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Dover council votes to go organic on city land

Union Leader Correspondent

February 28. 2018 9:40PM
Melissa Paly of the Conservation Law Foundation urged the city council in Dover to adopt organic land management practices during their meeting Wednesday. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

DOVER — City councilors unanimously approved a resolution committing to organic land management practices on public land Wednesday night.

Prior to their 9-0 decision, Conservation Law Foundation’s Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper Melissa Paly applauded the work of the city in reducing pollution in local waterways, and encouraged councilors to adopt the resolution to protect the estuary.

“This resolution is another really important milestone in the health of rivers and bays,” Paly said.

Five people spoke in favor of the resolution during the citizens’ forum. One person spoke against it.

Dover resident Kathy Russell said her family makes conscious choices to eat organic and avoid chemicals. She urged councilors to support the land management practices to make sure citizens are not exposed to potentially dangerous substances on public lands.

Resident Kristen Lanzer talked about the work of Non Toxic Dover in bringing the resolution to the council.

“I really encourage you to help us,” Lanzer said.

The person behind the initiative is Non Toxic Dover founder Diana Carpinone, a local mother who became vocal a few years ago after learning that the lawn of Dover Public Library was being treated with synthetic fertilizer.

Wednesday’s resolution was put forward by Councilor Dennis Shanahan. He said a number of people in the city support moving away from chemicals in lawn and turf treatments.

“The folks out there, the people of Dover, want to see this go through,” Shanahan told the council.

City Councilor Dennis Ciotti voiced his support for the resolution.

“I think it’s the step in the right direction. It’s certainly a feather in Dover’s cap,” Ciotti said.

In September, the Portsmouth City Council approved a similar resolution by a 7-1 vote.

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