Hundreds upset after council doesn't take stand on Michindoh Aquifer debate

The council failed to pass a resolution opposing Artesian of Pioneer's plan to sell water from the Michindoh Aquifer to communities near Toledo.

Posted: Aug 13, 2018 11:44 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2019 9:26 PM

PIONEER, Ohio (WFFT) - Hundreds of people are disappointed in Pioneer, Ohio's city council.

The council failed to pass a resolution opposing Artesian of Pioneer's plan to sell water from the Michindoh Aquifer to communities near Toledo.

The aquifer is under nine counties in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

AOP's CEO is Pioneer's mayor, Ed Kindson.

"Everyone needs water. Water is a precious resource," he told FOX 55.

Pioneer councilman Al Kwader introduced the resolution Monday night, however it failed after no other council members seconded the motion.

The nearly 150 people in the audience were outraged and most stormed out of the meeting.

"I just feel let down," Kwader said.

The municipalities near Toledo currently buy their water from the Glass City and Lake Erie but are looking for different sources after several years of aglal blooms on the lake.

Kidston said it's not a done deal and several tests still need to be done.

"We have to prove we have control of the land underneath of where we are going to be drawing from. That's done through various step tests," he said.

However, the roughly 50 people who rallied against the proposal Monday evening are hoping those communities can get their water from a different source.

"I hope we can get it resolved and stop it. If it doesn't work, we're not going to quit. We're going to keep right on," Kwader said.

"His company makes filters, they make pumps, why not clean up Lake Erie? Help them clean up their own water," said Lydina Ankney, who lives in Williams County.

Many people are worried their wells will dry up if thousands of gallons are pumped from the aquifer every day.

"The water shouldn't be sold for one man's profit if it hurts the rest of the county," said Ankney.

Many municipalities in Williams County have passed resolutions against the proposed project.

Steuben County commissioners have expressed their oposition to the plan, put haven't passed anything official.

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