Category Archives: Sole Source Designation

posts concerning the application for Sole Source Aquifer designation with US EPA

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Join us at the Expo!

Clean, available water is a vital part of sustainable living. Visit our booth at the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center in Bloomington this Saturday for the latest information on efforts to protect and preserve the Mahomet Aquifer. Celebrate the successes of the year and see what you can do to continue to protect this valuable resource for Central Illinois. The ISLWE will be open Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free for the event. It’s all about Creating Healthy Communities, with exhibitions, live music, and workshops with ideas for greener, healthier living.

For more information on the event, visit the ISLWE website.

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VICTORY! Sole Source Aquifer Designation for Mahomet Aquifer

The US EPA today announced they have granted Sole Source Aquifer designation to the Mahomet Aquifer in Central Illinois! Thanks to everyone who called, wrote, emailed and attended public hearings on this issue. This is a significant step in the long road to protecting and preserving this vital source of water. What better way to spotlight National Groundwater Awareness Week than with this major step to protect our groundwater. Celebrate today with a glass of clear, sweet Mahomet Aquifer water!

See the US EPA announcement here.

For more information on the Sole Source designation see the US EPA website here.

 

Friend of the Mahomet Aquifer

Piatt County Mahomet Aquifer Summit in Monticello

A Mahomet Aquifer Summit meeting will be held in Monticello Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Allerton Public Library. Topics will include the upcoming referendum concerning chemical waste in the Clinton Landfill, Sole Source Designation status update, other legal challenges to protect the aquifer and citizen action opportunities. In addition, area public officials will share comments on protecting this valuable source of clean water for Central Illinois.

The library is located at 201 N. State St., Monticello, across from the Post Office. Join other concerned citizens as we work together to protect our only source of clean water.

Friend of the Mahomet Aquifer

Clinton Aquifer Meeting Saturday

A community meeting focused on ways to protect the Mahomet Aquifer is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11. The meeting will take place at the Vespasian Warner Library from 10 a.m. until noon. The meeting will include discussions on current legal procedures, an advisory referendum that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot and opportunities to take action locally and regionally. If you use the Mahomet Aquifer or care about protecting this valuable water resource then this is your community meeting!

Location of the Mahomet Aquifer in Central Illinois

Champaign Aquifer Summit

Mahomet Aquifer Summit in Champaign this Saturday (7/12/14): Call to action and latest information on the efforts to protect the Mahomet Aquifer from possible contamination as a result of toxic wastes including MGP cleanups being dumped in the Clinton Landfill over the aquifer. How did this happen? What can you do to protect your water – and the water for future generations of Central Illinois families, faProtect_the_Aquifer_Droplet_Logorms and businesses? Hear from geological and legal experts, and find out what is being done and how you can help. Also, state and local elected officials will be sharing what they are doing to protect this vital source of water. The meeting, sponsored by the city of Champaign, will be held at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Also, check out this web site for information and ways to get involved: Champaign County Health Care Consumers

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Hundreds Attend Sole Source Hearing

The US EPA Sole Source Aquifer public hearing in Champaign was standing room only – about 300 people attended and many private citizens and public officials shared their support of EPA action to protect the only water source for most of Central Illinois.  People stood in line to express their support and concerns about the aquifer. William Spaulding, the Sole Source Aquifer Coordinator for US EPA Region 5, presented information about the US EPA plans to designate portions of the Mahomet Aquifer system in east-central Illinois as a sole source aquifer prior to the 2 hour public comment section of the meeting. The crowd was vocal in its support of measures needed to protect this invaluable source of clean water. You can make your comment part of the official record by sending it to the US EPA by June 12, 2014.

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Support SSA at Hearings!

Express your support for the Mahomet Aquifer Sole Source Aquifer designation at two public hearings this week. The first meeting is Tuesday in Champaign and the second is Wednesday in Morton. Informational sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and public comments will be heard from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Written/email comments will be accepted by the US EPA until June 12, 2014. Let your voice be heard!

Find more information at http://mahometaquifer.org/sole-source-aquifer-public-hearings/ 

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Morton Hearing at NEW LOCATION

The public hearing where the US EPA will hear your comments about the Sole Source Aquifer designation has moved. The meeting in Morton on May 14 will now be at the Best Western Ashland House Hotel,  201 E Ashland St.  Morton, IL. The Champaign meeting remains the same on May 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., Champaign, IL.  An informational meeting will begin both nights at 6:30 p.m. and the comment portion of the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oral and written comments will be accepted at these public hearings. Plan now to attend and show the US EPA your concern for the Mahomet Aquifer!

 

Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day. Celebrate by taking action to protect our water! Support Sole Source Aquifer designation by the US EPA – submit your comments and attend the public hearings May 13 and May 14. You can sign the petition or send your comments to the EPA. More information on how to do this at SSA info page. Take steps today to save our water for tomorrow!