This week’s vote in Exeter, New Hampshire, was a pivotal one for the health of the Great Bay estuary, showing once again how much Seacoast residents care about clean water. At stake was the funding for a new sewage treatment facility and the adoption of nitrogen fertilizer regulations. Exeter residents stepped up in a big way, approving a $50 million bond to construct a new sewage treatment plant and innovative regulations to reduce pollution from fertilizers.
I was joined at the polls by some Exeter residents and a few Clean Water Advocates, holding signs and talking to people about clean water and the bond at issue. By 9 p.m. the results were in. We had surpassed the required 60% threshold significantly – ending up with 72% of the vote.
In addition to securing the funds to allow construction – $5 million had been bonded last year for designing the facility – voters approved fertilizer regulations intended to reduce nitrogen flowing into the Exeter/Squamscott River and downstream into Great Bay.
These results are huge victories for our continued effort to reduce pollution in the estuary. Considerable time and effort had been spent in Exeter over the last two and a half years. And that investment has paid off. Exeter voters deserve our thanks for proactively dealing with pollution and setting a high standard for others.