January 9, 2022 Water Resources Protection Task Force By Gregory T. Federspiel
The re-establishment of a water resources protection group is getting underway. Following suggestions from residents and with the leadership help of Steve Gang, Chairman of the Conservation Commission, the Selectmen have approved the creation of a new task force as a sub-committee of the Conservation Commission. A water resources protection committee was created back in 1989 when voters approved the creation of the committee and funded a comprehensive report on the Town’s water resources (the Horsley Witten Report of 1990.) Many of the recommendations of this report were carried out in the 1990’s after which the committee became inactive.
December 20, 2021 Taking Stock at the end of the Year By Gregory T. Federspiel
With the Christmas and New Year Holidays upon us, it feels like an especially good time to catch our collective breaths. The promise of putting the pandemic behind us has faded as we continue to deal with the Delta variant and worry what the new Omicron variant will bring. Most of us have gotten our vaccine shots but now boosters are needed. We are all ready to be done with COVID but we are not out of the woods yet. By spring? If not “done” than at least well contained.
December 13, 2021 A Focus on Water By Gregory T. Federspiel
As a coastal community, having water as a particular focus of attention will come as no surprise. And while the ocean shoreline, beaches and harbor are a source of pride and community identity, it is not the only water resource that deserves attention. Yes, with rising seas and bigger storms in our future we certainly will need to be giving a great deal of attention to the ocean but other water resources, including our drinking water supply and the treatment of wastewater also demand considerable thought and focus.