The Falmouth Enterprise’s October 8 article, “Guard Leads Tours Of Base, Touts Environmental Safety Of Gun Range,” provides a lengthy summary of the Army National Guard’s talking points in defense of their plan to build an eight-lane, multipurpose machine gun range on our legally protected, sole-source aquifer. The article, however, leaves out a critical point that has never been part of the JBCC’s narrative: the $11.5 million, taxpayer-funded project is unnecessary.

Base officials have led us to believe that the only training range for troops to meet their training qualifications is to travel 270 miles away to Jericho, Vermont. Yet, on September 29, a Stoughton-based company was awarded a $7.9 million contract “to modernize and redesign” an existing multipurpose machine gun range at Fort Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts. That range would provide a training alternative that is convenient to troops all across the state.

The Upper Cape Water Supply Reserve provides three million gallons of drinking water daily to residents of Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee and Sandwich. Given the Cape’s already fragile water supply, the introduction of new risks to the reserve is a bad idea, full stop. Senators Markey and Warren, Congressman Keating, state Senator Susan Moran, Representative Dylan Fernandes, the Barnstable County commissioners, and nearly every environmental group on the Cape have expressed their opposition and concerns about the plan.

Rosemary Dreger Carey

Old Main Road

North Falmouth

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