I was very impressed by some of the ideas put forward by residents of Groton at Oct. 15 Town Meeting.
Overwhelmingly, the populace denounced the current sewer proposal put forth for the Lost Lakes Area of Groton by the Groton Sewer Department.
This proposal was endorsed by the Board of Selectmen (with one exception), as well as the periodic update and assessment of the Nashoba Board of Health, yet denounced by the Groton Financial Committee.
Arguments to promote the proposal included need for clean water in the near future, centering around the current structural watershed, runoff from streets and lawns, septic systems with variances, and more demand for data.
Bottom line is, both sides were thoughtful, futuristic and consequently invited legislative bodies to provide more data.
That said, let us hope that we do not get stymied by "paralysis by analysis" while looking at our future resources. Clean water could be more valuable than all the gold, silver, property or autos that we may now have within 10, maybe even five years.
This is a bigger problem than egos or backroom deals.
I trust that the Groton community will ultimately affirm this action to put a low-pressure septic system within the lakes area.
I saw first-hand in Florida that changing aquifers, canals and water flows can have devastating results, including sink holes (which gobble up cars and trucks) and rancid lake pools, which could poison people and animals, ultimately rendering properties unusable.
I do hope that we address this issue with more sanity.
I was relieved to see the town take a "breather" on this situation until all parties are privy to more data.
God bless America.