CACEI wants the best for the City of Canton and adjoining townships as the area moves forward into the future. We work to protect the environment and green space, areas for future growth of residential neighborhoods, Canton Lake neighborhoods, commercial areas, the city’s water resource, rural wells, farmland, the natural beauty of the area and the recreational activities provided by the lake. The organization works for long-term protection of our environmental assets for us and future generations.
The proposed North Canton Strip Mine has been the primary focus for CACEI since Canton area citizens first learned of it in 2006. After 8 long years, the strip mine has been stopped. The beautiful rolling Copperas Creek valleys, tall mature oak and hickory timber, and productive farmland along scenic tree-lined country lanes bordered by horse pastures and family farms will not be blasted and bull-dozed down for the one time taking of coal. Read the entire story here.
Fulton County is going healthy, green and moving forward. There is no shortage of good things to celebrate — new bike path, a solar energy field, and a new lake community are just a few of the exciting, forward things coming to the area.
Please join us!
CACEI will be meeting on Sat. Sept. 12th, 10 a.m. at Fulton County Health Dept. at 700 East Oak Street in Canton.
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LEGISLATIVE SOLAR SOCIAL
Celebrating Farmington Schools Solar!
Senator David Koehler Keynote Speaker
Saturday, August 8th, 10am – 11:30 am with optional tour
Farmington School, 212 N. Lightfoot Rd., Farmington
The Illinois Solar Energy Association is hosting a Legislative Solar Social at Farmington School to spread the word about the power of solar energy for central Illinois. This event will function like a Town Hall Meeting with the additional benefit for attendees to have the opportunity to view the school’s solar installation and learn about the benefits of living with renewable energy!
Come out and learn more about area solar installations and also the Clean Jobs Bill, which
supports jobs for more solar energy.
Open to the public but registration is requested. Register at www.illinoissolar.org
Congratulations to Brenda Varnold Dilts for her award as Re-AMP’s 2015 Coal Activist! Re-AMP is a network working on a clean energy future for the Midwest. Brenda and the Canton Area Citizens for Environmental Issues group that she chairs certainly exemplify those doing that good work.
Brenda and other local volunteers that formed Canton Area Citizens for Environmental Issues have been fighting a proposed coal mine just upstream from their drinking water supply since 2008.
Their efforts were rewarded when a permit review hearing officer issued a decision to deny the North Canton Mine permit issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Mines and Minerals. The decision means that a headwater tributary to the West Branch of Copperas Creek that would be destroyed by the proposed North Canton mine cannot be ignored.
Brenda and others conducted water tests on local streams, attended public hearings and did outreach throughout their community. In Brenda’s words, “This is what ordinary citizens can do to protect the environment, streams, rivers, and lakes. Residents in the area realized that mining would harm the watershed and for some temporary jobs, it is not worth the pollution and loss of our water. This state should be investing in alternative energy sources because coal is a health hazard to young and old and a pollutant to local environments.”