South county farmer warns of future flooding
By Kitty Conley email@example.com June 25, 2013 11:38AM
Updated: June 27, 2013 3:19PM
CROWN POINT — At the end of the Lake County Drainage Board meeting on June 19, the floor was opened for public comment.
Soft-spoken West Creek farmer Bill Peterson took the opportunity to tell the board that it should pay attention to the following of directives, or not, of the quarries in West Creek Township.
One concern is setbacks, particularly the piling of dirt right to the property line. When rain washes this into regulated drains, silt builds up and the water level raises and impacts county bridges, Peterson said.
“What worries me more is the quarry in Eagle Creek,” Peterson said.
In Eagle Creek Township the quarry is going to be draining its water into Singleton Ditch. According to Peterson, that drainage ditch was planned for agricultural runoff 100 years ago.
He suggested charging for the added water flow for the quarry in Eagle Creek Township, based on gallons put into the ditch.
He farms over 900 acres along the Kankakee River.