December 2018

Bryan Times 12-8-18

650 signed letters mailed to Governor Kasich calling on elected officials to take some action to protect the aquifer.  Quotes from the letter: “Existing Ohio regulatory process through the Ohio EPA and the Ohio DNR does not consider the impact of continuous water withdrawals upon the sustainability of an aquifer.  The current lack of scientific certainty should not be the excuse for postponing measures to protect the aquifer.”

Sherry Fleming: “What we’re saying is the systems in place right now to protect the aquifer are inadequate.”

Lyle Brigle: “You have to start somewhere.  We’re hoping to get the attention of our elected officials.  Our legislators are not doing anything.  We want to put some laws in place to protect the aquifer and protect us.”

Ohio EPA has received an application for one production water well from AOP.  The next step is for the Ohio EPA and ODNR to conduct a site evaluation. Ed Kidston said he has drilled four observation wells to date.  His well site application has been updated to show a test flow rate of 1,800 gallons per minute.

Bryan Times 12-11-18

Update on test wells given to Henry County Regional Water and Sewer Board of Trustees.  They agreed to continue with the plan and wait for further testing.

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“Mike (Gibson) from Eagon (& Associates), who’s our player on the team, said there is an indication that the upper and lower aquifers do tie together somehow, but they’re just not sure exactly how,” he said.  “Both consultants agreed, though, in the meeting that what happens in this well field will not affect the City of Bryan or anybody.”

Baker added Kidston is guaranteeing six to eight million gallons per day could be taken from the aquifer.

“But for all of the players to be involved, we’re talking about 15 million, and Ed’s not in the position with the information he knows right now to be able to supply 15 million, so he’s telling some of the people in the room, you may or may not be able to be involved in this,” Baker said.

Henry County Planning Director Nick Rettig said there are three observation wells in the shallow aquifer and one in the deeper aquifer and  a 70-hour pump test was done at 1,400 gallons per minute on an irrigation well to monitor the effect on the area.

“The draw down was 2 feet and you’ve got a column of water in there of at least 30 feet at minimum,” Baker said, and Rettig added it recovered within a day.

Baker said the entities agreed to continue with the plan and wait for further testing and modeling results, which are expected after the first of the year.  Another issue that’s undetermined at this point is what the transmission costs would be to transport the water back to those communities.

Baker said there is some quality data available on the lower aquifer but nothing on the upper aquifer yet.

“Everything at this point is preliminary and not enough yet to publicize,” Baker said.  “There’s nothing official enough to make an announcement.”

Bryan Times 12-20-18

Northwestern Water and Sewer District gives briefing on all water sources under consideration: Toledo, Bowling Green, and Michindoh.  Tom Borck reported on test wells: “we pumped this (agricultural) well 1,400 gallons a minute for 72 hours.  That 72-hour period showed very little impact on the existing aquifer.  It does show this groundwater source appears to be very robust.  There is a large amount of water there.  The water did not recede and when it di recede it recharged very quickly.  Those are good signs to consider the next step.”

Bryan Times 12-22-18

Williams County Board of Health unanimously passed a resolution which questions “the risks and harms to the public health of large-scale water removal” from the aquifer, and notes the health district “has a responsibility to advocate for the assurance of safe, sustainable drinking water for residents of Williams County.”

The resolution will be forwarded to the state legislature, asking the state to consider that residents within the Michindoh have “the same moral claims as established in the Great Lakes Water Compact, and recognize these claims by prohibiting the removal of water for purposes outside the aquifer.”