Environmental Concerns

Government and legal information available at WIU on related topics:

Federal Agencies

Sites of Interest:
Forest Service Homepage
This branch of the USDA deals with forests and grasslands and includes past news briefs, annual reports, and future plans.
Natural Resources Conservation Service Homepage
This USDA site has quick links to maps, directories, and programs; news items; the conservation initiative with farmers and ranchers; and more.
Fish and Wildlife Service Homepage
This agency of the Department of the Interior deals primarily with fish, wildlife, and plants, and highlights efforts to work with citizens on conservation.
Office of Surface Mining Homepage
Another Department of the Interior branch, this office works to reclaim old mines and informs the public of the dangers of abandoned deep mines.
Global Warming
This EPA site divides global warming into climate, emissions, impacts, and actions categories and also provides current news and information.
EPA Information Sources
Often the first agency one thinks of when considering the environment, this site from the EPA's homepage links to pertinent libraries, dockets, publications, newsletters, databases, and more. Try "Your Community" for specific information at the local level.

Illinois Agencies

Sites of Interest:
Bureau of Water
This Illinois EPA file allows one to view water quality in the state's watersheds. Adobe Acrobat required.
Critical Trends Assessment Land Cover Database of Illinois
Also from IDNR, this site allows users to view land cover and land usage in the state.