Here’s what was included in the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County’s most recent email:
Friends of the Fox River Action Alert – Comments needed by Jan 9
I am contacting you regarding a very time-sensitive matter. You have a real opportunity to protect and defend the river by sending your letter this week.
The Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency are requesting public comments on the proposed Longmeadow Parkway Toll Bridge bythis Saturday, January 9, 2016.
The Friends of the Fox River is asking that the Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency deny their respective permits at this time, because this project no longer is able to meet its “purpose and need” (use these terms).
If not that action, then we request a new Environmental Impact Statement, and the opportunity for a public hearing to demonstrate the many concerns with the application.
Our organization does not support this project because of its certain impacts upon water quality, natural resources (refer to links for more complete explanation), and outdoor recreation opportunities.
The riverine area has been deemed some of the highest quality habitat in the county.
Inaccurate predictions of traffic congestion, population growth, and economic development are adequate evidence that this project no longer meets its purpose and need.
It lacks local support, adequate funding, and may also be violating several legal factors.
This won’t take long, and is a very important action.
The agencies take our comments seriously, and previous comments have already impacted the development of this project. Here are links to tools so that you can submit your letter as soon as possible – NOTE: letters that are exactly the same will be counted as one letter, please revise a sample letter to make it your own.http://www.stoplongmeadow.com/
- Impact Assessment (link)
- Talking Points (link)
- Sample letters (link)
- Friends of the Fox River letter (link)
- Army Corps of Engineers Public Comment From G. Swick (link)
There are only two main requirements for your letter, include:
1) Regarding the Longmeadow Parkway, COE#2013-00839, IEPA
2) Your name and address.
Rarely are we able to make this important of an impact upon the health of our river. Let’s make it together!
Thank you for taking action to protect the Fox River,
President, Friends of the Fox River
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I continue to be in a state of disbelief that local village and county officials would try to inflict another tollway on area residents.
Assuming there is a need, the bridge should be free to motorists.