With the support of the James and Aune Nelson Foundation, Sierra Club’s voice for conservation in southern Illinois has become one of the most highly regarded and respected in the region. Using funds awarded in July 2009, the Illinois Chapter secured support of new allies for wilderness protection in the Shawnee National Forest, organized outings to remove garlic mustard, conducted inventories of invasive plant species, and generated opposition to dirty coal projects. (Photo courtesy of Zachary Genteman.)
In cooperation with a coalition of conservation groups and hunters and anglers, we encouraged the Western Governors Association to adopt an initiative that allows migratory species to move between protected areas and to control development patterns so they are less disruptive of wildlife.
After six tough years, Sierra Club settled a lawsuit requiring Honolulu City and County to improve their wastewater delivery system and upgrade to secondary treatment. Prior to our suing, the tropical land saw an average of 150 sewage spills per year. This victory will lead to fewer spills and better water treatment, making Honolulu a healthier place for all its inhabitants.
A new biomass-to-energy plant proposal in Indiana has been withdrawn thanks to grassroots organizing and Sierra Club efforts. We supported the local opposition by pressuring the state environmental agency to scrutinize proposed water discharge, delaying the project as a result. Eventually, the company proposing the plant revoked its plan because local opposition became too strong. Now, the groundwater quality that was threatened will remain high, and a nearby river, designated as an 'Outstanding State Resource,' will be spared from pollution.
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