Sunday, March 20, 2005
SB 121 - ATV's and drinking water
Unfortunately, the same legislation was reintroduced in this session as SB121. This bill proposes to reduce the size of the protection areas around drinking water wells. In addition, SB121 would take away the authority of town planning boards to approve new ATV trails in private property.
The full text of the bill is available at:http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2005/SB0121.html
If passed, SB121 would effectively shrink the radius of protection around a drinking water well from 4000 to 400 feet. This is a ten fold decrease in radius size and a 100 fold decrease in area protected. With drinking water scarcity becoming an issue throughout the state and the State filing lawsuits over groundwater contamination by MTBE (a component of gasoline), weakening protection for drinking water is not a prudent measure. A small percentage of the population rides ATVs for recreation while every person needs clean drinking water. Moreover, New Hampshire has a long history of "local control" governance. The authority to review and approve new ATV trails should remain with the town planning boards.
Please take a moment to call or write your elected representatives and urge them to oppose SB121.
You can find your representatives at: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/ie/whosmyleg/
You can also contact the Senators who are on the Senate Environment and Wildlife Committee:
Carl Johnson (Meredith) firstname.lastname@example.org 603-279-6492
John Gallus (Berlin) email@example.com 603-752-1066
Jack Barnes (Raymond) firstname.lastname@example.org 603-895-9352
Ted Gatsas (Manchester) email@example.com 603-668-1233
Margaret Hassan (Exeter) firstname.lastname@example.org 603-772-4187
This is a post I found by Phil Trowbridge of the Allenstown Conservation Commission reposted on a PRO-ATV [and anti-SB121] forum at http://www.atvtime.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/001812.html
Here is more information about issue on another Pro-ATV webpage.
Anybody know any Pro-Enviroment pages relating to this issue?
"The local legislative body of a municipality shall not by ordinance or resolution authorize the planning board to review and approve or disapprove site plans for the developement, siting, maintenance, or use of trails on private property for off highway vehicles as define in RSA 215-A:l."