Kilbuck Creek being polluted?

September 27, 2013

Online Staff Report

The Rock River Times was tipped off to an alleged pollution issue in Kilbuck Creek. Upon research and sending a guest photographer, Steve Larsen, out to the scene, we have some images to share with you.

Upon further research via Google Earth, we found satellite imagery dated 2011 that shows a milky white substance entering the creek from the Winnebago Landfill, more commonly known as Pagel Pit (see Google Earth image below).

The Environmental Protection Agency has been notified, and TRRT will continue to investigate. More news as it arrives. Read next week’s (Wednesday, Oct. 2) print edition to see pictures and for more details.

Circled is the milky white discharge in Kilbuck Creek, as shown on a Google Earth image from 2011.

Posted Sept. 27, 2013


  1. Biggy

    September 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I love how William Charles has named their huge wastes business, Rock River Environmental Services. What a play on words. They are polluting everything, but their ads say they are so environmentally conscientious. William Charles is one of the root causes of why Rockford roads are in such poor condition. Now they’re wrecking the air and water and making even more money. But they will never get in trouble because they contribute to most of the political candidates that run in this area. Such a corrupt little town and karma is coming soon.

  2. Walt Michaelson

    September 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I know all about this. This creek has been polluted for a long time. I have seen large fish floating among the white substance and I know a person who was able to light some of the water on fire! It was like it was straight out of the movie A Civil Action. Doesn’t everyone know this???

  3. Eric Stromberg

    September 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    It looks like rock flour from the adjacent quarry suspended in solution.

  4. Paul

    September 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Actually, on Google Earth, while zoomed in, one can see a generator set and water pump removing water from the quarry, discharging into the stream.

  5. Paul Gorski

    September 28, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Walt and all,

    Folks may know about this pollution, but few have reported it. The Illinois EPA thinks it happens rarely. The IEPA is taking action (see but if you have more information, pictures and dates, forward them to this paper.

    Thank you for reading The Rock River Times.

    Paul Gorski

  6. Almost Retired

    September 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I am glad the RRT is investigating this. Please keep us updated on this story!! Yes, “Biggie”, you are absolutely correct about the contributions giving William Charles EVERYTHING they want. The corruption in this city reminds me of the corruption down south.

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