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Monday, June 2, 2014

Lowering river needlessly harms Nashua’s interests

Letter to the Editor

Once again, the operators of the Pawtucket Dam in Lowell are lowering the Merrimack River in New Hampshire to repair damaged non-historic flashboards. This action at the start of the boating season adversely affects Nashua’s interests. It is to be hoped that Nashua has filed a legal brief in support of the Federal Energy Regulator Commission’s efforts to replace the old flashboards with Jackson Falls -type crestgates. The Park Service and National Trust argument that the 20th-century plywood flashboards warrant protection as historic artifacts of a pre-Civil War dam is patently absurd. Modern unobtrusive crestgates would preclude the need for disruptive lowering of the river for repairs of old flashboards.

Gene Porter ...

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Once again, the operators of the Pawtucket Dam in Lowell are lowering the Merrimack River in New Hampshire to repair damaged non-historic flashboards. This action at the start of the boating season adversely affects Nashua’s interests. It is to be hoped that Nashua has filed a legal brief in support of the Federal Energy Regulator Commission’s efforts to replace the old flashboards with Jackson Falls -type crestgates. The Park Service and National Trust argument that the 20th-century plywood flashboards warrant protection as historic artifacts of a pre-Civil War dam is patently absurd. Modern unobtrusive crestgates would preclude the need for disruptive lowering of the river for repairs of old flashboards.

Gene Porter

Nashua