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Hello EAC Action News Readers! 


Welcome to another edition of the EAC Action News, your local source for news and information on the environment. Check out our website,, to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.


Sign Up for the EAC's Composting Workshop

1000785169 2On Thursday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m., the Ecology Action Center will host a hands-on workshop where you build your own 32 gallon composter to recycle your food and yard waste. This compost can then be turned into valuable fertilizer for your lawn or garden. Not only will we provide the materials and teach you how to make your own composter, but we will also discuss various techniques of composting, composting systems, and troubleshooting tips to avoid potential problems. When the workshop is completed your composter will be ready for use in your home.


While commercial composters can range from $40-$200, the price for this workshop is just $10 for EAC members and $13 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required; you must sign the registration form and submit your payment in order for your registration to be accepted. Space is limited so download the registration form from our events calendar on our website or  stop by the EAC to fill out a registration form. For more information, contact EAC Assistant Director Kris Hall at (309) 454-3169.


To sign up for this event download this pdf here.

Sign Up for the EAC's First Family Eco Adventure: Garbage 101

1001223051Have you ever wondered where your garbage goes? How a recycling plant works? Want to see how a garbage truck works? Then ask no more because the EAC is proud to announce our first Family Eco Adventure: Garbage 101. This event will take place Monday, September 20 at 6 p.m. On this adventure we will take a tour of the Normal Public Works Facility and get up close and personal with the world of recycling, garbage, and the heavy equipment used to transport our waste materials. You can learn all about what happens to your garbage and recyclables after they leave your home.


Pre-registration for this event is required; download the registration form from the event calendar on our website.  Completed registration forms must be submitted with payment in order to be accepted.  Participants must be 5 years old or older; children must be accompanied by a registered parent or other responsible adult.The price is $4 for EAC members and $6 for nonmembers. All participants will recieve a free high quality recycled content canvas tote bag, a $5 value. Space is limited so sign up A.S.A.P! For more information, contact EAC Assistant Director Kris Hall at (309) 454-3169.


To sign up for this event download this pdf here.

The Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico: Is it Really Over?

1001105200Around three weeks ago the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was finally capped. Now everything can get back to normal, right? For many the aftermath of this crisis is not so simple. With many issues raised there are two sides to this debate.


On the one hand, there are those who remain optimistic about the aftermath of the oil spill. With multiple relief efforts in full swing much of the oil on the surface of the ocean has been removed. Some scientists predict that once the oil is cleaned out of the ocean the environment could recover fairly quickly. Now that the spill has been capped, the ecosystem is already showing signs of recovery. With a fishing ban in place, it has lessened the human usage of fish stock. This leaves more food for other organisms that are higher up on the food chain. There will be a vast clean up over the next 10 years but it is some predict that this oil spill will not eliminate society's ability to use the Gulf of Mexico both recreationally and profitably.


On the other hand, there are those who feel less than hopeful about this ecological disaster. While it does appear that on the ocean's surface much of the oil is gone, some believe that the oil is now settling to the bottom of the gulf only to resurface on shore for years or even decades to come. Many also question the recent cap's ability to hold. The cap now in place on the leak is only temporary, but there are plans in place which could eliminate the leak for good. Another point is that it is still unclear how many sea creatures below the ocean's surface have been affected by not only the oil, but also the dispersant. Dispersant is a chemical used on oil spills because it causes the oil to break up into water soluble particles, which are then diluted. However, studies have shown that a large amount of dispersant put into the ocean can have a damaging affect on fish and their eggs. Other animals who may be most affected by the oil are turtles and marine mammals, such as porpoises and whales, and others up the food chain.


While each side presents important arguments they are in agreement about the amount of time needed to clean up the spill. While the environmemt will bounce back eventually, it is clear that we will see effects of this disaster for years to come. One light at the end of this tunnel comes from the hundreds of volunteers whom we thank for their service and support! While it may take many steps we are on the road to recovery.



As always, we look forward to seeing you at the Ecology Action Center! Please stop by anytime Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call us at 309-454-3169 for information on our latest programs and events or to get answers to questions on recycling, household hazardous waste, clean water, and more!

The Ecology Action Center is a not-for-profit walk-in information and environmental education center with a mission to inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening and preserving a healthy environment.

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