I write about the latest ruling on Lake Auburn‘s new watershed boundaries and better septic system rules.

Though septic systems should be made as effective as possible near the lake, runoff from development in the watershed would be more harmful. Better land use is most effective in protecting the lake’s clean water.

There seems to be no clear-cut agreement on whether or not runoff from development will hurt or benefit the lake. Since John Gendron’s property sits at the highest point of the “teacup” (watershed) it’s likely that this would be the culprit if building ensues.

Rather than Mr. Gendron developing the land, why not donate or sell it to the city for a park, tennis courts, an amphitheater for outdoor performances — something which would benefit both Lewiston and Auburn?

Better to protect this precious resource now than chance that development won’t harm it.

Building and paying for an expensive filtration system, which residents of both cities will have to shoulder, could be a option anytime down the road. Or will Mr. Gendron pay for this tragic error if, in fact, his actions cause the problem?

Try prevention first.

Barbara Shapiro, Auburn

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