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To the editors:

Ben Joravsky in his Neighborhood News column (July 10) did an excellent job reporting the chronicles of Mr. Doug Brooks versus public works. Mr. Brooks bought his dream house across from a pristine Forest Preserve meadow and suffered disappointment and frustration upon learning that the meadow will host a construction site for five years.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC) are more than halfway through the 35 year Deep Tunnel project to save our lake, rivers, and streams from the pollution emanating from eight million toilets in Cook County. This segment of the tunnel is 210 to 250 feet below the surface with drop shafts strategically placed on public property to achieve a variety of engineering objectives. One of these drop shafts will be on Forest Preserve property across the road from the Brookses' house.

Hundreds of thousands of "Mr. Brookses" are inconvenienced each year by the noise, dust, and delay caused by construction and public works projects. By all reports the nation's infrastructure is in need of much more of this repair and improvement. If unanimous public approval is required for public works to proceed, our expressways, for example, would have to deteriorate until impassable before drivers would accept the delay from repairs.

Understandably, Mr. Brooks wants the Deep Tunnel moved. He says it wouldn't cost much. Well, whatever the cost, all he needs is the unanimous approval of the taxpayers.

Terrence J. O'Brien


Metropolitan Water Reclamation

District of Greater Chicago


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