The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 9, 2013

Stop sale of water


URBANA — Editor:

The Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District is considering a proposal to sell millions of gallons of water from its treatment plants to a chemical company in Tuscola.

The sale has the potential to reduce the amount of water flowing into the Salt Fork River, one of our area’s most valuable natural resources.

That’s water that the residents of Oakwood need for drinking; water that supports a varied fishery and a population of clams found in only a few east-central Illinois streams; water that helps maintain river levels so canoeists and kayakers can recreate on this delightful stream; water that is always important to the health of the river, but becomes critical during drought years such as the one we’ve just endured.

I urge citizens to contact Diana Lenik, president of the board that governs the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District and tell her to oppose sale of the district’s water to the chemical plant.

Also contact Ralph Langenheim, chair of the Environment and Land Use Committee of the Champaign County Board. Urge him to ensure that the committee vetoes this proposal.

Act now: votes in early June may alter forever the flow of water from the sanitary district into the Salt Fork River.

Dixie Smith Jackson