Baker: State preparing for ‘worst-case scenario’ drought / Task force to survey damage as 16 percent of state suffers from extreme conditions

[Comment from SAFE Co-Chair Jeffrey Barz-Snell: "...here is today's front page article about the Governor's visit to North Andover to tour the effects and damage from the drought."] From Salem News staff writer, Zoe Mathews: NORTH ANDOVER — Just hours before Gov. Charlie Baker set foot on Smolak Farms, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced an … Continue reading Baker: State preparing for ‘worst-case scenario’ drought / Task force to survey damage as 16 percent of state suffers from extreme conditions

As drought grows, towns need to cut water usage

[Comment from SAFE Co-Chair Jeffrey Barz-Snell: "The Ipswich River Watershed Assoc. is stepping up their efforts to engage communities in our area about water conservation. Salem and Beverly share a well designed water system but we do draw from the Ipswich River."] From a Boston Globe Editorial: After five months of dry weather, the drought has … Continue reading As drought grows, towns need to cut water usage

SAFE’s video of “Gas Pipelines and Salem’s Water Supply” now on YouTube and SATV

The June 28th presentations by Wayne Castonguay, Erin Bennett, PhD, and Cathy Kristofferson can now be seen on YouTube here. In Salem, the video will air on channel 3 on these dates and times: Friday, July 15, 2016: 9:30 PM Monday, July 18, 2016: 6:00 AM (go to SATV's online schedule for future airings) "Avoiding … Continue reading SAFE’s video of “Gas Pipelines and Salem’s Water Supply” now on YouTube and SATV

“Gas Pipelines and Salem’s Water Supply,” Parts I and II, are now on YouTube

Go to SAFE's YouTube channel to watch the recording of the June 28th event. Video published on Jul 9, 2016 Avoiding Flint - Protecting the Climate Sponsored by SAFE Part I (0 to 32 minute marker) Introductions by Jeff Barz-Snell, Co-Chair of SAFE "The Voice of the River," by Wayne Castonguay (Executive Director of the … Continue reading “Gas Pipelines and Salem’s Water Supply,” Parts I and II, are now on YouTube

June 28 SAFE event: “Avoiding Flint – Protecting the Climate”

Gas pipelines and Salem's water supply: the recent proposal to build a gas pipeline here on the North Shore could adversely affect the drinking water supplies of North Shore communities. Massive amounts of weed killer (herbicide) is sprayed on a regular basis around these pipelines to prevent plants from growing near them. These herbicides can … Continue reading June 28 SAFE event: “Avoiding Flint – Protecting the Climate”

Pipeline becomes issue in state rep race/Speliotis, Croce spar over money from lobbyist

The controversy over the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline has entered into the Massachusetts State Representative race in the 13th Essex District. Bob Croce is running against incumbent State Representative Ted Speliotis (Danvers). Croce is pointing out that Speliotis accepted campaign donations from Kinder Morgan, and that it's NOT coincidental that Speliotis doesn't oppose the … Continue reading Pipeline becomes issue in state rep race/Speliotis, Croce spar over money from lobbyist

Flint, Michigan: Did race and poverty factor into water crisis?

Michael Moore states that, while the lead poisoning of thousands of children was probably not premeditated, the "less expensive" course of action was taken by officials because it was known the poverty-stricken citizens of the mostly black city of Flint, Michigan would probably not fight back politically or legally. From CNN contributor, Michael Martinez, and activist/filmmaker, … Continue reading Flint, Michigan: Did race and poverty factor into water crisis?