2015-05-15 / Letters

Citizens urged to attend river meeting

To the editor:

On the heels of the poorly run Kennebunk selectmen’s meeting on March 31, it looks like a first-rate opportunity is ahead where folks will finally be able to learn a lot about the Mousam River and the fate of the three dams owned by Kennebunk Light and Power ratepayers.

Unlike the overcrowded selectmen’s meeting, this meeting will be held in the spacious Kennebunk Town Hall auditorium, with plenty of seating for all, and a decent open microphone. The meeting is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28.

In contrast to the stultified and limited format of the selectmen’s meeting, concerned citizens are spearheading this public hearing, including folks from the Mousam and Kennebunk Rivers Alliance, Sierra Club and Maine Rivers, to name a few. Best of all, experienced panelists will be on hand.

Speakers will include National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist Eric Hutchins, Stantec consulting engineer Michael Chelminski, river scientist Jacob Aman from Wells Reserve and John Burrows, director of New England Programs for the international Atlantic Salmon Federation and a founding member of the rivers alliance.

Kennebunk resident Dr. Chris Feurt, a professor at the Environmental Studies Department at the University of New England, will moderate the discussion.

The meeting promises a long overdue breath of fresh air.

Alex Mendelsohn

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