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Summer Fun Index

Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for many Illinoisans. We swim at a favorite creek, fish in a nearby river, sail or kayak on the lake, or simply hike along a beautiful stream. As the summer draws to a close, Environment Illinois Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities.

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Clean water not green water | Russell Bassett

Last year at this time, the toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie caused nearly half a million people in and around Toledo, Ohio, to be without safe drinking water. Clean water from our taps is something that many of us take for granted, but if we don’t protect our water sources — like the residents of Toledo discovered — we won’t be able to take it for granted anymore.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Shelter from the Storm

Wetlands are more than just scenic parts of America’s natural landscape. They are also home to wildlife and perform many vital functions that protect the health of our waterways and communities. Of crucial importance for our towns and cities, wetlands also offer flood protection by absorbing large amounts of water that may fall during a storm before releasing it slowly into the environment. 

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Report | Environment Illinois Research and Policy Center

How do Millennials experience climate change?

As a result of global warming, young Americans today are growing up in a different climate than their parents and grandparents experienced. It is warmer than it used to be. Storms pack more of a punch. Rising seas increasingly flood low-lying land. Large wildfires have grown bigger, more frequent and more expensive to control. People are noticing changes in their own backyards, no matter where they live.

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News Release | Environment Illinois Research and Policy Center

Report: Millennials experiencing record heat

Chicago, IL – Young adults in Illinois are experiencing hotter temperatures and more intense storms than their predecessors did in the 1970’s, according to a new report by Environment Illinois Research & Policy Center.

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