To the Editor:

To members of the Wells Planning Board,

Last week’s relatively benign rain storm wreaked havoc in the form of flooding in the neighborhood of Stephen Eaton Lane, as well as the other side of the proposed Harborside Village subdivision site, the Abenaki Professional Business Park, located just off Route 1.

When does it end?

What natural disaster do you pick? Do you wait for lives and homes to be lost to take the only logical, reasonable correct action, which is to arrest the onslaught of subdivision sprawl in Wells?

It’s too late for the wetlands ecosystem. The web of life is doomed when we refute our place in it.

Perhaps that too is how the residents of California felt prior to their irreversible devastation and tragedy. The fires. Not an “act of God.” Clearly an act of humans, traced back to the starting point of casting a blind’s eye to responsible town planning and an honest look at the burdens a land can truthfully sustain before collapse, destruction, devastation.

“But wetlands do not exist only to serve our needs. They provide critical habitat for a myriad of species that form a delicate and complex web of life.” (Maine DEP https://www.maine.gov/dep/water/wetlands/index.html )

It does not take a rocket, environmental or any other kind of scientist to clearly see. As wildlife habitat is lost due to human short-sighted, selfish gains, also lost is the delicate balance of the ecosystem.

I urge the board to deny the Harborside Village subdivision proposed for the Stephen Eaton Lane neighborhood.

Furthermore, “The board may base its decision on non-expert testimony in the record if it finds that testimony more credible than expert testimony presented on the same issue.” (MMA Planning Board Manual Feb 2017, p.35)

Chase Delaney

Wells