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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

Support Sole Source EPA Petition

The US EPA has opened the public comment period for the Sole Source Aquifer petition. See our Support EPA Sole Source Approval page for details on the public hearings and how to submit your comment. Please support this important step to protect the Mahomet Aquifer! It really is our sole source of water in Central Illinois.

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!

“Mahomet Aquifer Matters” day in Clinton

Wow, what a great day! We heard from mayors, state senators, a hydrologist and many others about the importance of the aquifer to our entire region. It’s not just drinking water, it’s our entire economy. (Something like 95% of our water comes from the aquifer!) We have to work to keep it protected from all threats of contamination for today but also for our children’s children. So thanks to Senators Frerichs and Rose for taking a stand, and to the mayors of Bloomington, Normal, Urbana and Champaign for showing us you are making this a priority in your communities. Keep up the good work!

We heard about the Sole Source Aquifer application – what that is and where it currently stands with the US EPA. Be ready for a public comment hearing in the near future. We’ll need every voice to be heard! We also learned more about the  complaint before the Illinois Pollution Control Board concerning the chemical waste landfill in DeWitt County.

One more thing: it’s important for EVERYONE to get involved and stand up for our water! How can you help? There is a place for every skill and every willing hand or voice to be used. Contact us to keep informed about the latest efforts and what you can do.