Subject: Water issues on the Ethel Walker School land
From: Keep The Woods
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2005 17:30:37 -0500


Some of you are aware that the Ethel Walker School property sits atop a drinking water aquifer.  The importance of the water was recognized when the land was deeded to the school decades ago.  Precious and vulnerable water resources are a hot button issue throughout the country.
A recent article in the Hartford Courant "Taking Stock of Water Woes" quotes a number of important sources including Margaret Miner, the executive director of Rivers Alliance, Gina McCarthy, the DEP Commissioner, and James MacBroom, the vice president of Milone and MacBroom, a civil and environmental consulting firm performing the development-related engineering and site testing of the Ethel Walker School property.  In this article Mark Smith, who works with the Nature Conservancy, "challenged the trustees of Connecticut water to think multigenerationally . . . "  Read the full article here.

To inform and educate the public about water issues, including the clear connection between land use and water quality, Keep the Woods is starting a major educational campaign in the Farmington Valley.  As part of this effort, two ads recently appeared in the Simsbury Post.  If you missed them, you can view them here.

Preservation is the Best Option!
Happy New Year!