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Living Lands & Waters Summer schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Linville-Mass   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 07:28

Living Lands & Waters has been cleaning up the Mississippi for over 15 years and this year we’re expanding our cleanup effort to include sites from LaCrosse through North of St. Louis. We need your help to get the word out to recruit volunteers for our upcoming events in your area. With your help we can keep our Mississippi and its tributaries clean. The following list gives you a timeline of when and where our Barge and our clean-up and educational efforts will be taking place near you.

                                                          April 29th through 30th in Cave in Rock, IL

·         May 3rd through 7th, Paducah, KY

·         May 11th Red-Wing Lacrosse

·         May 17th through June 1st in St. Louis, MO

·         June 4th through the 8th in Herculaneum, MO

·         June 11th through the 15th in St. Genevieve, MO

·         June 21st through the 22nd in Chester, IL

·         June 26th through the 29th in Cape Girardeau MO

·         June 22nd through the 23rd in Clarksville, MO

·         October 28th and 29th in Grafton, IL

·         October 31st through November 2nd in Alton, IL

·         November 7th and 8th in St. Louis MO

·         November 11th in Bloomsdale, MO

 
Simon: Flood dangers not over yet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:22

CARBONDALE – April 23, 2013. As chair of an Illinois River conservation council, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon encouraged residents along the Illinois River to remain vigilant and take precautions as flood waters continue to rise over the coming days.

“While the northern portion of the Illinois River starts to recede, areas downstream of La Salle-Peru have not yet crested and could see the river raise another four to seven feet in the coming days,” said Simon, who chairs the Illinois River Coordinating Council. “I will continue to work with state, local and disaster relief officials to provide aid to these vulnerable communities.”

At present, the Illinois River is projected to crest at 29.4 feet early Wednesday morning in Peoria, about a half-inch higher than the previous record. Flood stage for the Illinois River in Peoria is 18 feet. Farther downstream, the river is projected to crest at 29.5 feet in Beardstown on Thursday morning, where the flood stage is at 14 feet.

As flood waters continue to rise, Simon reminded families to exercise caution and avoid driving through flood waters. Residents can monitor flood levels, find updates on road conditions and search for nearby shelters at www.ready.illinois.gov. To donate to the recovery effort or learn about volunteer opportunities, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

“With more rain coming down last night and today, flooding throughout central and southern Illinois will get worse before it gets better,” Simon said.

Governor Quinn has declared 44 counties as state disaster areas. Counties included in the state disaster declaration are Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.

Lt. Governor Simon and the Illinois River Coordinating Council work with state and federal agencies and local communities to raise awareness of and address watershed issues along the Illinois River. The Council assisted volunteer efforts and agency responses to the 2011 Mississippi River flood in Southern Illinois.

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Loebsack Welcomes Gov. Branstad’s Disaster Declaration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:52

Total of 8 counties affected by strong storms and flooding now available for state assistance

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after Governor Branstad issued a disaster declaration for three additional counties in Eastern Iowa.  People who qualify in Iowa, Lee and Muscatine Counties are now able to apply for state grants to help with home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing.  Last week, disaster declarations were made for Cedar, Johnson, Mahaska, Scott and Washington Counties.

“I am pleased with the Governor’s actions to make assistance available to folks in Eastern Iowa who have seen the brunt of the damage from the recent storms and flooding,” said Loebsack.  “Over the weekend, I toured some of the affected areas and saw firsthand the damage that occurred.  I will continue to fight to ensure those with significant property damage get the help they need.”

For more information, Iowans should visit www.dhs.iowa.gov and click on the Disaster Assistance link.

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Governor Quinn Requests FEMA Help with Flood Damage Assessments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:18

Documentation Will Support Request for Federal Assistance

MEREDOSIA – Governor Pat Quinn today asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with damage assessments in several Illinois counties devastated by flooding and severe storms. The assessments, which will begin on April 29, will provide the documentation necessary to support a request for federal assistance.

