Category Archives: Environment

Michigan Governor Wants Illinois’ Help With Asian Carp Plan

(AP) — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is urging his Illinois counterpart to help pay for a project to keep invasive carp establishing themselves in the Great Lakes. Snyder sent a letter Tuesday to fellow outgoing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, seeking support in fortifying a waterway. Snyder says Michigan would provide up to $8 million for upgrading the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois. Experts consider that a good location to block movement of Asian carp that have infested the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Several states bordering the lakes, including Michigan and Illinois, agreed previously to discuss cost-sharing. However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently said the project would cost $778 million — three times more than previously thought. The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment from Rauner’s office. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

University Of Illinois To Open Second Solar Farm

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials say the institution’s second solar farm will make it one of the leading U.S. universities in solar energy work, but some professors have raised concerns about the land the project will occupy. The News-Gazette reports that the 55-acre solar farm is planned for a site a few miles south of the Urbana campus in the village of Savoy. Physics Professor Scott Willenbrock recently served as a provost’s fellow for sustainability. He told the Academic Senate on Monday that the project will help the campus meet its goal of generating 5 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Richard Gates is a professor of agricultural and biological engineering. He says he’s concerned that the project is taking away valuable flat land that’s used for research. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.