An example of a great letter to MDAR Commissioner John LeBeaux
Hi Mr. Lebeaux,
As a Cape Cod resident, I am concerned that Eversource is being allowed to indiscriminately apply pesticides http://poccacapecod.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=461d3a14deb5927bcdab2c968&id=f47d0aca2c&e=c71d03da58
As you may be aware, Cape Cod is a single source aquifer, meaning all the fresh drinking water for the Cape comes from one location. If you allow pesticide use, you will kill off the bee population, hurt people with allergies who depend on the honey of the bees, and force people to buy out of state bottled water to drink which they may not be able to afford. As a public servant, I believe it is your duty to ensure the safe water is available to both vacationers and residents alike. Crops and estuarine fish are also imperiled by this risking Cape Cod’s fishing industry by pesticides, and the birds who use it as a fly away, and the local turkey and chicken farms.
Pesticides that are a lot safer are made by http://www.wondercide.com and other crop management routines that don’t require pesticides are discussed by Southern States
Please share with the appropriate departments alternative means of combating problems in the state.
Another example of a great letter to Michael McClean, Director of Massachusetts Rights-of-Way Programs
Dear Mr. McClean,
As the Founder and President of the Cape Cod Mushroom Club, as a lifelong resident of Cape Cod, as an outdoor enthusiast, biologist and naturalist, and as a father to two young daughters, I ask that you block/prevent/dissuade EVERSOURCE from spraying broad spectrum herbicides along the power lines of Cape Cod.
Beyond the common overspray and misapplication, besides the scientifically proven bioaccumulation of herbicides in the food chain, and outside of the contamination of local surface and groundwater resources, the application of these herbicides on this scale and for this purpose, would be short-sighted. It would also set a precedence whose negative effects will be felt for decades, as follow up testing would prove.
The literature does not support the argument that these herbicides are innocuous. The literature, in fact, points to the opposite conclusion.
An excellent letter from an informed citizen:
I am writing to you today to express my concern over EVERSOURCE’s intention to spray herbicides along their lines in order to control vegetation.
As many of you are very aware, since Cape Cod’s ‘soil’ is sand, any particulate material dissolved in water will eventually seep down to the aquifers that supply our wells; whether they be private or municipal. This fact is well evidenced in Eastham where, after years of seepage, the chemicals from the town’s transfer station have polluted many private wells in the area. The town is now having to supply potable water to every affected home. I’m certain that that cost will do nothing but increase in the future.
In a time when towns and municipalities are considering ways to limit NUTRIENTS which promote vegetation, doesn’t it seem somewhat incongruent that we are allowing EVERSOURCE to actually increase the use of HERBICIDES to kill vegetation? Why, on one hand, are we focusing on chemicals which enhance growth and, on the other hand, not on chemicals which kill? It seems to me that, if we truly care about the impact of chemicals on our water(s), we should be concerned with both those that fertilize and those that kill.
Secondly, if the killing chemicals used by EVERSOURCE do actually get into our aquifer, how would that be different than a terrorist poisoning a reservoir? If a terrorist did actually poison a reservoir, that would be considered a crime against humanity. In EVERSOURCE’s case, Cape Codders are the humanity and their herbicides are the poison. Why couldn’t there be some kind of injunction made against them based upon that possibility?
Thank you for your attention and for your service.
Write a similar letter or Copy/Paste this one. (fill in the blanks, add your own words)
To Whom It May Concern: (Name and Title of Recipient) My name is ____________ and I live in ___________.
I do not want EVERSOURCE to spray a combination of 5 different herbicides along power lines to control vegetation overgrowth on Cape Cod now or ever. We don’t know the impact this will have on our drinking water and beyond.
Considering Cape Cod is a unique environment we must treat it as such and not add more chemicals to the mix. Ask EVERSOURCE to go back to mowing in their VMP (vegetation management plan). We must advocate the precautionary principal in this situation.
_________________ (your name)
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Maura Healey, Attorney General
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108 -1518
Commissioner John Lebeaux/MDAR
251 Causeway St., Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114
Rights-of-Way Program Field Coordinator/Inspector/Enforcement Mike McClean:
251 Causeway St., Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114
Eversource CEO James J. Judge:
One Federal Street
Springfield, MA 01105
William Hayes, Senior Arborist
247 Station Drive, SE-370
Westwood, MA 02090 – Phone: 781-441-3932
Senator Dan Wolf
State House, Room 511B, Boston, MA 02133
District Office, Hyannis — Phone 508-775-0162
State Representative Sarah Peake, 4th Barnstable District
State House, 24 Beacon St. Room 163
Boston, MA, 02133
7 Center Street, Provincetown, MA 02657
Phone: 617-722-2040 • 508-487-5694
Congressman William Keating
315 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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Paul Neidsweiki, Executive Director
Cape Cod Commission
3225 Main Street
P.O. Box 226
Barnstable, MA 02630
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
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