In the Daily Herald, July 14, 2008
Digging out in Harvard: Score one for the
A state appeals court ruled last week that Harvard
officials improperly approved plans for a gravel mine on 792 acres near
the city's northwest border because they did not first consult with the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The unanimous ruling, which upheld a 2007 decision by a
McHenry County judge, is a victory for the McHenry County Defenders, a
local conservation group hoping to put a halt to mining operations until
more study of its environmental impact can be done.
The Defenders sued Harvard trying to block the city's
deal to allow mining by Meyer Material Co. the suit claimed, among other
things, that the city did not adhere to a state requirement that it
consult with the DNR before allowing mining operations.
In particular, the group cited concerns about the
mining's impact on the Blanding's turtle and slippershell mussel, two
threatened species found on the site. Questions also surfaced over how
the work would affect the nearby Becks Woods and Piscasaw Creek nature