“We have seen some of the worst flooding damage to neighborhoods and homes across our state in Illinois history,” Governor Quinn said. “The state will continue to take every step to secure assistance from the federal government that will help our communities recover.”

Since Thursday, Governor Quinn has surveyed damage on the ground and from the air and met with local officials in some of the hardest hit communities, including Elmhurst, Des Plaines, River Forest, Bellwood, Riverside, Moline, Quincy, Bartonville, North Aurora, Marseilles, Ottawa, North Utica and Morris.

Personnel from FEMA, IEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and local emergency management agencies will begin assessing damage to homes and businesses in Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties on April 29. The teams will move to other affected counties as floodwaters recede so they are able to accurately assess the damage. Governor Quinn has declared a total of 44 counties state disaster areas.

Counties included in the state disaster declaration are Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.

The state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help affected communities respond and recover from flooding. It came after assessments by emergency officials and the governor, and begins the process of securing federal relief.

As of today, the state has fulfilled more than 80 requests for assistance from counties including:

Department of Transportation

  • More than 240 IDOT personnel and 153 trucks and equipment have been deployed to deliver sandbags, plastic, pumps, hoses, trucks and drivers to communities.
  • Conducting flyovers of flooded areas for situational awareness.
  • Providing guidance to communities on pumping equipment needs.

Department of Corrections

  • Inmate crews are assisting with sandbagging efforts in several communities.
  • Over 660 inmates have worked around the clock to fill more than 80,000 sandbags since Friday.

Department of Natural Resources

  • DNR boats and conservation police officers have assisted with home and medical evacuations, transportation, river rescues, missing person searches and other flood-related responses.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

  • Provided 40 StarCom radios to the Algonquin Police Department for emergency communications.
  • Deployed liaison teams to Quincy and Milan to coordinate response efforts along the Mississippi River.
  • Coordinating requests for assistance from affected counties with state resources.

Illinois National Guard

  • UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and two crew members assisted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with overflight of the Des Plaines and Little Calumet Rivers to survey integrity of flood control systems and infrastructure.

Illinois State Police

  • Continue to assist motorists and local public safety agencies with flood-related issues.

Department of Public Health

  • Provided information on tetanus shots to local public health departments, hospitals and medical offices.
  • Monitoring situations at nursing homes and long-term care facilities affected by flooding.

Department of Central Management Services

  • Procured work gloves for inmate crews assisting with sandbagging.

Governor Quinn activated the State Incident Response Center on Thursday to coordinate the deployment of state personnel and assets to assist local governments in the affected areas. The state’s flood response is coordinated by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

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Living Lands & Waters Giving Away 500,000th Tree PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Linville-Mass   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:12

Davenport, IA/April 22, 2013 - Chad Pregracke’s Quad Cities-based environmental group is half-way to its goal of distributing one million trees as part of their MillionTrees Project.  In the spirit of Earth Day (today), Living Lands & Waters will be presenting the 500,000th tree to Bowlesburg Elementary School in Silvis Illinois at 1:30p on Monday April 22nd.

Following the presentation, several Bowlesburg students and Living Lands & Waters staff will plant a total of four trees on Bowlesburg School property.  As the recipient of the 500,000th tree, Bowlesburg will also be presented with a $500 gift card to go towards the purchase of environmentally-themed books for their library.

Living Lands & Waters, an East Moline, Illinois non-profit organization has been distributing trees throughout April to individuals, families, schools, park districts, businesses and organizations throughout 10 states.  The goal of the MillionTrees Project is to grow and plant 1 MILLION trees.

Trees provide shelter and nut-bearing hardwoods are a viable food source for wildlife and migratory birds.  Slow-growing hardwoods like oaks have a harder time re-establishing themselves without help, and are often crowded out by faster growing species, like cottonwoods, willow and silver maples. Re-establishing hardwoods helps increase biodiversity, reduce erosion and run-off and improve water and air quality.

More information on the MillionTrees Project can be found at www.livinglandsandwaters.org/get-involved/million-trees

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