Protection of County’s Groundwater Front and Center Saturday

The Natural Resources Defense Council provides this map showing counties that will have water problems in 2050, assuming no climate change.

The Natural Resources Defense Council provides this map showing counties that will have water problems in 2050, assuming climate change.

A while back I sat down with a reader for a talk at Conscious Cup Coffee.

We discussed county politics and problems.

I concluded that the availability of drinking water was the biggest problem facing the county.

Tuesday in an article on pipelines I tried to raise consciousness about the possibility of a pipeline oil leak similar to the one that occurred recently in southwestern Michigan.

I remember that pipelines were being laid when I was county treasurer.

That’s more than 40 years ago.

It’s a safe bet that pipeline safety was not a good then as with more recently laid pipelines.

This map shows the hazardous liquid pipeline running through McHenry County.

Below is the press release about the seminar:


WOODSTOCK, IL – Future generations of McHenry County residents, businesses, and governments could face a potentially crippling water shortage.

To address this issue and begin to educate the general public, Imagine McHenry County, and McHenry County College will bring county water resource specialists, educators, plumbing experts, religious professionals, and landscapers together for a free Water Forum and Resource Fair on Saturday morning, August 7.

This will be an opportunity to learn about our sole source of drinking water – groundwater – and how to protect it.

The Forum will highlight local businesses whose practices and products work to protect and conserve our finite water supply. Vendors will offer products and services.

“Water is personal, water is local, water is regional, water is statewide. Everybody has a different idea, a different approach, a different issue, a different concern, but water is the most personal issue we have,”

said award-winning journalist Susan J. Marks in a recent interview.

Here's a map I found showing how water could be piped from the Great Lakes region west, south and southwest.

The Forum’s organizers hope that everyone will become better informed about the basic science and economics involved in protecting our water supply, and learn simple and practical ways to make a big difference.

The Water Forum and Resource Fair on Saturday, August 7, will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the McHenry County College, Conference Room, 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, Illinois.  The public is encouraged to visit the vendor tables both before the event and during break.

Imagine McHenry County (IMC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of a grass roots planning process for quality growth countywide.  To learn more about this event and other initiatives of IMC, please see the IMC Facebook page or contact County Board Member, Barbara Wheeler, 815-245-4556.

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