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Thanks to a central Illinois lawmaker, the future of one of the state’s most important sources of water could soon have a new organization tasked with guiding and protecting its future. 

 

State Sen. Chapin Rose recently advanced legislation to create a permanent Mahomet Aquifer Council. On the WHOW Morning Show Thursday, Sen. Rose told Regional Radio News Senate Bill 2515 would create the new Mahomet Aquifer Council. The panel would contain members and representatives from a broad range of governmental organizations and stakeholders.

 

 

According to Sen. Rose, a few years ago he was able to coordinate the Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force (MAPTF), which did some amazing work that leads to several important pieces of legislation to protect local drinking water.  He explains the Mahomet Aquifer Council will use the MAPTF’s work as a jumping-off point to begin planning for the future protection of Illinois’ only sole source aquifer.

 

 

The Mahomet Republican discussed his vision for ground-penetrating radar over the entirety of the aquifer and get a good idea of the geological structures. He believes this would benefit so many sectors of the economy.

 

 

Sen. Rose’s legislation passed the Senate’s State Government Committee on April 14th and now awaits approval by the full Senate.

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