After years of research and writing, Mark Schwiebert has decided to take the next step in his efforts to fight climate change. The former Rock Island mayor and alderman has established a fund that will award grants each year for environmental education and studies.
New options will soon be available for people who want to spend a weekend in a park, but not really "rough it." Wednesday afternoon, the Scott County Conservation Board will hold a ribbon cutting for two new cabins in West Lake Park, adjacent to the Summit Campground.
The first Monarch blitz is over, and 300 people in the US participated by counting eggs, caterpillars, chrysalides, and butterflies. The citizen scientists then submitted their findings to the Monarch Lab at the University of Minnesota.
Nearly 50 years after it was built, it's time for major restoration work at West Lake Park. The Scott County Conservation Board is advertising for an engineering firm to oversee the project that could take a couple of years and cost a couple million dollars.