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The North Chautauqua County Water District has gone on record as strongly opposed to installing wind turbines on Lake Erie in a letter sent Thursday to County Executive PJ Wendel.

Fredonia anti-wind activist Mark Twichell provided a copy of the letter to OBSERVER.

“NCCWD is concerned that Lake Erie water quality is not affected by the potential for contaminants entering the water due to the construction and operation of wind turbines in Lake Erie waters.” says the letter.

The district is supplied by the city of Dunkirk, which obtains its water from Lake Erie.

“NCCWD and the City of Dunkirk provide drinking water to more than 20,000 residents, two public school districts, a state prison, a regional hospital, and many large industrial food processors in the region.” continue the letter.

“Clean water is essential to our region and the potential to negatively impact water quality would have devastating effects on our regional economy and the health of our citizens.”

The letter is signed by Richard Purol, president of the water district and supervisor of the city of Dunkirk. It states “the members of the entire NCCWD board” They are represented.

Twichell said copies of the letter were also sent to state Governor Kathy Hochul, Sen. George Borrello and state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell.

Meanwhile, the Citizens Against Wind Turbines on Lake Erie will have their fifth open meeting on the plan for 50 wind turbines on Lake Erie from Hamburg to Dunkirk on Monday, December 5. The public can attend and find out how this will affect them.

It will take place at the Southtowns Walleye building, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Doors open at 6 and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Those with questions can call Sharen Trembath at 716-549-4330.

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