Environment

Sangamon River checkup

A small group of volunteers gathered under the Hazen Bridge for a mussel survey last Saturday.

For nearly three hours, they combed the Sangamon River.

The Upper Sangamon River Conservancy (USRC) is a group that runs the mussel survey every year.


Company offers fresh produce year-round

By ISAAC TROTTER

For The Mahomet Citizen

Two long-time friends and Mahomet business owners have teamed up to start a new way of farming.

Located on the north side of Bellflower, Central Illinois Aquaponics Co. is providing fresh vegetables year-round.


Mahomet's 'foxy' residents

By ISAAC TROTTER

Groups of foxes have decided to take up residence in Mahomet. While doing so, they have created excitement around the community.

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact number of foxes because reports from Mahomet residents vary.


Emerald ash borer devastates area trees

It has taken more than a decade, but Mahomet is now dealing with an issue that surfaced exactly 11 years ago.

On June 9, 2006, the emerald ash borer was first confirmed in Illinois.

Thousands of dead or dying trees have been cut down in the years that followed.


USRC to host river showcase

Next Saturday, the Upper Sangamon River Conservancy will host a crash-course on their namesake waterway.

Their first-annual USRC Showcase will highlight the organization’s conservation and recreation efforts on the Sangamon, including river clean-ups, mussel surveys, restoration of the Hazen Bridge and more.


CCFPD rooting out invasive plants

Local residents might’ve noticed that Stidham Woods—a forested recreation area located between Lake of the Woods Road and Prairieview Road—looks a little thinner this month.

It’s the result of a plan to root out some invasive plant species that have taken over the area, Champaign County Forest Preserve Director of Natural Resources Mike Daab said.


Drop-off to open Aug. 15

A date has been set for the opening of Mahomet's new drop-off site for yard waste.

It'll be open to Village of Mahomet residents only on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon at the public works facility on Lake of the Woods Road. Residents dropping off brush and limbs will be asked to show a photo ID that includes their address.


'Lincoln Tree' sapling puts down roots

For hundreds of years, a huge burr oak stood on what is now the east side of Mahomet, near the site of the historic Nine Gal Tavern.

“It was huge,” Jane Stubblefield, who owns the adjacent property with her husband Dennis. “Everybody called it the Lincoln Tree.”


Recycle trees at Lake of the Woods

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District will again accept used Christmas trees to be recycled after the holiday season.

Trees may be dropped off at three forest preserve locations in the county through January 18.

Forest preserve staff use the trees to create habitats for fish in lakes around Champaign County. They’re also mulched for landscaping use.


Local farmstead on solar tour

This weekend, visitors to the Illinois Solar Tour—an annual event highlighting homes and businesses that utilize solar energy—will have the opportunity to check out the Geil farm in rural Mahomet. In 2014, Phil Geil talked to the Citizen about his sustainable energy efforts. Read his interview—and get some info about the 2016 tour—below.


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