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We need to keep yard waste out of our streams, lakes & ponds

To The Daily Sun,

The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) would like to remind landowners that disposing of yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, branches, and pet waste) in brooks, streams, ponds, lakes or storm drains often helps to create problems in our waterways such excess algae growth and an increased potential for flooding. Yard waste contains many of the same ingredients you'll find in fertilizer; high in nitrogen, phosphorus, and other elements. This 'fertilizer' helps to feed and increase the amount of unwanted water organisms such as algae, and in the case of pet waste may carry harmful pathogens such as e coli and salmonella.

While it is true that some leaves naturally find their way into our waters the dumping of large amounts of leaves by landowners, multiplied over and over by many landowners living along stream banks and shorelines, has a meaningful accumulated effect. The same is true of materials and liquids dumped into storm drains because these drain directly into our surface waters without treatment; they do not drain to the waste water treatment plant as do our sewers.

Yard waste that accumulates in shallow areas or narrow water passages may act like a drain clog and cause flooding upstream or fill in areas of shoreline. Many towns provide landowners a managed site to dump yard waste, for those that do not, please consider composting at home. For more information on where to dispose of yard waste in your town please contact your local Department of Public Works or Town Hall. For more information on composting yard waste visit website www.belknapccd.org.

Lisa Morin, Program Coordinator

Belknap County Conservation District

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Glenn's been relentless protecting tax dollars from waste & abuse

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing this letter in support of Glenn Cordelli for state representative in Concord.

I've known Glenn for a number of years and have found him to always be truthful and willing to stick to his principles, rare qualities in politics today. Glenn is a strong defender of personal rights and responsibilities and has respect for people. He has enough respect for people to believe that adult citizens should be trusted to have enough judgment and intelligence to know what is good for themselves, their families and their communities. After all, isn't that the foundation of government by the people?

Glenn has also been relentless in protecting your tax dollars, protecting them from waste and abuse. He also believes, as I do, in open and transparent government and that the laws and rules should be the same for everyone.

Please join me in voting for Glenn Cordelli on Election Day. It will help preserve your freedom to choose and to protect what is good for your family, your town, our county and our state.

Josh Bartlett

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