What are they thinking in Lasalle County? To approve such a mining operation right next to Starved Rock State Park is not a good idea no matter how it is looked at. Please heed the Illinois Chapter Sierra Club's action and contact Lasalle county board before the January 12th open meeting.Sierra Club Illinois Save Starved Rock
LaSalle County's natural areas and Starved Rock are unique assets that not only offer a chance to experience Illinois' natural heritage, but are also a strong economic engine for the County as well. The Mississippi Sand proposal jeopardizes both these unique natural resources and the attractiveness of this outdoor recreation attraction.
Starved Rock State Park and the rare salt marshes in and around the proposed mine site provide valuable habitat for a wide array of plant and animal life that will be directly and indirectly impacted by mining activity.
Furthermore, over two million people visit Starved Rock State Park each year providing LaSalle County businesses with customers and local governments with revenues. This positive economic activity is based entirely on the experience of the visitor as they step out of their car into the beautiful canyons and listen to the sound of the waterfalls cascade. An active mine brings loud machinery, dust pollution and ceaseless truck traffic.
A mine adjacent to the park won't just scare off wildlife, but will lower park visitation rates and diminish the economic benefits LaSalle County receives thanks to its beautiful natural areas.
Jobs and economic development are needed in LaSalle County but the location of this proposed mine threatens Starved Rock State Park, one of the County's primary economic engines, and contradicts the county's priorities for preserving natural areas and productive farmland.Controversy grows over proposed sand mine near Starved Rock-Springfield-The State Journal-Register
“Many of use feel it will have a negative effect on Starved Rock,” said John McKee of the Starved Rock Audubon Society. “The mine will be right next to Illinois, Ottawa and Kaskaskia canyons.
“And there will be blasting and dust, and light pollution to disrupt night migrating birds,” he said. “This particular mine is the wrong placeMike Nowak Starved Rock Sand Mine conversation
Jack Darin, Illinois Sierra Club Director, talks to Mike about a proposed open pit sand mine adjacent to Starved Rock State Park that would seriously affect the environmentla aesthetics of the the park. They are joined by LaSalle county residents Mike Phillips and Debbie Burns, who testified in a recent LaSalle County Zoning meeting against the project. Should you wish to voice your objection to the mine, you can log onto this Illinois Sierra Club web page.Sunday January 8th
listen to this weeks show as Mike Nowak again takes up the issue of a sand mine permit at the east entrance to Starved Rock State Park. If you miss the show check back for the archived audio version.
With the full board's vote scheduled for Thursday, January 12, LaSalle county residents have started to organize opposition to the proposed Mississippi Sand LLC operation. A number of those people are joining me on the show today: John McKee, President of the the Starved Rock Audubon Society; Daphne Mitchell of the Illinois River Coordinating Council; Joseph Standing Bear from Midwest Soarring Foundation; Merlin Calhoun, whose LaSalle county property is in the firing line of the proposed sand mine; Tracy Fox, activist and technical writer, who reportedly spoke eloquently but futilely at the zoning board meeting; Katie Dumke Troccoli, who is helping to organize a rally against the decision tomorrow in Ottawa; and perhaps more.
Listen to Mike Nowak and guests discussing the issue.1-8-12 Mike Nowak Show podcast Save Starved Rock
Rally held in Ottawa Sunday 1-8-12...news video.1-8-12 Rally Ottawa Illinois Save Starved RockRally youtube video
Mr. Jerry Hicks, ChairmanLaSalle County Board
707 East Etna RoadOttawa, IL 61350
Starved Rock State Park area legislators:
Representative Frank J. Mautino
221 East Saint Paul StreetSpring Valley, Illinois 61362
Telephone: 815-664-2717Fax: 815-663-1629
Representative Pam Roth
3605 North State Route 47, Suite FP.O. Box 808Morris, Illinois 60450
Telephone: 815-416-1475Fax: 815-416-1476
Senator Sue Rezin
103 Fifth StreetP.O. Box 260Peru, Illinois 61354
Telephone: 815-220-8720Fax: 815-220-8721
Statewide:Governor Pat Quinn,
207 State Capitol Springfield,Illinois 62707
Telephone: 217-782-0244 Fax: 217-524-4049Chicago Tribune finally notices what is going on at Starved Rock State Park.
Chicago Tribune starved-rock-sand-mine-
Local citizens, farmers and environmentalists fight for the land.
Read the letter from Lt Gov Sheila Simon to Lasalle county board chairman and members, requesting a postponement of Jan 12th 2012 meeting of the board. Scroll down at link for the entire letter.Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon on Starved Rock The Mike Nowak Show
BREAKING NEWS: Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is requesting that the LaSalle County Board postpone its decision on whether to allow an open pit sand mine next to Starved Rock State Park. She states, "...the public, including the staff members in my office, should be afforded an opportunity to thoroughly review the public record." This, in the wake of news that only THREE people will be allowed to testify at tomorrow's board meeting. The full letter is posted on my website.Chicago Tribune Sand mine near Starved Rock State Park gets OK by Lasalle county board today 1-12-12