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Letter about Bonita Underbakke’s comments

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

Letter about Bonita Underbakke’s comments

To the Editor,

We have asked many times for help from the County, Soil & Water and MPCA for help to correct excessive water run off from a rock quarry located in the middle of our farm. This water enters our tillable ground and has caused severe erosion over the last 20 years. We have shown everyone pictures and have many e-mails where we were promised by the county that this would be taken care of.

Some of the work has been done. It was to have been completed in 2009. The contractor has been in violation of his permits ever since the quarry started 40 years ago.

Soil & Water was asked to get involved several years ago. They said they couldn’t do it because they didn’t have software to calculate the runout (sounds fishy to me). What happened to the pencil and calculator? I was told by one of the commissioners that I shouldn’t bother him because he had more important things to do.

The quarry is now a dumping ground for old asphalt. The recent rains eroded the blacktop and there was an oil slick all around the pile. The water exits immediately over the hill into our cattle watering pond. We have asked the commissioners, zoning office and county attorney’s office to have this problem fixed. We have not received one reply from them. The oil slick enters the Dushee Creek and the Root River at Lanesboro.

The owners of the rock quarry have refused to talk to us about this matter. According to the last document we got, the owners to the quarry are in charge of their own CUP. Figure that one out.

Merwood Storhoff

Lanesboro, MN

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