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News Releases - Environment & Weather
Written by Natalie Linville- Mass   
Friday, 11 October 2013 12:35

East Moline, IL/October 10, 2013 – Chad Pregracke, President & Founder of Living Lands & Waters, a Quad City-based not-for-profit, organization dedicated to cleaning up the Mississippi River, has been named to the final 10 for CNN’s Hero of the Year.

The contest is sponsored by CNN and designed to support and recognize people and organizations who put themselves before others. To view the contestants, and vote for Pregracke, visit,  www.CNNHeroes.com, click “vote now”. You can vote via email and/or through Facebook. Voting is limited to once a day per person and closes Sunday, November 17th at 11:59pm PST.

“This is a real honor to be one of the finalists for this reward, however I know this organization would not be what it is without the media’s support.  Without their help in getting the message out about what people can do to clean their own rivers and streams, we wouldn’t be able to make the progress we have.  This effort literally takes thousands of volunteers and the media has helped us rally those volunteers and have made a real difference,” expresses Pregracke.

Each of the Top 10 CNN Heroes will receive a $50,000 grant.  One of the honorees, as voted by fans around the globe, will be named the CNN Hero of the Year and will receive an additional $250,000 grant to further aid their cause. Voting for the 2013 honorees can be done at www.CNNHeroes.com. Voters will also be able to view the honorees’ profiles on the site.

For the latest information about the Top 10 CNN Heroes, viewers and online users are encouraged to visit CNN Heroes on Facebook, follow @CNNHeroes on Twitter and use the hashtag #CNNHeroes.

About Chad Pregracke

Chad Pregracke started Living Lands & Waters in 1998 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the beautification and restoration of America’s major rivers and to the education of people about environmental issues. From his single boat beginning, LL&W has grown to an internationally known organization with a fleet of barges and workboats. LL&W engages thousands of volunteers each year in river cleanups, hands-on environmental education workshops, the Great Mississippi River Cleanup, Adopt-a-River-Mile programs and the Million Trees Project.



Governor Quinn Opens Largest Annual Water Quality Exhibition in North America PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Anderson   
Monday, 07 October 2013 15:01

Proclaims October as “Water’s Worth It” Month in Illinois

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by thousands of water professionals from around the world to officially open the 86th annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC®) at McCormick Place in Chicago. Governor Quinn is committed to protecting the environment by modernizing Illinois’ water infrastructure and in recognition of the conference, he proclaimed October as “Water’s Worth It” Month in Illinois.

“Water is an essential and limited natural resource and Illinois is fortunate to have reliable access to clean water,” Governor Quinn said. “I encourage all Illinois residents to observe ‘Water’s Worth It’ month by recognizing the challenges involved in maintaining clean and safe water, and the need to maintain and modernize our water infrastructure. We are grateful to have dedicated water professionals and volunteers who work every day to ensure people have access to clean water."

Since its first meeting in Chicago in 1928, the conference has grown into the largest of its kind in North America. WEFTEC offers water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today. Also recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, the expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field; serves as a forum for domestic and international business opportunities; and promotes invaluable peer-to-peer networking between its 20,000 attendees. The 2013 conference runs from October 5-9.

Governor Quinn launched the $1 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative in his 2012 State of the State Address to help local governments facing a critical need to overhaul aging drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and distribution and collection systems. The Clean Water Initiative is funded with annual federal grants, funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and additional principal and interest from loan repayments. No new state tax dollars are used.

“Governor Quinn’s Clean Water Initiative is absolutely vital for growing our economy and protecting Illinois’ environment for this and future generations,” Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett said.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it is estimated the total water infrastructure needs in Illinois over the next 20 years total $32 billion, including $17 billion in wastewater projects (which is the 6th highest among the states) and $15 billion in drinking water projects (4th highest need in the nation).

To learn more about Governor Quinn’s Illinois Clean Water Initiative, visit CleanWater.Illinois.gov. To learn more about WEFTEC, visit weftec.org.


