Sunday, July 17, 2011

Reporting Pollution or Dead Fish in the Salt Fork

Around the July 4th weekend, dead fish were first reported in the Salt Fork River. Unfortunately, by the time the information reached the Illinois Environmental Agency (IEPA) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the source of the problem could not be located. If you should see anything that appears to be a serious problem to the health of the stream, please use the following guidelines. One of the most important lessons out of this incident is to report ASAP!


What to do if you see pollution or dead fish in the river

1. Call Illinois Emergency Management Agency's (IEMA’s) 24-hour hotline immediately at 1-800-782-7860. They will log the call and contact EPA.

2. Email a written description of who, what, when and where to Jeff Holste at the Champaign office of EPA, This will establish a paper trail and enable you to alert and engage other concerned citizens.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pedal-Paddle-Pedal on the Salt Fork

Here is a set of photos and commentary about my first pedal-paddle-pedal (bike plus raft) day trip on the Salt Fork.

I hope to paddle the entire length of the Salt Fork, from the Saline Ditch in Crystal Lake Park to Danville using this method of car-free transportation.

-- Gary