| Sep 10, 2014
| 8:04 AM
This may be remembered as the Year of the Prairie Chicken.
A project to replenish Illinois' prairie chicken population is going well so far, conservationists say, despite being pulled into the political fray earlier this summer. The three-year effort to...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 12:27 PM
The California drought is serious! The Washington Post proclaims the "West's historic drought stokes fears of water crisis." California passes laws threatening to fine people who abuse water use by washing down driveways, sidewalks and patios, and...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 5:25 PM
David and Susan Herron of Severna Park were having a delightful Labor Day on their 28-foot sailboat until the Chesapeake Bay Bridge got in the way.
"Get down!" yelled Susan at her husband as she saw the mast crack against the bridge. The tall aluminum...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 7:21 PM
Extracting natural gas for energy from shale rock deep underground requires lots of water, but much of the world's shale gas is in regions where water is already scarce, including part of California, according to a study issued Tuesday.
The amount of...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 2:51 PM
Highly anticipated rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing in Illinois are to be unveiled Friday.
Once the rules go into effect, Illinois hopes to become the center of the next oil boom. Fracking, which involves injecting fluids and chemicals at high...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 12:21 PM
State Sen. David Simmons this week encouraged commercial real-estate brokers to embrace a water-quality initiative on November's ballot.
The Altamonte Springs Republican briefed members of a commercial real-estate association on Wednesday about Amendment...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 5:43 PM
Glendale Water & Power recently launched a pilot program that will give thousands of customers more thorough information on how many gallons of water they consume, while providing tips for cutting back, in a move to spur greater conservation among...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 6:55 PM
Environmentalists, oil and gas developers and anti-fracking groups are anxiously awaiting Friday's unveiling of regulations for fracking operations in Illinois.
Once approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, possibly as early as...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 4:29 AM
In combing through the more than 30,000 comments it received this year on proposed rules for a new fracking industry in the state, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources had its hands full.
Some people want to ban fracking, which involves...
| Jul 27, 2014
| 8:35 PM
Jamie and Glenda Pini stood in the pasture of their small farm, among a herd of rambunctious goats, several large Angus cattle, and a pile of manure.
The Pinis' farm, off Route 100, north of Interstate 78, where highways and warehouses transition to...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 5:49 PM
When it comes to energy efficiency and renewable energy sales, Dominion Resources comes in dead last or nearly so in a new report ranking the country's biggest utilities.
The report was compiled by the environmental advocacy group Ceres and the research...