Manchester panel says tap water, horses don't mix
"We think it's very, very important to hear from people, and it's very important to assess the science," she said. She said the comment period on the regulations close Monday.
The penalties associated with Water Works rules could not be as severe as those resulting from DES rule violations. DES violations could result in a misdemeanor criminal charge. Water Works can only issue court summonses to people who violate its regulations.
Boutin said New Hampshire equestrians are among the best stewards of the environment.
Paris said he doesn't have hard scientific data about the lake readily available. But in the 40 years he's worked with Water Works, he said he's seen the water quality go down. Factors include road salt, climate change and nutrient loading, he said.
. Banned any horseback riding through water in lakes, ponds or streams.
. Prohibited horses from bike trails, boat launches and picnic areas.
The final proposed regulations, issued March 11, eliminated those restrictions.On March 17, Burack wrote Boutin and fellow Sens. Chuck Morse of Salem, Sharon Carson of Londonderry and Jim Rausch of Derry to say the horseback riding restrictions at Lake Massabesic had been deleted.He said the DES will work with Water Works and the public to assess additional protective measures.
Paris said he's disappointed with the delay. He said lots of data are available about the water, but the records are stored away.
He said he tried to work with the equestrian community. They ruled out horse diapers. And they rejected the idea of using only trails far from the water; they enjoyed the nice views, he said.
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