Thursday, June 26, 2008

Water, water, everywhere...nor any drop to drink

Lindenhurst running dry :: News Sun :: News: "Lindenhurst village engineer Wes Welsh is recommending the village drill another shallow well and possibly look at building another water storage facility to ensure adequate water supply until the village taps into Lake Michigan water. The village joined the Northern Lake County Lake Michigan Water Planning Group last year and although bringing lake water west is feasible, the group doesn't have the final OK from the state on the project...The biggest hurdle to the Lake Michigan water project is receiving approval and lake water allocation from the IDNR. Welsh is hoping to see that final report and subsequent approval by fall, and it won't be until then that the village will make the decision to either shut down its wells and tap into Lake Michigan water, or keep operating its own municipal well water system."
I would have thought the wells were full after all the rain we have had this year, but apparently that is not the case. State approval of the Lake Michigan water is a question mark, and that is troublesome. I'm sure Lindenhurst is playing by the rules all the way, and in some cases that has not been the way to succeed under the Blagojevich administration, which is a "pay to play" regime. In other words, I wonder if this is one of those situations where you have to grease the appropriate Blagojevich appointee(s) in order get the state to approve the project, as with hospital siting and investment of public employee pension funds. With Rezko out of commission, it must be hard for the crooks to know who to bribe. I hope our honest city government is dealt with fairly by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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