Letters Corps seeks public input

To the editor:

The US Army Corps of Engineers at the Gavins Point Project is planning a stakeholder's workshop to gain input related to several nationwide initiatives. These initiatives include recreation area modernization, preparations for the Lewis and Clark Commemoration, and visitor center upgrades.

This meeting will be an informing and listening process for us to obtain public feedback and opinions on these issues and other developments citizens would like to see in corps managed areas. Residents may meet with corps officials at the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center located on the bluff above the Gavins Point Powerplant on Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. for this workshop. The center is handicapped accessible and refreshments will be provided. People unable to attend may stop by the visitor center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Aug. 8 to express their views.

Those who cannot attend on Aug. 8 are encouraged to send written comments to: Stakeholder's Workshop, Gavins Point Project, PO Box 710, Yankton, SD 57078. Workshop comments will be accepted through Aug. 25.

People may also give Lake Manager Gary Ledbetter a call at 402-667-7873 ext. 3001 if they have any questions regarding the stakeholder's workshop.


David A. Becker

Operations Manager

Gavins Point Project Clay County residents: Take a stand

To the editor:

This is an open letter to Clay Rural Water customers and to all interested Clay County residents:

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the county commissioners' meeting, there is scheduled a public hearing of the first reading of Ordinance #00-04. This is a zoning change from A-1 (Agricultural District) to I-2 (Industrial District). The area covered is the land more commonly known as "Seven-Mile Station."

The first zoning change did NOT take place. This was to change the land from Ag to Commercial. It has now been re-submitted to make the change from Ag to Industrial 2. The site is where a proposed chemical and fertilizer distribution center would be constructed.

This plant (or any other industrial activity) would be in a location where there could be contamination of the Clay Rural Water aquifer. The location has a natural drainage with the potential to carry future spills or releases to the Clay Rural Water aquifer.

In addition to the possibility of water contamination, air pollution problems could exist and break-ins to the plant by persons desirous of using the materials for illegal purposes.

Did you know that once an aquifer is contaminated, it can never be cleaned up?

Also worth mentioning is the fact that Clay County does NOT have a well head protection ordinance.

More questions ? What happens if the plant fails? The land is still open to heavy industrial business, which in turn, has a domino effect, heavier truck and machinery traffic, road repair ? who will pay for this? What if a parcel of land is sold to yet another big industry?

As a resident of this county and a Clay Rural Water customer, I urge all concerned parties to call your rural water board and/or the Clay County Commissioners and ask them to stand against the rezoning. There are already industrial areas made for this purpose. Ag land should remain just that, for agriculture production. Remember the 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 meeting at the commissioners' meeting room in the Clay County Courthouse, Vermillion. Let your voices be heard.


Vikki Eilts


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