Tuscola, Decatur, Village of Normal and McClean County in approving the compromise which could end a nearly 7-year legal battle.


DeLand looks to aquifer for water help

Water from the Mahomet Aquifer is one step closer to coming to homes in the Village of DeLand.


Agreement could keep PCBs out of landfill

An agreement that would keep PCBs out of the Clinton landfill will be considered by the DeWitt County Board Thursday, according to area State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet).


Oil leak being addressed

FS Piatt County Service Company officials have notified Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials of a small oil spill at the Monticello facility on Friday, Jan. 16. Environmental cleanup firm Bodine Services was hired and most of the issue was resolved within 24 hours, according to FS General Manager John Morrell.


Davis pushes EPA on aquifer designation

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) today (Jan. 23) sent a letter urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete the review process and announce a decision on the petition to designate the Mahomet Aquifer system as a sole source aquifer.  


Lessons lead to making of bat houses

In October, Bement school resource instructor Vicky Pettyjohn thought it would be appropriate to teach her students about bats. It led to the making of bat houses that were given to Superintendent Sheila Greenwood and Curriculum Coordinator Jill Lawson, who both live in rural areas.


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.”


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