2017-09-01 / Letters

Humans discover, refine methods for dealing with nature’s punches

To the editor:

Although I appreciate Ms. Cox sharing her opinion in the Kennebunk Post, I feel I must respond. In her letter she states her reason for removing the dams is simply “nature knows best.”

I have a hard time grasping this desire for some to attribute a kind and gentle anthropomorphic quality to the world around us. Blizzards dump feet of snow, cause collapse and take lives, tornadoes destroy entire neighborhoods and floods wash away people and property; these tragedies can hardly count as examples of nature knowing best.

We thrive simply because we have discovered and refined ways to deal with all that our world throws at us. Like it or not, dams just happen to be one of those discoveries. And while I respect Ms. Cox’s point of view, I think maybe sometimes we become so caught up in the issue we forget that people matter, too.

If you, like I, have noticed the baked, browned and crunchy patches that are supposed to be cool, green, grassy lawns, you know that Maine has had a very dry summer. The same has happened in New Hampshire. This dry weather pattern, in conjunction with dam removal, is having drastic and horrific consequences. The removal of one dam on the Exeter River has lowered the water table upstream.

This is causing the dug wells of near river homes to run dry. In a July 14, 2017 New Hampshire Union Leader article, this is the second time with no running water for one homeowner since the dam came down. Others in the area have experienced the same. And another dam may yet be removed on the Exeter, compounding both the fears and the problems.

No, this is not an issue for you if you are a Kennebunk Kennebunkport Wells Water District customer. But, not all Kennebunk residents are within the water district service area. They have well water. Are those that live near the river in danger of their wells running dry, if the dams come down? Indoor running water is an absolute necessity. No one can predict the future and no one can make a 100 percent guarantee this will not happen here in Kennebunk.

Many pushing for a freed river often claim that property values will not decrease if the dams are removed. If a freed Mousam results in no or sporadic running water, will some Kennebunk residents find their land, their farms, their homes, the fruits of their labor, rendered absolutely worthless? Moreover, is this something we really want to do to our friends and neighbors?

Beth Krott
Kennebunk

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