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To the editor:
In 2005, Logan County withdrew 7 million gallons of
water per day from the Mahomet Aquifer. More water will be needed in
The Mahomet Aquifer is a precious water resource that Logan
County shares with other counties. The aquifer is a thick layer of
sand and gravel some 200 feet below the surface, filling an old
bedrock valley extending from the Indiana border across to the
Illinois River. Groundwater is stored under pressure in pore spaces
between sand grains.
Near the center of pumping in Champaign County, elevations of
water levels in wells have decreased by up to 100 feet since the
In June, a Regional Water Supply Planning Committee issued a
report that is a product of a three-year pilot study to implement an
executive order issued by the governor. The pilot study was
organized by the Mahomet Aquifer Consortium through a grant from the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
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The Mahomet Aquifer Consortium is a grass-roots committee
representing diverse interest groups in Logan County and 14 other
counties. The report examines water demand and water supply
information to 2050 and develops a regional plan with
The Regional Water Supply Planning Committee calls for all
communities and industries to share the management of water
resources and protect the environment. I invite you to become a
member of the Mahomet Aquifer Consortium and help shape your future.
Reports and contact information are available at
Susan J. Adams, Mahomet Aquifer Consortium member and vice chair
of the Illinois Water Authority Association.
October 10, 2009]
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