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Springtime on the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, Illinois’ only National Scenic River. Photo by Pam Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative

Why Care?

The Middle Fork is Illinois’ only National Scenic River, and a favorite of paddlers, fishermen, and photographers. The river and surrounding Kickapoo State Recreation Area draw over a million people every year, substantially contributing the local economy of Vermilion County and Danville.

What’s the Problem?

But toxic coal ash dumped in the river’s floodplain by utility companies for more than 55 years threaten the river and the tourist trade that Vermilion County and Danville hope to expand.

The natural forces of the river are cutting into the banks of these pits. Photo by Jeff Lucas. Gutting the Heartland. 2014

The old east and north pits are leaking; the newer east pit sits over a mine void. Photo by Jeff Lucas, Gutting the Heartland. 2014

How Can I Learn More?

Come to this 30-minute presentation by Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative, followed by Q & A.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
6:30 pm to 7:30pm
Danville Public Library
319 N Vermilion St, Danville, IL map

Learn about this threat and what you can do to protect the region’s health, economy, scenic values, and recreational opportunities that you both enjoy and depend on. Contact Pam with questions or for more information.

Click here for a flier

You can also click these links to learn more about the river, the threat, Dynegy’s proposed “fix”, and how to take action.


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