To the Editor:
The health of the Big Muddy River and Kinkaid Lake are in threat of being compromised.
The first issue being the Pond Creek Mine proposal to build a pipeline from the mine to the Big Muddy River, where up to 3 million gallons/day of unfiltered water would be dumped into the river, which would contain highly elevated levels of chlorides and sulfur. The Hamilton County coal company is buying up to 500,000 gallons per day of Rend Lake water to wash the coal with. The Big Muddy River flows through the Little Grand Canyon and La Rue Pine Hill area, both of which are National Natural Heritage Landmarks.
The Sierra Club and a group of concerned citizens are working together on this issue. If you are interested in getting involved, contact the local Shawnee Sierra Club group or SAFE (Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment). We are currently waiting for an ILEPA hearing to be announced.
The second issue is regarding the Shawnee National Forest's logging proposal for the Buttermilk Hill area on the west side of Kinkaid Lake. They are intending on spraying invasive species with Round-Up or herbicides with similar chemicals. The SNF admits that they can not guarantee that these herbicides will not end up in lake which is the water source for Murphysboro and surrounding towns.
A local group is actively trying to stop this logging project called ShawneeForestDefense!
I urge you to please get informed and get involved.