Governor Quinn Urges Residents to Take Advantage of State’s Cooling Centers to Beat the Heat PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:24

More Than 100 State Cooling Centers Open Across Illinois

CHICAGO – With record-breaking temperatures expected this week, Governor Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state’s cooling centers. Governor Quinn today opened more than 100 cooling centers throughout Illinois to help those without air conditioning beat the heat.

“I urge everyone in Illinois to take the proper precautions to stay safe and cool today as temperatures approach record-breaking highs,” Governor Quinn said. “The state’s cooling centers offer a clean, safe place to stay during the hottest part of the day.”

The cooling centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS cooling centers are open to the public during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the IDHS cooling centers, the Illinois Tollway Oases in the Chicago area are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department of Public Health are encouraging Illinois residents to watch for signs of heat-related illnesses. These symptoms include headaches, skin that is hot to the touch, increased body temperature, loss of consciousness, seizures and irregular heartbeats.

To stay cool and avoid illness, people should increase their fluid intake but avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and sugar; decrease strenuous, outdoor physical activity; and remain in air-conditioning when possible.

The Illinois Department on Aging also encourages relatives and friends to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone. When temperatures and humidity are extremely high, seniors and people with chronic health conditions should be monitored for dehydration and other effects of extreme heat. Additionally, seniors should eat lighter meals, take longer and more frequent rests, and drink plenty of fluids.

To find a cooling center near you, call the IDHS hotline at (800) 843-6154 or visit keepcool.illinois.gov.


Newsletter - National Weather Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sandra Stevens   
Friday, 16 August 2013 14:31
The Summer 2013 issue of the National Weather Service Quad Cities' newsletter is now available on our website at http://www.weather.gov/quadcities/?n=additional-links#newsletter . This link also contains all past issues of our newsletter.  There is also a temporary link under the Top News of the Day section on our main web page

Resolution Prohibiting the Importation of Firewood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott County Conservation Board   
Friday, 16 August 2013 13:16
Due to the recent identified infestations of Emerald Ash Borer found in Des Moines and Jefferson counties, the Scott County Conservation Board passed a resolution yesterday at its August 14lh board meeting prohibiting individuals from bringing firewood onto any Conservation Board property from any location outside of Scott County unless it meets the State of Iowa and USDA firewood labeling requirements.

A copy of the approved Resolution is attached. For additional information, please visit our website at: http://www.soottoountyiowa.com/conservation.

OUR MISSION: To improve the quality of life and promote and preserve the health, welfare and enjoyment for the citizens of Scott County and the general public by acquiring, developing, operating, and preserving the historical, educational, environmental, recreational and natural resources of the County.



WHEREAS the movement of f`1rewood throughout Iowa and to/from other states poses the greatest threat to further the quick spread the Emerald Ash Borer and other damaging plant pests;

WHEREAS recently identìfled infestations in Des Moines and Jefferson Counties will lead to more quarantined counties in Iowa;

WHEREAS the Scott County Conservation Board endeavors to protect the natural resources of Scott County by ímpeding the movement of Invasive Species via the transportation of firewood, and;

WHEREAS effective January 2011, all ñrewood offered for sale, sold or distributed in Iowa must include the harvest location ofthe wood by county and state.

BE IT RESOLVED BY the Scott County Conservation Board of Scott County, Iowa to Amend the existing Firewood Importation Resolution, dated April 11, 2007 as follows:

l. To stem the spread of firewood borne pests, officials are asking Iowans to not move firewood and instead buy and bum locally.

2. That in accordance with State and Federal guidelines, the Conservation Board hereby prohibits the importation of firewood onto any properties under the jurisdiction of the Scott County Conservation Board from outside Scott County unless, it meets the State of Iowa and USDA firewood labeling requirements.

3. All unauthorized firewood may be removed and destroyed by agency staff, and violators may be cited under the authority of Chapter 350 ofthe Iowa Code.

THIS IS TO CERTIFY that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of a resolution duly and legally adopted by the Scott County Conservation Board of Scott County, Iowa at Richard Mohr, Chairman, Roger Kean, Executive Director

Any comments or questions may be directed to Roger A. Kean at (563) 328-3280, Scott County Conservation Board, 14910 - 110th Avenue, Davenport, Iowa 52804

Resolution No.: 13-01

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