A poem written by Bliss Carman while living in New Canaan around 1915.
FIREFLIESTHE fireflies across the duskAre flashing signals through the gloom—Courageous messengers of lightThat dare immensities of doom.About the seeding meadow-grass,Like busy watchmen in the street,They come and go, they turn and pass,Lighting the way for Beauty's feetOr up they float on viewless wingsTo twinkle high among the trees,And rival with soft glimmeringsThe shining of the Pleiades.
On Jul 14, 2016, at 4:54 PM, Mike Johnson wrote:
It was very kind of Bill McDonald to show us around his expansive wildflower meadow this afternoon. He has generously offered to guide folks this evening (Thursday) at 9:30 pm to the best spot for viewing the magnificent display of several thousand fireflies flitting about through his firefly highway.
They won't be around all summer, and I would hate for anyone to miss out on this remarkable spectacle. The stewards know the spot, and the clouds should have broken by dusk, just in time for the "lights" to come on.
Skip, Great research. PURA casually overlooked this aspect. When you get down to it, clean water, biodiversity, scenic beauty and an involved citizenry are the key natural resources of our Town. Continuing the conservation effort to preserve this parcel cuts across party lines and is in all our interests. Like Nantucket, we should be leaders in conservation. If we can't accomplish this in New Canaan, what hope is there for the world?
Have a wonderful 4th.
Best, Chris SchipperOn Jul 2, 2016 8:19 AM, "Skip Hobbs" wrote:Dear Cristina......... and Chris, Susan, Sue, Rob and Cam and Margaret Miner of Rivers Alliance;PURA has ruled in favor of Aquarion, as Aquarion has made the case that it no longer needs the lands to service its water customers. The current law only thinks about water supply for "now", although there does appear to be a 50 year plan.Rob Mallozzi was finally able to get some documentation about the former well field from Aquarion and made copies for me. Aquarion could not locate any maps of the aquifer ( I know they exist). The wellfield was apparently a fairly robust source of potable water for the New Canaan Water Company."The Weed Street Wellfield consisted of a 12 foot diameter caison well about 30 feet deep and four 8-inch driven wells also about 30 feet deep, all in gravel.. THe driven wells are all equiped with 1.5 hp submersible pumps which discharge into the caisson well. the caisson well had a 25 hp pump and a 40 hp booster pump to the low service distribution system at rates of 338 and 350 gpm, respectfully. The wellfield produced an average of 184 gallons/minute between 1980-1985. A 1970's court injunction limiting draw-down made use of the field impractical. - Joe Rucci told me that the owners of the Jellif Mill sued the water company for taking so much water out of the Noroton River system that the Jelliff Mill pond level fell below the mill's intake sluice. The wellfield apparently ceased operation in the 1980's and was finally abandoned last year.There is a substantial aquifer present that could serve as a future source of water for New Canaan - for our grandchildren, when surface water becomes a valuable commodity due to global warming and local drought. Unfortunately, the current laws do not require us to think very far ahead. PURA and Aquarion did not consider, and do not have to consider under current law, that the 18 acre parcel is in fact a recharge area for the downstream aquifer.Regards,Skip HobbsGeologist, Farmer and ConservationistOn Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 10:05 PM, Cristina A Ross wrote:
Hi Skip,This is devastating, it almost makes me wonder what the "PURA" commission's responsibility truly is and who's interest are they in charge of protecting.Do you have any idea if thIs is an appealable decision?I think we should plan to speak at the P&Z hearing, what are your thoughts?Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.Regards,Cristina
http://newcanaanite.com/state-approves-controversial-aquarion-land-sale-under-draft-decision-final-decision-expected-wednesday-40161This pretty much tells the story...Best, Chris