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Williams County commissioners to discuss aquifer plan


Norah Gonzalez, of Bryan, Ohio, holds up a sign for passing cars and pedestrians to see during a protest next to the Williams County Courthouse in Bryan, Ohio, on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Toledo-area susburbs are exploring using the Michindoh Aquifer as a water source.

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BRYAN — Williams County commissioners are holding a public meeting to discuss a proposal that would allow several Toledo suburbs to use water from the Michindoh Aquifer for their drinking water needs.

Commissioners from Fulton and Defiance counties are expected to attend, as well as officials from Lenawee and Hillsdale counties in Michigan and DeKalb and Steuben counties in Indiana.

They will consider whether to allocate money for legal representation and discuss forming a joint board.

The meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in the East Annex Building.

Montpelier village council approved a resolution this week expressing concern over the proposal. Officials in Bryan, West Unity, and Edgerton have passed resolutions opposing the plan. 

The aquifer covers more than 2 million acres underground, larger than the state of Delaware. It serves parts of nine counties — three in each state — with drinking water.

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