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Location of the Mahomet Aquifer in Central Illinois

Champaign Co. Mahomet Aquifer Summit

Join others who share your concerns about protecting the quality of Central Illinois’ primary source of clean water! The Champaign County Mahomet Aquifer Summit takes place this Saturday, July 12 at the Champaign Public Library from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  It’s your chance to hear from concerned citizens and community leaders about ways you can take action to protect your water.

People wait in line to express support of SSA to EPA

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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Mahomet Aquifer Map

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/ 

Mahomet Aquifer Map

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!

World Water Day

3/22/14 is World Water Day. How secure is your water? We need to protect and preserve our valuable sources of clean water, and create a sustainability plan to ensure it for our children’s children. When we look at the scarcity of water worldwide it makes our Mahomet Aquifer just that much more precious. This resource deserves every layer of protection we can devise. Conserve and protect this amazing, irreplaceable water source!

See how World Water Day 2014 is being recognized across the globe and explore the water-food-energy connection. http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/home/en/ 

You can support the US EPA Sole Source Aquifer designation with your comments now and attend public hearings May 13 and 14. See the US EPA information on their website at http://www.epa.gov/r5water/gwdw/mahomet/index.htm

McLean County Aquifer Summit

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.

Mahomet Aquifer Summit

Meeting to discuss potential risks to the Mahomet Aquifer at a summit meeting in Normal, Il, on 2/22/14: The town of Normal and city of Bloomington are hosting a summit to address the latest issues concerning the placement of a toxic PCB waste dump site over the Mahomet Aquifer in Central Illinois. The Area Disposal landfill near Clinton continues to seek a special US EPA permit to accept the higher concentrations of PCB’s in their municipal solid waste landfill. The meeting will also update the status of the Sole Source Aquifer Designation application. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Uptown Station in Normal. In addition to engineering and legal discussions,  citizen advocates and elected officials will also participate in the summit. See you there!