Thursday, December 5, 2013
Morning Sentinel Staff
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Many of my favorite organizations are supporting this bond, including the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Audubon, GrowSmart Maine, and the Congress of Lakes Association. But if those aren't enough to win your support, how about the Maine Municipal Association, The Maine Water Utilities Association, and Sargent Corp.? If you need more convincing, a hot-off-the-press assessment by Charles Colgan, former state economist, and two other smart people will be required reading. You will find it here: muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/AssessmentWaterResourcesMaine.pdf.
Colgan and company point out that the "changing climate is producing increasingly frequent and extreme precipitation." And they make the case that "promoting the use of natural systems ability to keep water clean, to diffuse the effects of flooding, and to dispose of wastes (within limits) is now accepted as an effective and economically viable alternative to building large new structural solutions to water problems."
Bottom line: Wise investments that keep our water clean, save huge sums of money down the road. And the assessment gives us some great and compelling examples. This is not a new road we're taking. Others are well ahead of us. This bond issue is critically important. We can only hope that when the Legislature convenes to consider the bond package, that don't forget this.