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On Friday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grafton Elementary School gymnasium, civil and environmental engineer Geoffrey Goll of Princeton Hydro will discuss the Saxtons River watershed and the potential impact of industrial wind. The focus will be based on his direct relevant experience with other wind projects and the impacts of Vermont’s high elevation headwater sources of water for people and the ecology.

Goll will highlight the extreme difficulty of controlling storm water runoff from high-impact, high-elevation construction sites. He will describe the risks associated with the permit conditions and subsequent lack of enforcement by Vermont in permitting of the wind turbine project at Lowell. He will also discuss the downstream risks imparted by such projects – including increased flooding, stream bank erosion, and sedimentation on culverts, bridges, and downstream communities.

This is a free event sponsored by the non-profit organizations Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham. The public is invited; refreshments will be served. Snow/weather date is Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m.