Environment

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.


Rose vows to fight EPA to protect aquifer

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.


Rain causes floodwaters to rise

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.


Trail planned for conservation land

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.


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