To the Editor: Odors at the Kishwaukee River area

Odors at the Kishwaukee River area

I recently asked residents to report to the Illinois EPA any strong outdoor odors they notice in the Kishwaukee River area. Thanks to these reports, the Illinois EPA and the Winnebago County Health Department are reviewing the odor problem. Many residents claim these odors smell like garbage or sulfur, and these are particularly strong on weekends. These odors have been widely reported, from Ogle County to areas near the airport, Cherryvale Mall, SwedishAmerican Hospital, and the Lowe’s distribution plant. Many residents feel the odors are coming from one or both of the landfills south of Rockford. Oddly enough, I recently received a Christmas gift, a pocket knife, from an executive at the Winnebago County landfill. My son exclaimed, “dad, it’s a knife,” and I promptly note, “yes, but it isn’t big enough to cut through the stench.” I’m looking for a nice home for the knife, as I can’t accept the gift. That irony aside, I’m asking residents to continue reporting the strong odors to the Illinois EPA by phone at (815) 987-7760 or on-line at When you make your report, please note the date and time of the odor and how it affected you. Keep the reports coming until this is solved!

Paul Gorski

Winnebago County Board Member,

District Five

From the Dec. 30, 2009 – Jan. 5, 2010 issue

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