“On October 8, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at Lincoln Library’s Carnegie Room, Citizens for Sensible Water Use (CSWU) presents a detailed and compelling case opposing the construction of Hunter Lake. We invite you to join us.
“City officials at City Water Light and Power are plunging ahead with their plans to obtain a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, despite overwhelming evidence that no new water supply is really needed, and even if one was, that Hunter Dam is by far the most expensive and most environmentally disastrous alternative. Only a well-informed citizen opposition can stop this fiscally irresponsible, destructive project that will double our water rates, inundate 1500 acres of forest, eradicate many acres of valuable natural wetlands and ruin historic sites.
“We support securing enough clean water to allow for Springfied’s future growth and development. This can be done without a costly and pernicious dam. We can show you how!
“You will be treated to a professional Power Point presentation which examines the history of the Hunter Dam controversy, studies the wildly inaccurate projections of water demand used by proponents of the dam in efforts to justify it over the past 40 years, analyses real needs and current water yield data, summarizes the alternatives in the event an additional water supply really is needded in the future and reviews the contradictory and confusing positions taken by the City of Springfield government over the decades. Perhaps most compelling of all, this presentation will take you to the land as it is today – something most people have never seen. You will see for yourself the natural beauty and the historically significant sites that proponents want to flood and foerever destroy with another muddy reservoir that isn’t even needed in the first place.
“After the presentation, we invite you to help us discuss what an incredible opportunity this community has to protect and preserve thousands of acres for the future. We hope you will help our cause by expanding your knowledge and volunteering to do your part to STOP HUNTER DAM NOW, and forever.
“Please join our presenters Bruce Semans, M.D., Donald J. Hanrahan, Attorney at Law, and Clark W. Bullard, Professor of Engineering (UIUC). Other members will be on hand to answer questions.
“Very truly yours,
The letter, quoted except for spelling out some abbreviations, came to me Friday. If they had a web site, I’d list it here. They do not. Their address is noted at the end of this posting. I will attend this meeting, and I hope you will too. It’s on a Monday. Anything you need to do that early in the week can live until Tuesday, don’t you think?
Citizens for Sensible Water Use is not a bunch of pot breathing, flower eating hippies from UIS; not that there’s anything wrong with them. They are responsible adults. I respect that. You should respect that as well.
It’s important to understand that in a country where we are being SOLD so much more than we need to live heathy, warmly and contentedly, Hunter Lake ranks at the top of the local snake oil list. Saturday night’s TV news featured a story how we KNOW the citizens of Springfield will need a revitalized, expanded water treatment facility (five year lead time anticipated to make it happen) and that alone is going to crank up our water rates.
Developers are like legislators: if they run out of “new goods” to turn over, to generate capital, to generate activity, their money lies stagnant, the way the focus of legislators lies stagnant when there are no a back-room fights and superfluous legislation being passed.
Case in point: anti-bacterial cleansers. “Anti-bacterial” is the new sensation for counter top, toilet and hand soap developers. There are millions of mothers (real mothers, not deletable explitive euphemisms) who would spend the rest of their lives in shame if the juice from a piece of raw chicken dropped accidentally on the counter on its way to the frying pan killed even one of her children, or if Johny put his finger into his mouth after washing his hands with a soap that did not have ANTI-BACTERIAL magic. If her dear child caught the flu and died before he could fight those pesky al Quaeda making mayhem in Jerome, she would be horribly chagrined. Yet, we are told in the Sunday SJ-R Parade Magazine health column that anti-bacterial cleansers do not prevent disease. SUR-FRIKKING-PRISE! Hunter Lake is like anti-bacterial soap. It is an expensive solution which will engage millions of dollars in motion between developers and other beneficiaries who sashay in shadows, for which there is no problem. It is fabrication. It is contrived. It is an insult to the citizens of Springfield. It must not happen!
As Jimmie Dodd used to sing with his legion of idealistic club members, “Wiggle your ears, like good Mouseketeers.” and attend the October 8 meeting. I hope to see you there.
Citizens for Sensible Water Use
1528 N. 4th St.
Springfield, IL 62702
Live long . . . . . and proper.