Earlier this spring, Natural Resources Commissioner Angela Churchill posted information regarding the negative effects of volcano mulching on the NRC’s Facebook page. The topic generated a huge amount of interest. In fact, the post was read by 265,000 people in the United States and many other countries, including as far as Ghana, Africa! In case… Read More St. Charles Natural Resources Commission Goes Viral and Global!
By Commissioner Suzi Myers One of my all-time favorite paintings is Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” which he painted in St. Remy, France, in 1889. Sadly, the Milky Way and many of the stars that inspired him can no longer be seen at this location. Why? Light pollution has taken away our night skies. What is… Read More What is Light Pollution?
Submitted by Commissioner Suzi Myers Are you looking for something to do this fall? Have a cell phone? How about looking for a Witness Tree and verifying its existence? A Witness Tree a historic tree that has remained in place for decades or even centuries after noteworthy events as well as ordinary events have unfolded around it. During the 1800s when Europeans… Read More Witness Trees of Illinois
Sandra Rincon QMHP, MSW When police officers or firefighters respond to a call, they often find that crisis intervention for a traumatized victim, mental health assistance, or other services are desperately needed. That’s when the expertise of Sandra Rincon, the St. Charles Police Social Worker comes in. Since 2014, the St. Charles Police Department has benefitted… Read More Social Worker’s Professional Skills Complement Police Department Services
Submitted by Natural Resources Commission Student Comm. Daniella Taylor Growing a garden is an easy way for you to be sustainable and grow delicious foods. However, sometimes in an effort to be more efficient with our gardens, we forget to keep sustainability in mind. There are many small changes you can make in order to… Read More Sustainable Gardening
by Natural Resources Student Commissioner Daniella Taylor As spring fades to summer, people are anxious to dust off their grills and gather for a BBQ with their family and friends (COVID safe of course). While sustainability might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to your annual 4th of July BBQ,… Read More Green Grilling
From police to public works and most every public position in between, May is the month that public service is in the spotlight. In 2020, COVID shined a light on the essential services public workers routinely provide. The tasks usually are not very glamorous. But public service employees often are working around-the-clock so you can… Read More Public Service in the Spotlight in May
Submitted by Natural Resources Commissioner Lee Haggas The typical suburban homeowner lives in thrall to his or her lawn. The mowing, the fertilizing, the aerating, the maintenance – it can all add up to hours and dollars that could be better spent elsewhere. For those ready to chuck the mower and ditch the seeder, there… Read More A Sedge for All Reasons
Submitted by the Natural Resources Commission Balloons are part of both joyous and poignant events. As happy and festive as they appear though, they’re basically flying litter just waiting to land. Once on the ground, deflated balloons can harm birds, turtles, fish and other wildlife. In recent years several environmental groups, like Balloons Blow in… Read More The Problem with Balloons…
Back in May 2020, several rainstorms led to severe street flooding. Walnut Street, between 17th Street and 19th Street, is a location that has historically had street flooding which has caused residential property damage. This location is included in the State Street Creek Watershed Master Plan. The Plan recommends adding stormwater detention where practical, as… Read More 17th & Walnut Streets Flood Reduction is a Success Story