THE MAHOMET AQUIFER WAS GRANTED SOLE SOURCE AQUIFER DESIGNATION
by the US EPA MARCH 11, 2015.
SAVE THE DATE!
Two PUBLIC HEARINGS are scheduled where you can give oral or written comments supporting the sole source designation. They will be held in May in the cities of Champaign and Morton. The informational portion of the session starts at 6:30 p.m. and the public comment begins at 7:30 p.m. Plan now to attend one or both of these meetings to show your support for this important designation of Sole Source Aquifer.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014: Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., Champaign
Wednesday, May 14, 2014: Best Western Ashland House Hotel, 201 E Ashland St., Morton
The US EPA comment period for the proposed approval of the petition to designate the Mahomet Aquifer a Sole Source Aquifer for Central Illinois is open now. Express your support for this added layer of protection for our water source by submitting written comments before June 12, 2014.
You can also show your support for SSA by contacting the US EPA:
William Spaulding, U.S. EPA (WG-15J)
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604-3590
Call Mr. Spaulding at (312)886-9262 or the U.S. EPA at (800)621-8431
(Weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Need more information?
You can find the sole source draft documents and information about the hearings on the U.S. EPA website at www.epa.gov/region5/water/gwdw/index.htm.
You can also examine the documents at these locations:
Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign
Bloomington Public Library 205 E. Olive St., Bloomington
Pekin Public Library, 301 S. Fourth St., Pekin
Havana Public Library, 201 W. Adams St., Havana
Watseka Public Library, 201 S. 4th St., Watseka
U.S. EPA’s Region 5 Office, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
The Safe Drinking Water Act gives the U.S. EPA authority to designate an aquifer as a sole or principal source of drinking water for a specified area. That designation allows EPA to review all federally funded projects within the designated area to ensure they will not contaminate the aquifer.
The Mahomet Aquifer system is an underground layer of water-bearing sand and gravel that fills a wide bedrock valley in all or parts of 14 east-central Illinois counties. The aquifer system is the source of approximately 53 million gallons of water every year for 120 public water systems and thousands of rural wells that serve about a half million people. More than half of the population in east-central Illinois relies on the Mahomet Aquifer system as a source of their drinking water.
You can find more background information on the petition and updates at www.cleanwater4midIL.org