|From:||Pat Mattson <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 5 May 1999 10:18:56 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||brownfields could save forest|
On my website, the Manchester, NH Urban Open Space Website, I have posted information which concerns the recent acquisition by the city of an urban forest, the Hackett Hill property, and the EPA-sanctioned plans by the city to develop this property. The URL for this website is: http://www.mv.com/ipusers/env/ The information is of interest for the following reasons: 1. It describes a deal between the city and the EPA concerning a solution to CSO problems - an arrangement that is apparently the first of its kind; 2. It tells how sensitive forested wetlands, namely Atlantic white cedar/ swamps and a black gum swamp, as well as the biodiversity of the entire property, will be put at risk by the planned development; 3. It indicates that the public has been deceived about the degree of protection that the final EPA mandate requires; 4. It describes how city officials plan to market certain parts of the property by using the fragile forested wetlands as an inducement for corporations who are willing to pay large sums of money to have these natural amenities adjacent to their buildings; 5.The deal has received the support of NHUs governor and regional EPA administrator, John DeVillars, who has indicated that Al Gore is also a supporter of the arrangements. I have proposed a moratorium on development while the city considers a brownfields program which could move development into the Manchester millyards, and thus save the urban forest.
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