Thirty neighbors, in the form of ever-expanding Chicago suburbs, have some rural residents and environmentalists looking to protect their water supplies.

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, dairy producer Linnea Kooistra and others are taking the necessary steps to create the Kishwaukee Valley Water Authority.  If approved by voters in April, the Authority would control how much water can be removed from the underground water supply in the mostly rural counties of Boone, DeKalb, and in part of McHenry county.

Rural areas realize that any development in the area whether it is subdivisions or industrial in nature will seek to tap into their underground water supply. And currently there are no laws — state or county — that regulates how much water can be taken from the ground, or who may tap into the supply.

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