The Herring Ponds Watershed Association Board of Directors is firmly committed to improving the water quality in our watershed waterways. To this end, we are asking you to vote for Plymouth town officials on Election Day, Saturday May 20, 2023. While we will not recommend specific candidates (unless asked!), we urge you to carefully research your choices and vote for those who will move Plymouth in a different direction, especially in the areas of preserving water quality and our beautiful Plymouth environment. The current town government has been particularly neglectful in the areas of enforcing clear cutting near waterways, of allowing development encroachments near town wells, and of removal of sand that protects the aquifer below from pollutants.
In past town elections, turnout has only been around 10% of eligible voters. We hope that you will vote and encourage your neighbors to do so also. We deserve better receptiveness to public input on the part of our elected officials. We need more awareness of the consequences of not protecting our water supply – water that is necessary for both drinking and for recreation.
Also up for vote is the new Plymouth Charter, which defines the roles and jurisdiction of the various Plymouth governing bodies. Bill Abbott has led the year-long effort to revise the current charter. The revisions are important and significant. If passed (with your yes vote), the new Charter would retain the Town Meeting form of government in Plymouth and distribute governmental responsibilities more equitably. Everyone should have received their own copy of the Charter in the mail.
Local governments often have more effect on our lives than the government in Washington. Cast a vote for the welfare of our watershed and of our community on May 20. Thank you!