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Wind vs. wetlands 

Credit:  Letters | SaltWire | www.saltwire.com ~~

We read with interest Chris Lambie’s Feb. 3 article about the Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change Department’s investigation into wetland alterations in Upper Tantallon.

In Shelburne County, Community Wind / ABO Wind have proposed a 14- to 20-plus turbine wind farm in an area that includes the Lake Rodney watershed and surrounding wetlands.

This watershed is characterized by black spruce, peat bogs, and undisturbed wilderness, and is the source of the municipal and Town of Shelburne water supply.

The Municipality of the District of Shelburne recognizes the enormous importance of this watershed and its “susceptibility to siltration and reduced chemical and biological water quality resulting from soil erosion and vegetative disturbances.”

This mega-project would result in the felling of hundreds of acres of trees which remove hundreds of tonnes of carbon per year. Then it would add asphalt, concrete, metal, fiberglass, and plastic to an ecosystem that has taken centuries to form and requires a lengthy time to regenerate.

The government should protect these wetlands from damage.

Marilyn Moore, Sindy Horncastle, Jordan Bay

Source:  Letters | SaltWire | www.saltwire.com

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