I was at a State Employee Union meeting about 2 wks ago and had a chance to see some old friends that work at the Department of Environmental Services Headquarters. Since some of them knew of the big issue with the Exeter Dam Removal and the issues of the Great Bay they were telling me that the new discussions behind the scenes is there appears to be no proof that nitrogen in Great Bay is damaging the eel grass or much of anything else some even said that the higher ups claim that there is no proof that it doesn’t, so what is their proof.
Great Bay has never been one of my issues; in fact I’ve only been on it once in my entire life. I know that there are many people with special interests that are happy to be Great Bay experts; that is good because it allows people with an interest in the issue to pursue it to their hearts content.
There appears to be something going on behind the scenes for the DES Hqtrs staff to be hearing/saying what the rest of us have been wondering.
What most people don’t know is four years ago when house was run by O’Brien the majority of republicans wanted to do away with DES as an agency. One attempt that was considered was to wipe out their budget; but most of their money comes from the feds or outside sources so when they realized that it probably would not happen, the effort was dropped.
It looks like some communities are being pushed to spend millions of dollars for sewer plant upgrades to meet standards that there might not be a need for or at least, the so called evidence is shaky at best.
EXETER BOARD OF SELECTMAN!!
I think I have a legitimate question to the BOS and that is after the nasty battle to tear down the dam can we rename the river? When the dam comes down can we rename it Clement Creek or Ingrams Brook. I think we should pay homage to people who worked so hard to get the dam down. Now I can’t wait to get the job done.