To the editor:
As organizer of Southington Citizens Against Overdevelopment, I oppose the proposed excavation of natural areas by Tilcon in Plainville and Southington adjacent to pristine Crescent Lake natural area/park and instead call for the site to be protected from development.
Watersheds are critical natural resources which need to be protected in perpetuity to ensure our water supplies and wildlife are protected. Furthermore, the state statute which covers these protected watershed lands requires any change of use to be for natural resource protection, not for commercial gain.
We have already lost over half our wetlands in Connecticut and we are losing forested land at an alarming pace.
Crescent Lake is an excellent 223-acre open space resource near the Plainville-New Britain line, and we would hate to think what major excavation adjacent to the park would do the natural flavor of the area as well as to groundwater and surface water quality. The current 56-acre lake is used for kayaking and canoeing as well as fishing. There are more than eight miles of trails in the area, with the “Crescent Lake Trail” being 7.8 miles long and leading into Plainville.
The area is the former Plainville Reservoir which was acquired by the Town in the late 1980s. Open space in Southington is dwindling while overdevelopment is thriving. The more we overdevelop and urbanize our town the higher our taxes and the lower our property values.
Our group is seeking new members and we encourage citizens to contact their council member and state legislators to oppose projects which pose such a detriment to the environment.
SCAO is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/734692253307321/ and Steve is reachable at (860) 302-8099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Theriault, Southington Citizens Against Overdevelopment