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To help encourage water conservation the Illinois EPA raffled off a decorated rain barrel made from recycled plastic during this year’s State Fair. Entry forms were available at the Agency’s exhibit in Conservation World. The entrant had to guess the number of marbles in a container. Entry forms available at the exhibit were collected daily and the closest entry without going over was in the final drawing for the rain barrel.
“Rain barrels are an excellent way to conserve water at home. Not only can they help save you money when watering your garden, but it is a great way to teach children about conservation and the environment,” said Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett.
The number of actual marbles was 1,234. The winner was Jeff Clatfelter of Sherman (pictured above).
The Illinois EPA’s Employee Recognition Committee purchased the rain barrel that was raffled off. The barrel was painted by Sarah Seelbach an employee at the Agency.
The Energy Crew - Project Infinite Green
The Energy Crew is a group of average High School students that want to enlighten the world about the amazing power of safe, green, renewable energy. These informative videos highlight the latest information on renewable energy. Check out their weekly videos on their You Tube Channel TheEnergyCrewPIG
National Stormwater Calculator (with Climate Assessment Tool)
Download U.S. EPA's latest version of the National Stormwater Calculator. This desktop application provides data on annual rainwater and frequency of runoff based on local conditions. The application can be used by site developers, landscape architects, urban planners and even homeowners. The latest version includes a Climate Assessment Tool, providing decision-makers with resources to incorporate green infrastructure and low impact development techniques to reduce storm water runoff.
Storm Debris in Disaster Areas: To help people manage debris
generated from the November 17, 2013 tornadoes, Illinois EPA has created a
explaining how to safely dispose of storm waste.
Illinois EPA has created a site summary for Clinton Landfill 3 in DeWitt
County where viewers can link to inspection reports and a list of permit
applications as well as receive an overview of the facility's history,
design, and groundwater monitoring requirements.
Director Lisa Bonnett welcomed the 2013 class of Governor's
Environmental Corps (GEC) interns to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on
Monday, June 3, 2013. This year 23 students are participating in this 9-week mentoring
program which is designed to give college juniors, seniors and graduate students hands-on
experience in the field of environmental protection. The program is a public/private
partnership with 14 Illinois companies stepping forward to compensate students for their
work over the summer at the Agency. Nearly 800 students have participated in the GEC Program
over the past 22 years.
Pictured left to right, First Row: Emily Eck, Shulin Jiang, Ashley
Walton, Haley Smetana, Kara Shafer Second Row: Shelby Rigdon, Samantha Wassenhove, Makenzie
Riedle, Steve Puhr Third Row: Yetunde Agbesola, Nick Moore, Natalia Montano, Christine Knudson,
Shannon Reigh Back Row: Matt Walker, Drew Hoffman, Emily Ehrenstrom, Aaron Alexander, Sydney
Olund, Dan Buck, Director Bonnett, Lucas Omahana, David Klawitter, Brandon Clark
A new fact sheet about blue green algae
and the health risks to people and animals from exposure to algal toxins is now available.
Weather patterns this summer have caused an increase in blue green algae and elevated toxin
levels in some Illinois waterbodies. People should avoid contact with water that is
discolored (heavy green, blue-green, yellow, brown, or red) or has algal scum on the surface
and restrict the access of their pets and livestock to this water. This includes swimming, water
skiing, tubing, and boating.
The Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act prohibits
disposing of unwanted electronics in regular trash for burial in landfills starting
Jan. 1, 2012. This includes televisions, computers, monitors, printers, keyboards,
DVRs, etc; These products typically contain many valuable metals that can be recycled.
A list of
registered electronic waste (e-waste) collection sites and information for
manufacturers, collectors, recyclers, and refurbishers is available on the
Electronic Waste Recycling
page. In addition, many local governments and other organizations sponsor one-day
e-waste collection events. Other locations, including some major retailers, may be
found by entering your home location in the search engine for the
Earth911.com web site.