Environment

Stay Safe During Flooding

Jun 11, 2019
Flooding
Jackson County EMA

As floodwaters threaten southern Illinois towns, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency wants people to stay safe.

Deputy Coordinator Orval Rowe offered some advice for residents.

"Turn around, don't drown," he said, referring to drivers. Don't try to drive on closed roads and even if the road is still open, don't attempt to drive through water. It's impossible to tell how deep water is or what the condition of the road underneath is like.

Drivers should also be aware that all the levees are closed and anyone attempting to drive on them will be fined. 

Clean Energy Forum at SIU

Dec 4, 2018
Clean Energy Forum
Steph Whiteside/WSIU

The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition and Citizens Utility Board held a clean energy forum at SIU today, to discuss the future of clean energy.

 

Facilitated by a coalition of groups, the event included a presentation and discussion of what Southern Illinois needs to help reach renewable energy goals.

 

A Small Tank With Legs In Southern Illinois?

Oct 23, 2018

As many southern Illinoisans might have noticed, unusual animals have been seen in the region for quite some time.  Some people have described them as Tanks With Legs. 

Armadillos are here in southern Illinois.

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WSIU/Kevin Boucher

In this commentary, Ornithologist Dr. Mike Baltz talks about what the bird-life was like in this country before the passage   --  100 years ago   --  of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  You can learn more about the act by visiting:  https://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/laws-legislations/migratory-bird-treaty-act.php

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

The future of Illinois' official state insect is in doubt.

The Monarch butterfly has seen its population decline by 80 percent over the past ten years, putting it at risk of becoming endangered.

Illinois officials have released detailed plans for how they'll reintroduce a giant fish that was thought to be extinct from the state's waters.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that it's published a management plan for alligator gar, which includes goals and objectives.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

Every year at this time,  on a road in Union County the United States Forest Service swings two big steel gates together  and locks them shut with a huge padlock, closing a two and a half mile stretch of Forest Road 345 to vehicle traffic, more commonly known as Snake Road.   Officials do this to protect  the large numbers of reptiles and amphibians as they  make  their annual, life-saving journey from the swamps to the rocks and crevices at the base of the 100 foot bluffs to spend the winter.  Even though all motorized vehicles are prohibited from using the road at this time, hikers are e