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To the Editor,


Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001Please, please, Fillmore County residents, stop and think before you open our area to developers and/or new residences on "10-acre woodlots." We now, in year 2001, have fertile land, plenty of woods, and relatively unpolluted air and water. This will all change as rapidly as the population increases. Do we want another "suburb" here in these very erodable hills?

Water should be the key to your decisions---whether it is either too much (flooding) or too little (drought). And pollution often takes years to detect, sometimes only after effects such as fish kill are observed.

Last spring gave us an example of flood damage when many gravel roads were washed out.needing help from FEMA to pay for repairs.

And drought? In late August of l964 I moved into this area from rural southwest MN (Bricelyn.) I brought my belongings, and a years supply of alfalfa hay, and a sorrel quarterhorse (packed in that order) in a big Funk truck. There was no hay available here. The "corn" was about a foot high. It hadnt rained all that summer. Wells were going dry; many springs dried up. Neighboring farms had water hauled in from the Preston Creamery (using milk trucks) for their livestock and themselves. Apparently the lowered water table could not handle the needs of the population that lived here in l964.what will happen with many more wells using the water?

In an extended drought many rural homes will probably be abandonedwhat happens to the "tax base" then?

The bigger picture is even more potentially disastrous global warming is apparently disturbing the jet stream. In northeast Washington State (in historically the rainiest part of the U.S.) last summer the apple growers needed to water the trees every day. The Canadian guest (Wm. Thomas) on the Art Bell late-night talk show last week said that records are being set there for sunshine and lack of rainfall, and that wells are drying up. Art Bell responded, "Its everywhere now."

Is this the reason that people want to escape to Fillmore County? Because it cant happen here? It has, and it can.

Barbara Upton
Fountain, MN

Please, please, Fillmore County residents, stop and think before you open our area to developers and/or new residences on "10-acre woodlots." We now, in year 2001, have fertile land, plenty of woods, and relatively unpolluted air and water. This will all change as rapidly as the population increases. Do we want another "suburb" here in these very erodable hills?

Water should be the key to your decisions---whether it is either too much (flooding) or too little (drought). And pollution often takes years to detect, sometimes only after effects such as fish kill are observed.

Last spring gave us an example of flood damage when many gravel roads were washed out.needing help from FEMA to pay for repairs.

And drought? In late August of l964 I moved into this area from rural southwest MN (Bricelyn.) I brought my belongings, and a years supply of alfalfa hay, and a sorrel quarterhorse (packed in that order) in a big Funk truck. There was no hay available here. The "corn" was about a foot high. It hadnt rained all that summer. Wells were going dry; many springs dried up. Neighboring farms had water hauled in from the Preston Creamery (using milk trucks) for their livestock and themselves. Apparently the lowered water table could not handle the needs of the population that lived here in l964.what will happen with many more wells using the water?

In an extended drought many rural homes will probably be abandonedwhat happens to the "tax base" then?

The bigger picture is even more potentially disastrous global warming is apparently disturbing the jet stream. In northeast Washington State (in historically the rainiest part of the U.S.) last summer the apple growers needed to water the trees every day. The Canadian guest (Wm. Thomas) on the Art Bell late-night talk show last week said that records are being set there for sunshine and lack of rainfall, and that wells are drying up. Art Bell responded, "Its everywhere now."

Is this the reason that people want to escape to Fillmore County? Because it cant happen here? It has, and it can.

Barbara Upton
Fountain, MN

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