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We don't need any more of these biosolids spread in Gilmanton

To The Daily Sun,

I'm sure you've been hearing about the plight of the folks that live in Flint, Michigan, how their water supply was switched in order to save money and how this led to their water having toxic ramifications with regard to their health and safety.

We have a situation here in Gilmanton that we all need to address before additional harm is done. It is the spreading of biosolids. Biosolids (aka sludge) has been spread in several areas of our town with the reasoning that it is a cheaper fertilizer. Perhaps it is, but at what cost to our health and that of our children, animals and water supply?

This is a hazardous substance which has been researched and banned by several neighboring towns including Belmont, Barnstead and Alton.

The term sludge means "any solid, semi­solid or liquid waste generated from municipal, commercial or industrial waste water treatment plant." (EPA RCRA (26A)). It is the solid remains after the liquids have been removed from sewage. Here is a sampling of what biosolids typically contain: Human waste, poisons and pharmaceuticals from residences, hazardous waste, solvents and chemicals from industries, and pharmaceuticals, pathogens (viruses and bacteria), and radioactive materials from hospitals.

We do not need any more of this spread in Gilmanton. The health and welfare of our families is far more important than saving some money on fertilizer.

Please vote yes in March to ban the use of biosolids in Gilmanton.

Barbara E. Swanson


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Why hasn't Society for Protection of Forests raised its voice?

To The Daily Sun,

In the article printed Jan. 21 headlined "Timber Hill Creates Rift," Andy Howe, owner of Beans & Greens/Timber Hill said, "all of the property (on Timber Hill Farm) is in a conservation trust granted by the Society For Protection Of New Hampshire Forests."

Now, I'm familiar enough with conservation easement/trusts to know two things. The first is that there are generally tax advantages, and the second is that there are strict guidelines to what owners can and cannot do on their properties under easement.

So, I visited the Society For Protection Of New Hampshire Forests' web-site and found the following: "A conservation easement is a permanent legally binding agreement between a landowner and a conservation organization that restricts the use of the land to protect it's significant natural features. If you place a conservation easement on your land, you can manage it for agriculture, forestry, recreation, and wildlife habitat, but not for intensive uses like development, or commercial and industrial activities." Well ... there you go. In black and white, as they say.

Commercial activity — commercial wedding reception venue ... one in the same. That pretty much settles that, but it is not the real reason for my letter. The reason is, why hasn't a representative from the Society For Protection Of New Hampshire Forests given a voice to this? If the society is somehow granted through state/local governments the right to issue easements with the incentives of some form of tax relief and they neglect to oversee and enforce their restrictions, I believe they are undermining the very taxpayers who have to, so to speak, pick up the tab, and who support their organization. In my opinion then, this should have never become the town of Gilford's problem in the first place.

Al Blake

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