There could soon be another place to hunt deer in western Illinois
A water resource specialist believes a great deal has been done to clean up the Spring Lake watershed in western Illinois.
Macomb Alderman At Large Thomas Koch is not convinced the city should be paying the park district to manage Spring Lake and Spring Lake Park.
The Macomb Police Department is honoring three Western Illinois University students who tried to rescue a man at Spring Lake.
The City of Macomb has taken steps to ensure the water continues to flow this summer despite the drought.
Mayor Mike Inman said water from one of the city's deep wells is being pumped into Spring Lake, which is the city's water source.
“The water manager started pumping from one of our deep wells the first week of July,” Inman said.
“We're pumping roughly 800 gallons a minute from that deep well into the lake, trying to maintain the water level there.”
The city has two deep wells. Both are at Spring Lake.
The city plans to lay out 100 new camp sites to the south and west of the existing campgrounds at Spring Lake Park.
City Administrator Dean Torreson told aldermen the development can be done in stages.
“Maybe 20 at a time or something like that, 25 at a time as we can afford it and as the market can absorb it,” Torreson said.
A city memo said once the project is completed, the city will rework some existing sites. That project will include installation of new utility lines.