Just when you think this dinosaur might actually go extinct, it rears its ugly head. I am writing to ask for your support and for that of the members of your groups/organizations. Specifically, I seek notification of your members of this pressing environmental concern, and everyone’s input regarding planning for a large and critically important public hearing which has now been scheduled.
CWLP has decided once again to press ahead with the permit process for Hunter Dam. CWLP needs two permits: one from Illinois EPA (effect of dam on water quality) and one from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (to impound waters by building a dam).
The last public hearing – a joint hearing sponsored by IEPA and the U.S. ACE – will be held on December 3, 2008 at UIS Brookens Auditorium, beginning at 3 p.m., running until 5:00 p.m., then a break for supper, and resuming again (I believe) at 7:00 p.m. I will pass on the details as they become available.
Both the IEPA and ACE will also allow, and concentrate heavily on, WRITTEN COMMENTS submitted within a specified deadline ( I do not know what that is at present – usually within 30 days of the end of the hearing). The public hearing itself presents a superb opportunity for the environmental community to make its voice heard on this issue.
I am writing to you all with the hope that we can hold a meeting within the next 2-3 weeks of any and all interested folks, with notice to the environmental community at large and to your mailing lists, to prepare for this opportunity. I can reserve the library or some similar convenient location.
Citizens for Sensible Water Use has lots of factual information we have gathered and distilled over the years. We are working hard right now on a document that addresses every position taken in FAVOR of building the dam with factual information that rebuts each and every point. At a public hearing, it is essential that the opposition comes armed to the teeth. Each speaker will get five minutes, no more. Every speaker and every group should send written comments.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU THINK MY MEETING IDEA IS A GOOD ONE. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any actual organizing; my rabble rousing on the issue is fine, but this requires some help and expertise from respected folks such as yourselves, and the dedicated members of the organizations. We am open to anything you folks suggest!
Donald J. Hanrahan
Citizens For Sensible Water Use
1119 S. Sixth
Springfield, IL 62703