Letter: Please help preserve the Walloomsac River

To the editor:

Hey Bennington outdoor enthusiasts and anglers! The outdoors needs our help. As you are aware, the town of Bennington needs some major updating for our water treatment plant that sits along the Walloomsac River in North Bennington.

As a respected trout angler here in Bennington, I cringe every time we have large rains with the fear of waste overflow into our Walloomsac River and there is nothing worse than seeing human waste float by.

The town of Bennington has proposed upgrades that are desperately needed. The present system has worked for along time and did its job. With our growing population, now it's time to make it eco-friendly with upgrading the aging parts.

After reading what the upgrades are, one of the upgrades really stuck out; it's the replacement of the 30 rotating biological contactors. This is the last line of defense to remove solids from the waste stream, which means very little if any solid waste will get into the Walloomsac River with this needed upgrade.

Isn't it time that the outdoor community stands up for what is necessary to preserve the beauty that we have here in Bennington, which is our beautiful rivers and streams?

Can I count on a yes vote for the needed upgrades (sewer bond), from all my angler friends and kayakers that use the Walloomsac River here in Bennington, Vermont at the Oct. 19 vote?

— Chris Bates, host of Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped



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