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    Friday, September 29, 2023

    Friends will fight for Oswegatchie Hills

    William Mathew’s op-ed “East Lyme’s Choice is Now Clear” (Dec. 28), was correct in stating that East Lyme needs to find a way to protect and/or purchase the remaining 236 acres of the Oswegatchie Hills. Listing the reasons it’s important, along with supporting evidence, would take more space than allowed here. 

    What I disagree with is his statement that “Landmark has overcome the final impediment.” In contrast, Landmark’s recent sewer capacity allocation was just one step in a long process. 

    Landmark has never presented a detailed site plan to either the zoning or wetlands commissions. This stage is where the civil engineering, environmental concerns and potential damage the proposed development would cause will be evaluated by the town and CT-DEEP. 

    East Lyme residents have a voice, and it is during this upcoming process that those who believe that this unique land must be protected can be heard. I urge you to attend the land use hearings when they are scheduled and speak out. Those meetings are a critical part of our efforts to protect this treasure abutting the Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve. 

    Many steps remain, and the Friends are in the fight until the end. 

    Greg Decker

    President, Friends of the Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve


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