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Protect the Middle Fork Campaign

October 1, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Champaign Public Library
200 W Green St, Champaign

October 11, 2018
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Danville Public Library
319 N Vermilion St, Danville

Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative
Andrew Rehn, Prairie Rivers Network

Vistra+Dynegy is hoping agencies will approve their proposal to install a massive riverbank stabilization project next to two coal ash pits in the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion in an attempt to keep the meandering river from eroding banks next to these pits. This would allow them to cap and leave toxic coal ash forever in the floodplain of Illinois’ only National Scenic River. But the magnitude of this project is causing the Illinois EPA, Bureau of Surface Water, to carefully evaluate impacts that could degrade the river

If constructed, the project would place over 22,000 cubic yards of boulders and rip-rap below the ordinary high water line of the Middle Fork along 1900 feet of riverbank; extend over 40 feet into the river channel in some areas; and excavate as much as eight feet of riverbed. Construction would occur over a period of up to 9 months and need to take place when water levels are low, which also is during prime recreation months.

Attend either meeting to:

  • Hear updates on agency review and permitting for riverbank stabilization. This includes review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Park Service.
  • Learn how you can provide meaningful comments on the controversial proposal to cap and leave toxic waste forever in the floodplain of Illinois’ only National Scenic River.
  • Find out what each gubernatorial candidate intends to do to protect the river and economic benefits the river brings to Vermilion County, Danville, and the State of Illinois.

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