Saint Albans Messenger, October 3, 2015
I love Fairfield Pond, also known as Dream Lake. It’s been our home for 16 years. My wife Sally and I have lovingly cared for the pond, protecting its health and water quality since the beginning. I also love to fish. And, I love fall. But most of all I love fall fishing. I love seeing the sky fill with geese and ducks during the fall migration. Fairfield Pond is a main flyway for migrating waterfowl. I love the fall colors on the pond, particularly over the ridgeline, yes the Rocky Ridge that straddles Swanton and Fairfield Pond. I love the amazing wildlife we are so privileged to see. On any given day you can see ducks, geese, heron, eagles, osprey, loons, beaver, muskrats, minks, deer, and more.
Men of my generation were raised to be strong. I We’re not supposed to get emotional. We deal with the problem, face it head on, suck it up. The other night I needed to go out fishing. I needed to be out on the pond. I needed to enjoy the serenity and beauty that it offers. The peacefulness was overwhelming. I was the only boat out there.
Then, I looked up. I looked up to where seven, 500 foot tall industrial wind turbines are proposed to be put on Rocky Ridge in Swanton, also towering over Fairfield Pond. It brought me to tears. In my 56 years I’ve cried on very few occasions; my daughter’s birth, my daughter’s wedding, my father’s death and maybe one or two other times. As a man whose supposed to be strong, it felt strange to cry over turbines. After all, none of my loved ones are dying from cancer or some other terrible disease. Why would I be so upset over turbines going in? Well, it’s because I took the time to educate myself about industrial wind turbines. Now that I’ve educated myself, I know that the sound will be enhanced and travel further over water. The turbine lights will reflect off the water, contributing to light pollution. It won’t be the same watching another lunar eclipse under that amazing starry sky and Milky Way that we recently enjoyed. If you want to learn more visit http://www.swantonwindvt.org. We’ve been blessed to live on Fairfield Pond, but this is not our pond, this is everyone’s pond, and an amazing, beautiful, natural resource it is. Fairfield Pond will never be the same! Fortunately our young grandsons have been able to experience the beauty of Fairfield Pond in its natural state. My job is to help them remember how it used to be.
Bruce Collopy, a resident of Fairfield