Do NOT expand Lake Storey, Galesburg, IL, www.savethevalley.info

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Please urge the Galesburg City Council,

DO NOT FUND $135,000 FOR A LAKE STOREY PHASE TWO STUDY!

AND OFFICIALLY STOP ALL PLANS TO EXPAND THE LAKE!

email: public@ci.galesburg.il.us

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Read the complete Lake Storey Phase One study at

https://tinyurl.com/3ch7dzzk

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If Lake Storey is expanded, 8 houses will be forced to be demolished, crucial areas of three farms will be destroyed by flooding, and over 400 acres of habitats and biodiversity will also be destroyed by flooding.

Don't be fooled that the lake "needs" to be expanded for more recreation.

The main reason to expand Lake Storey is for a real estate scheme to build 500 houses, priced at $300,000 each, which is five times as many houses as Soangataha Country Club.

Galesburg does not need the equivalent of five more country clubs!

The massive proposed subdivision is intentionally segregated for people with the highest wealth only, and it would make inequality in Galesburg, the widest and most severe it has ever been, and it would be entrenched to be permanent.

The proposed new subdivision, would have the most extreme concentration of Galesburg wealth ever, and it would be the largest subdivision of Galesburg, isolated and distant from most other neighborhoods.

The $135,000 Lake Storey Phase Two Study is not "needed" for community engagement. Community engagement has happened with realtors and the Chamber of Commerce, but is woefully lacking with the broader public.

Galesburg can be far better off, near term and long term, by pursuing other options to grow and strengthen our community for everyone. Especially for those people most in need now.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT BETTER WAYS TO GROW GALESBURG WITHOUT EXPANDING THE CITY LIMITS, & ABOUT THE GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY CRISIS!

https://smartgrowthamerica.org/work-with-us/why-smart-growth-america-technical-assistance/

Smart Growth America works to make America a..."country where no matter where you live, or who you are, you can enjoy living in a place that is healthy, prosperous, and resilient. We empower communities through technical assistance, advocacy, and thought leadership to realize our vision of livable places, healthy people, and shared prosperity."

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http://leam.illinois.edu/CURES/

"The University of Illinois is developing the Illinois Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (Illinois CURES), with the intent of becoming a "go-to" place for cities to address their sustainable development challenges.

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Illinois CURES works with cities on developing integrated sustainable solutions to improve community-wide health and prosperity now, and in the future."


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Reports

Published: 19 January 2020
Nature Risk Rising: Why the Crisis Engulfing Nature Matters for Business and the Economy

https://www.weforum.org/reports/nature-risk-rising-why-the-crisis-engulfing-nature-matters-for-business-and-the-economy/

Nature loss is a planetary emergency. Humanity has already wiped out 83% of wild mammals and half of all plants and severely altered three-quarters of ice-free land and two-thirds of marine environments. One million species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades -- a rate tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10 million years.

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REVIEW

Pervasive human-driven decline of life on Earth points to the need for transformative change

Sandra Diaz, et al
Science 13 Dec 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6471, eaax3100
DOI: 10.1126/science.aax3100

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6471/eaax3100

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The time is now

For decades, scientists have been raising calls for societal changes that will reduce our impacts on nature. Though much conservation has occurred, our natural environment continues to decline under the weight of our consumption. Humanity depends directly on the output of nature; thus, this decline will affect us, just as it does the other species with which we share this world. Diaz et al. review the findings of the largest assessment of the state of nature conducted as of yet. They report that the state of nature, and the state of the equitable distribution of nature's support, is in serious decline. Only immediate transformation of global business-as-usual economies and operations will sustain nature as we know it, and us, into the future.

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