With a 197-86 town meeting vote last week following an August public hearing where more than 20 spoke, Ridgefielders made it clear they want aquifer protection responsibilities in the hands of the new independent Inland Wetlands Board.
But it’s not a question of bureaucratic jurisdiction that drew the crowd. What people are passionate about is protecting aquifers as resources that will provide tomorrow’s drinking water. And, they’re also passionate about protecting the environment — all of it, not just aquifers in Ridgefield but wetlands and woodlands across Connecticut, Long Island Sound, and resources all across the country and around the world. They want to protect Appalachia from strip mining, reduce overuse of fertilizers on midwestern farm fields, preserve the Rockies’ splendor, save the California coastline, and stop the burning of the rain forest in Brazil.