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October 1, 2014, 9:36 am
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More Studies Needed In Quest for Hunter Lake


The City of Springfield is finishing up some analysis to answer questions about the capital city's gravel pits before it can move forward with any plans concerning Hunter Lake.

 

One question contractor Layne Hydro required the city to answer is how pulling water from various gravel pits will affect other wells throughout the area, according to City Water Light and Power Water Division Manager Ted Meckes.

 

A recent completed study says that there is enough water in the area's dozen gravel pits, but they didn't look into the impacts on other water supplies.

 

The second lake, also known as Hunter Lake, has been discussed for decades and the city says the permit with the US Army Corps of Engineers is inactive.

 

A recent demand analysis said that Springfield could use 12 million gallons a day in case of severe drought and a second lake would provide for nearly double that, according to Meckes.

 

Alderman Kris Theilen requested the update to get a synopsis for constituents urging aldermen to break ground without the necessary approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

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