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Grant money will go elsewhere, leaving us with out problem

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To the editor,
I have found that certain townies in the Town of Sanbornton have no knowledge of the Black Brook Watershed Management Plan. Our Budget Committee did not endorse the general provisions, which was in turn turned down by the few followers that voted it down. I would have to think three letters have something to do with this discussion: DES.
I also believe that our town selectman at least were informed and understand the consideration of this grant to protect our Lake Winnisquam our greatest natural resource since they endorsed it. I believe that having a Budget Committee chairman who is also a contractor should have done his homework to protect his area in which he lives and works.
Phosphorus and sediment is bad for our lake and the future of our natural resource. Blackbrook Watershed protection needs were made known last year when the Watershed Study, funded by a matching grant, was completed. Erosion and milfoil/ algae problems identified in the Management Plan needed to be addressed. Sanbornton's failure to approved the proposed funding at Town Meeting means this will not be done. For a mere
$13,406, (our share of the matching grant) , sediment traps and stormwater management devices budgeted for this year will not be installed, and the $20,000 matching grant money we rejected will go to another community seeking to address their local pollution problems, while leaving our pollution problem still to be solved.
Douglas Rasp