Letter to Gazette from Ward 5: “Don’t sacrifice wetlands to encourage development”

Today’s Gazette publishes a letter from Elizabeth Steiniger of Florence:

…As a ward 5 resident, I elected my representative to respond to the needs of the ward’s constituents–both human and non-human–rather than represent the perceived needs of the real estate industry… [W]etlands protection serves to mitigate flooding greatly, a fact I am grateful for as my home (c.1870) abuts the Mill River…

…Northampton is a special place because of its proximity to nature, and by opening the door to big development we are closing the door on the things we love about our town.