My wife and I enjoyed driving our three sons around Lake Auburn.

As infants, the ride meant an early nap time, as toddlers the chance to stop and hop on rocks or throw stones in the water. And as youths it meant enjoying the changing seasons, ice cream, lunch and miniature golf. Our grandchildren are doing the same now.

I recall the Auburn Water District’s acquisition of property around the lake, the ordinances/laws enacted to modify boat access to and on the lake, and the creation of the new boat ramp on Route 4, all to promote access to and the protection of the lake.

My parents owned a camp on a lake in Sabattus. As a youth I remember water skiing, fishing, swimming, boating, cookouts and family reunions. I also remember the times when that body of water transitioned during certain contaminated water run-offs and algae blooms.

Simply, more development, population density, and changes to wastewater disposal around Lake Auburn will ultimately change the quality of water.

Politicians and developers need to remember that Auburn citizens vote. And they should have the opportunity to vote at referendum on the proposed changes that certainly will impact the water quality of Lake Auburn.

Lake Auburn needs protection from local politicians and developers who seek to put money in their wallets instead of clean water in Lewiston and Auburn homes.

Henry Aliberti, Auburn

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