Riverfront Park Zoning Vote Delayed to August 6th

Riverfront Park

HOI members are urged to attend the City of Peoria Planning and Zoning Hearing on Thursday, August 6th, at 1:00 p.m. at Peoria City Hall, 419 Fulton St., 4th floor Council Room. We need to show the Peoria Zoning board how many citizens oppose rezoning that will allow the Riverfront Park apartments project to proceed.

Pollinator Day at Riverfront MuseumHOI Group Cosponsors "Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators Day"

The Peoria Riverfront Museum and the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club cosponsored "Monarch Butterflies and other Pollinators Day" July 11th at the Riverfront Museum, from 12 to 4 p.m.

Hog Factory = Paradise LostMarshall County CAFO Update

Citizens in northeastern Marshall County continued to fight against the Sandy Creek Lane LLC hog confinement facility near Wenona.

Solar ovensA Visit to the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair 

Diane and I recently attended the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair in Custer, WI.

Powerton PlantState Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution Hearing August 4th in Pekin 

Area residents are needed to attend the Illinois Pollution Control Board public hearing on proposed sulfur dioxide (SO2) regulations, Tuesday, August 4th at 10:30 a.m. at the Pekin City Council chamber, 111 South Capital St., downtown Pekin.


Why Wetlands Matter/Central Illinois Waters

September 16, 7pm
Forest Park Nature Center

by Shae L. Birkey, Outdoors Writer, EHS Professional at Caterpillar, Wetland Ecologist at Midwest Engineering Associates, Inc. 

Wetlands, prairies, and forests are not only a vital habitat for many species of wildlife throughout the United States and the world but they also provide us clean drinking water, prevent flooding, and provide erosion control, among many other benefits.  This understanding of how these habitats work and their benefits to water quality has changed over time, and today they are better understood as places that provide vital habitat for wildlife and are seen as beneficial systems that provide great value – ecologically and economically.  Natural area restoration has become a large-scale effort here in the U.S. and globally as a result of this new understanding.  This presentation will cover the many types of restoration efforts and their value to people and animals. Audience question asking and participation is expected!