The combination of rain, warm temperatures, and ice jams means flooding is possible along the Rock River. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Rock, near Joslin, which is upstream from the Quad Cities.
The Illinois Audubon Society has bought most of a large nature preserve in Lee County. Earlier this month it finalized the purchase of 395 acres of the former Green Wing Environmental Laboratory from Augustana College - for 2.1 million dollars.
Despite promise after promise over the last 20 years, the U.S. EPA has failed to clean up the Mississippi River. Last month, the Mississippi River Collaboration released a report called, "Decades of Delay," which shows states along the river continue to allow nitrogen and phosphorus to contaminate the river and cause the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.