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, farms 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
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.
It’s only a minute long, but check out this exceptional YouTube video from some of the many community leaders that care deeply about the future of the Mahomet Aquifer. We must have a far-reaching plan to preserve this valuable Central Illinois resource. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZq7EGr1Q0Q
Wow, what a great day! It’s energizing to hear our elected officials express their commitment to protecting our valuable water supply in the Mahomet Aquifer. Thanks to State Sen. Mike Frerichs, State Rep. Dan Brady, mayors Laurel Prussing (Urbana), Chris Koos (Normal), Tari Renner (Bloomington), Don Gerard (Champaign), county board chairs Al Kurtz (Champaign), Sherrie Brown (DeWitt), Matt Sorensen (McLean) for taking time from your busy schedules to participate today. Your interest is noted and appreciated! Special thanks to the town of Normal and the city of Bloomington for sponsoring this event. A more complete wrap-up of the day will be posted soon, along with video links and contact information.