To the editors.
I would like to express deepest appreciation to Harold Henderson for the excellent article on the Loyola lake bed sale [September 23], and for not allowing this important issue to slip away.
SB 1771, the sale of lake bottom to Loyola University by the State Legislature, is in direct violation of the Public Trust Document, the Lakefront Protection Ordinance and the Open Lands Agreement.
The lake is our most valuable resource and asset--the operative word here is "our"--the taxpayers. This acquisition would set a dangerous precedent,--Somehow one expects that, above all, educational institutions would be aware of all such involved implications.
The ill effects of landfill are generally known by now:
a. Diversion of littoral drift sediment into deep water.
b. Trapping of littoral drift sediment, preventing it from reaching downcoast beaches.
c. Wave diffraction and refraction, altering and accelerating currents and increasing wave energy, increasing their erosiveness on the site itself and on flanking sites.
d. Scouring on the lakeward side of a revetment or breakwater, deepening nearshore water, and making waves and currents more erosive.
e. Scouring on the landward side.
How sad that there are groups that still, knowingly or in ignorance, are willing to continue this folly. Humankind has done much serious damage to the environment. It is time to draw away from the lake. It should be entirely lined with parkland.
May I suggest Forever Open, Clear and Free, by Lois Wille, as essential reading for 1988.