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By Chapin Rose
Illinois Senator (R-Mahomet)
As part of my on-going effort to help protect the Mahomet Aquifer, which serves as the drinking water supply for 500,000 central Illinoisans, I am taking the Environmental Protection Agency to task.
Nearly four inches of rain fell on Piatt County last week, causing the Sangamon River to leave its banks and peak at a level of about 17 feet on Saturday (April 20) – about four feet above flood level.
The river was back to 14 feet by this past Monday, but floods could continue with more rain forecasted through Wednesday.
A portion of an Allerton Park to Monticello walk/bike trail could include a scenic 1.5 mile portion along the Sangamon River, thanks to the Decatur-based Land Conservation Foundation.
The Foundation recently raised $200,000 and received an additional $455,000 state grant to purchase a 108-acre tract between Monticello and the park.
The City of Monticello has announced it will be replacing 32 trees in the downtown business district with a slower-growing variety that sheds less fruit on sidewalks and streets.
Photos from Central Illinois the week of January 14-20, 2013.
Central Illinois is recovering from the summer drought, but a prediction of above average snowfall this winter should help recharge soil before spring planting.
By Kelley Heaney
A good way to reduce electricity costs is to just use less light bulbs. It sounds simple, but Piatt County officials found a way to do so without sacrificing the amount of light being generated – and to use state grant funds to get it done.
A local land-conservation group has received a grant to help it buy a 108-acre tract along the Sangamon River near Monticello.
It’s another step in a long-range plan by the Land Conservation Foundation to acquire hundreds of acres of forested bottomlands along the Sangamon in Champaign and Piatt counties.
Kevin Schnebly has given presentations to large corporations as an architect for Bailey Edward of Champaign, but last week he faced one of his toughest audiences yet – a middle school science classroom.