Road salt remains a problem in Windham
During Monday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen, David Poulson, director of the town’s solid waste department, gave an update on state and local efforts to address the problem.
Poulson, along with Road Agent Jack McCartney, have been actively involved in salt reduction efforts with the communities of Derry, Salem and Londonderry, as well as other towns along the I-93 corridor.“It’s a big pie and you have to share in the reductions,” he said. “It can be very problematic when you have to share the burden.”
Over the past two decades, Windham has been active in the state’s Volunteer Lake Assessment Program, where citizens assist in monitoring local waters for pollutants.
While road salt, or chloride pollution, cannot be treated in a traditional sense, the salt can be flushed out of a water body.
Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia lauded Poulson’s efforts.
“It’s important to protect our resources as is reasonable,” she said. “I think there are a lot of things that can be done. We can have development and still deal with the issue of storm water runoff. There are plenty of things we can do in our local community.”
“These responsibilities should be shared,” Poulson said.
“The time has come for us to take a good look at Windham’s own regulations and make sure we’re protecting our water resources,” she said.
Scott stressed that it is development in general, and not just economic development, that has contributed to the storm water runoff problem.
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