Even though Ed Kidston, (Mayor of Pioneer, OH, and CEO of Artesian of Pioneer) questions whether the Michindoh Aquifer even exists, his company is drilling test wells in it. See the Bryan Times Nov. 13, 2018 article for details. Please note that these “test wells” do not need to be regulated by any Ohio agency. Only when they are slated to become “production wells” do they fall under the oversight of agencies whose mission it is to protect our water supply. So, in the meantime, are the drillers licensed? Do they follow accepted practices in drilling and capping off wells to prevent contamination or run-off?
Those were the words included in a statement by Ed Kidston, Mayor of Pioneer, OH, and CEO of Artesian of Pioneer during the November 12 council meeting. First, he asked if anyone could verify that a contract had been signed indicating something was happening with the Michindoh aquifer. Then he asked, “Does the Michindoh aquifer even exist?” The third question was whether anyone could tell him whether a well drilled 20 miles away would harm the citizens of Pioneer. For a complete report on the council meeting, see The Toledo Blade.
It might be a good idea for Mr. Kidston to attend the presentation by Dr. Jeremy Rentz on Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30 – 8:30 in the Pioneer Community Center. His talk is titled “Effects of large water withdrawals on the Michindoh aquifer.” Dr. Rentz is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Trine University. I’m sure he would be able to answer the question whether the Michindoh aquifer even exists.
We are left to wonder why anyone who has repeatedly stated his intention to sell Michindoh Aquifer water to communities to the east would now be questioning its very existence!
Williams County Alliance Presents “Effects of large water withdrawals on the Michindoh aquifer” by Dr. Jeremy Rentz, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, Trine University, Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Pioneer Community Center. Q&A will follow the presentation. For a flyer describing the event, go to “What Can You Do? – Jeremy Rentz, PhD”
With all of Lucas County precincts reporting results, the measure passed with a 70% vote. This is an opportunity for the suburban communities to join with Toledo to set water rates that are fair and equitable. For more information, see What Toledo is Offering
I was in error. Brian Davis was the one incumbent who did respond to the survey. His information was included in my blog (below) and in the Williams County Alliance information.
The Nov. 1 Bryan Times showed the results of a survey sent to all candidates for state office. The survey asked five questions:
- Do you believe groundwater is a public resource that should not be sold for profit?
- Do you agree that large water withdrawals from the Michindoh Aquifer to locations outside the aquifer boundaries should be prohibited?
- Should state law provide for local control and management of aquifers?
- Would you vote to direct public funds to local projects such as community drinking water infrastructure and groundwater monitoring?
- If elected, what would you do to protect the Michindoh Aquifer?. They are ignoring our concerns about the safety of our Michindoh Aquifer. See the answers given by their competitors here.
Only one of the incumbents replied to the Survey. That was Brian Davis, currently Williams County Commissioner. Neither of our Columbus-based legislators responded. We have another approach: contact the Governor! We want to flood his office with hard copies of letters from residents of NW Ohio concerned about our sole source of water. To understand the impact, consider if we had a piece of paper for every signature on our petition? We would have 7,000 pieces of paper! We think that might get his attention.
So, please, make copies of the letter, get them signed, and either mail them to Williams County Alliance, P.O. Box 291, Bryan, OH 43506 or drop them off at Partee’s Carpet & Floor Covering, 225 W. Butler, Bryan.
Bryan’s Director of Utilities Kevin M. Maynard wrote an informative article which appeared in the Bryan Times, Oct. 16, 2018. He explained the structure of the aquifer under Williams County, pointing out that its source is a “chain of lakes” extending from Angola, Indiana, to Hillsdale, Michigan. He also referred to a USGS study which reported recharge rates in the county ranging from 2 – 8 inches, based on an average annual rainfall of 34 inches.
There are many statements by Ed Kidston which seem to be in conflict with this information.