A total of 40 respondents provided comments via the online opinion survey. Their zip codes included Litchfield and Waggoner, Illinois; and Ballwin and St. Louis, Missouri. Most respondents described themselves as residents and/or property owners. An overview of survey questions and the most common responses to them is below. Verbatim responses are attached. A letter of support from the Honorable Doris Turner (Illinois State Senator) was received during the comment period and attached for reference. Three comments were posted on the Friends of Lake Lou Yaeger Facebook page.

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What does Lake Lou Yaeger mean to you?
  • Family: Related to fun, recreation, and residences/ homeownership
  • Water: Related to the economy, recreation, and water supply for Litchfield and other communities
  • Important: Related to the lake as an asset for families and the community as a whole
  • Litchfield: The lake as a valuable amenity to the community and Montgomery County, providing environmental,
    social, recreational, and economic benefits
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What kind of impact would you like the dam rehabilitation project to have on Lake Lou Yaeger?
  • Better water levels, quality, management, and supply for drinking
  • Maintaining and/or extending the life of the lake for 50 years or more
  • Concerns about downstream flooding, potential use by future generations,
    and the need for safe drinking water and recreational opportunities
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What kind of impact would you like the dam rehabilitation project to have on local businesses?
  • Maintaining or enhancing the value of existing and future properties
  • Concerns that closing the dam would negatively impact properties and commerce
  • High value or status of lakefront properties, beauty of the lake, surrounding easements and access,
    and improved long-term viability
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What kind of impact would you like the dam rehabilitation project to have on nearby properties?
  • Better runoff management
  • Enhance experience of property owners
  • Increase property values
  • Improve flood control
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What kind of impact would you like the dam rehabilitation project to have on natural and community resources?
  • Greater storage capacity
  • Fresh water supply for years ahead
  • Reduced erosion
  • Increased awareness of the importance of clean water
  • Improved water quality for recreation and fishing
    • Improvement strategies, e.g. dredging to help remove silt and reduce phosphorous levels
  • Fish and wildlife preservation and conservation
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What kind of impact would you like the dam rehabilitation project to have on safety?
  • Increase safety for all, e.g. agricultural land, homes on the lake, and property downstream
  • Increased roadway safety
    • Shoal Creek has flooded over Route 16 in the past
    • Better roads around the lake (visibility can be dangerous around curves)
  • Reduced shoreline erosion
  • Maintained water levels
  • Flood control
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What are the potential benefits of the dam rehabilitation project?
  • Extends the life of the lake
  • Improved water supply
  • Flood control
  • Secure property values
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Supports the local economy
  • Residents can safely enjoy lake benefits
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What other questions, comments, or concerns do you have about the project?
  • What is the process and schedule?
  • What is the current condition of the dam?
  • Why does the dam need to be rehabilitated?
  • How is the project funded?
    • Consider enhanced funding for cover crops and runoff reduction, including soil piles surrounding the lake
  • Will taxes be increased?
  • How will lake use be impacted?
  • Will the lake be closed during dam rehabilitation?
  • Will dredging be included with the project?
  • Will the water level rise?
  • Be proactive, not reactive.

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