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Comments & Questions About Building Hunter Lake

 

Large areas of mud flats in the summer months are a real possibility for Hunter Lake if it is built.

 

 

 

IEPA Public Hearing Regarding  the Proposed Hunter Lake & Dam, December 4, 2008

Comments & Questions from Jim Johnston, President

Sustainable Springfield Inc.

Comments:

Sustainable springfield Inc. is a grass roots not for profit corporation that acts as an information sharing network for sustainable environmental practices including water conservation. We advocate, for example, the use of rain barrels that store roof run off rain water for lawn and garden watering.

Given this time of economic uncertainty, and by CWLP’s own account the least costly and least environmental damaging solutiion for the future water needs for the city is piping of water from the Buckhart gravel pits combined with wells drilled as needed within the Sangamon River Valley. Indeed this option was cited by the Army Corps of Engineers as a feasable alternative in lieu of constructing Hunter Lake.

It is strongly suggested that CWLP and the IEPA investigagte this option thoroughly prior to proceeding further with submitting the construction of Hunter Lake before the Springfield City Council for approval.

Questions:

  1. To what extent has CWLP and IEPA considered the actual population growtyh rate od Springfield and the surrounding areas in computing its future water demands? has CWLP and IEPA taken into account that in 2000 the actual service population was 167,500 requiring 22.3 MGD and not the 196,000 demanding 43.8 MGD as projected in a study conducted in 1972?
  2. How thoroughly has CWLP and IEPA considered alternative options to building Hunter Lake especially the water supply potential from Buckhart gravel pits and the Sangamon River Valley wells?
  3. To what extent has CWLP and IEPA considered that future water needs that are being phased out or eliminated including a ethanol plant in Waverly, and the fact that the City of Chatham is in the process of securing its water from aquifers and wells, and no longer Lake Springfield?
  4. To what extent has CWLP and IEPA considered the fact that dry dumping fly ash from the current electrical generating facilities is to be phased out when the new power station comes on line thus saving a much as 9.2 MGD of Lake Springfield Water.
  5. Has CWLP and IEPA considered the impact of a new lake on the sewer systems of the cities of Pawnee, Divernon and Virden, and has it factored in a cost to compensate these municipalities for  new waste water treatment facilities accordingly?
  6. has CWLP and IEPA considered the cost involved of relocating the newly installed segment of the Rockiies Express natural Gas Pipeline that cuts across the proposed Hunter Lake site?
  7. To what extent has CWLP and IEPA established that waster taken form a new Hunter Lake be free of contaminants?
  8. has CWLP and IEPA investigated thoroughly the annual creation of mud flats due to evaporation especially during the summer months of Hunter lake?
  9. To what does CWLP and IEPA intend to enforce water conservation in times of drought such as banning lawn watering, golf course watering and car washing among other means. Has CWLP and IEPA come up with an estimate taht such conservation measures will have on water demands?
  10. Has CWLP and IEPA taken into account the fact that the gravel pits offers expansion capabilities via increased mining thus creating larger reservoiers in the future?
  11. Has CWLP and IEPA taken into account that supplemental wells can be drilled along the Sangamon River Valley on a “case needs” basis and not all at one time?
  12. Has CWLP and IEPA considered the destruction of of the natural habitat and the historic cultural resources on the land including the Brunk farm that building Hunter Lake would destroy? Has an archaeological survey of the land been conducted?
  13. Has CWLP and IEPA considered that other land uses such as a nature preserve and an out door activities center for the current property that is intended for Hunter Lake?

Conclusion:

At this time we urge that IEPA deny the permit for the construction of Hunter Lake and Dam.

 

 

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