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Letter to the Editor: We Need to Consider the Bigger Picture on Nov. 8

October 17, 2016 Government, Opinion, Referendum No Comments

To the Editor:

As a resident of Canton, I have read many of the arguments for and against moving the town garage (and its salt and fuel storage areas), including the cost of moving it.

My major concern, however, is the future of the River itself.  Yes, I would like the River to be accessible for recreation and open space, but what about the ecological condition of the water?  While we don’t think much about flooding here in Canton, especially while we are enduring drought conditions, the current garage site did experience flooding as recently as 5 years ago, and inevitably will again. 

While equipment and trucks can be moved off-site during flooding, salt, fuel tanks, and the always present small quantities of oil on the ground cannot be moved. What will happen when floodwaters carry these contaminants the 300 feet into the River?  Not only will the quality of the River itself be affected, but ultimately so will the vast number of living things who live in and depend on the water, from microscopic invertebrates, to fish, to the bald eagles who nest nearby.  We need to consider the bigger picture when we cast our vote on Nov. 8.

Beth Dal Negro
Canton

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