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YES, LONG LAKE HAS A POLLUTION PROBLEM!

Our Long Lake water is suffering from contaminants which drain from the Squaw Creek Watershed area. One source of contaminants flows from Baxter Healthcare International's waste water treatment plant, located at Route 120 and Wilson Road.

What is Baxter Healthcare International dumping into Long Lake?

The Illinois EPA has cited Baxter Healthcare International for numerous violations for chemicals and high BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) levels discharged. Known contaminants include Phospohorus, Nitrogen, Ammonia, Barium, Mercury, Oil and Grease. Violations for BOD levels mean that their discharge affects the dissolved oxygen amounts in lake. High BOD levels are associated with taking oxygen from aquatic life. Decreased oxygen causes fish and insects to die.

Wait, but we are on Public Sewer... aren't they?

No, Baxter has a permit, issued by the Illinois EPA (Permit Number IL0024074). This permit allows them to handle their own wastewater discharge.

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