A Gravel Mine in Lyndon?
The lakes aren't all that's fed by Stofer Hill. "I've just looked at wells a mile and half out [from the proposed site]," Walter continues. "These are artesian wells because the water table is above the surface of the ground, and the water pressure keeps the wells flowing."
Asked if removing the hill would stop the flow, Walter hedges. "It's hard to say what the impact will be. I'd like to see a more thorough study of groundwater wells in that neighborhood. That area is not amenable to a quick evaluation, and [McCoig's study] looked at just five wells."
Whatever the effect on wells, Walter is sure about the aesthetic impact: "If I made a color-coded map showing the topography, people would go 'Oh, my God! They're going to take that and turn it into a pit!'"
The loss of a high point and the future of three lakes aren't the only worries. "My primary concern is the amount of traffic generated on M-52 traveling through Lyndon and Chelsea," Enos says. McCoig "is doing a traffic study, but it will be about the impact on interchanges and not brass tacks of the impact of gravel trucks running through Chelsea."