Feb 22 – The Mahomet Aquifer is the main source of water for towns north of Maroa and Piatt County as well as a backup supply for Decatur. Senator Chapin Rose and other community members make up the Mahomet Aquifer Task Force to protect the water supply through various efforts.
The Task Force gathered on Friday afternoon for the first time in Decatur. Rose said it was mainly for organizational purposes and they plan to meet monthly to discuss how to protect that water supply. Rose mentioned there have been instances where the water supply was compromised. “There was a gas storage leak and a bunch of natural gas was piped into the water supply for a number of my constituents. That is an emergency situation,” said Rose. He also said there are concerns about landfills that have closed and have groundwater that is not being monitored.
Rose said the Task Force wants to address these issues through a variety of efforts. “It could be through legislation. It could be through other forms like public education for example. This is for us to identify threats and positive steps we can take to protect our water supply.” While the main group- which includes Mayor Julie Moore-Wolfe and other local leaders- will gather monthly, they will also have breakout sessions to address individual efforts in smaller groups according to Rose. The senator thought even though the first meeting was mainly for planning purposes, he was confident in their ability to find ways to protect the water supply that is important to people throughout Central Illinois.