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Regarding Ted Booker’s article in the Watertown Daily Times on Feb. 23, “Letter from wildlife groups says federal eagle permit rule gives wind developers ‘license to kill,’” referencing a letter to the Department of the Interior from Save the River, Thousand Islands Land Trust and Algonquin to Adirondack Collaborative:

Working on the St. Lawrence River as a private contractor for the past 29 years, and living six miles inland, married to a woman whose family has roots in the 1000 Islands since the 1910s, the possibility of 500-foot towers, ostensibly to capture a renewable energy source in the 1000 Island region, had direct consequence for my livelihood, my solitude and my wife’s family’s way of life.

The natural beauty of the area, and the flora and fauna that both dwell here and pass through here, are some of the elements that make this a truly unique spot.

The river is a natural draw for wildlife, and it holds a special place for humankind as well.

It’s a travesty that an industrial, for-profit enterprise would consider this place to be suitable for its activities.

Adding insult to injury, it is subsidized by taxpayers’ dollars.

The new regulations allowing the killing, and the self-monitoring by the industrial wind industry, are as obscene as efforts to site the industry in the 1000 Islands region.

Thank you for highlighting the critical habitat that the 1000 Islands and the St. Lawrence River provide for migratory waterfowl, as well as bald eagles, in your letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

And thank you for protesting the current legislation that would allow industrial wind development in this region to decimate many of these species.

David Duff

Macomb

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