The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 21, 2000

Chelmsford wells not a threat

To the Editor:

Your article concerning water rights on the Cranberry Bog contained blatant inaccuracies expressed by Mark Duffy, created to heighten anxieties concerning Chelmsford's use of water from the Cranberry Bog. In your article you stated that 357,000 gallons of water is equivalent to "ten acre-feet or 40 acres of water ten feet deep." There are 43,560 square feet/acre. There are 7.48 gallons/cubic foot. Thus 326,000 gallons is equal to one acre of water one foot deep. The average annual rainfall for Massachusetts is 40 inches. Thus for the 300 acres of the entire bog purchase the average annual rainfall is 326 million gallons. If Chelmsford were to pump 250 thousand gallons/day for 365 days a year this would be 91 million gallons or 28% of the rainfall for the area. Chelmsford owns at least 28% of the bog purchase.

The results of these simple calculations make it clear that Chelmsford wells will not affect our water supply except perhaps at times of severe drought. The primary need of the cranberry operation for water seems to be in the late fall for harvest flooding and in winter to protect crops while residential demand for water should be peaking in June, July and August because of gardening.

The bog property was purchased in 1986, according to my manual, for active and passive recreation. While other conservation properties have been maintained in corn (Foss Farm) or hay (Bisbee), some recreation property has been maintained in its natural state (Town Forest) at a relatively low cost. The conservation committee has chosen to maintain a cranberry bog farm but this should not be at great expense to the taxpayer. The bog property has been a continual drain on the time of the conservation committee. Hydrological studies and water resources lawyers are uncalled for. Chelmsford should monitor pond and subsurface water levels with specified restrictions as to the amount of depletion allowed but should be allowed to proceed with their project. If farmer Duffy feels threatened by Chelmsford's wells, let him contest them.

Edward Bing
Old East Street

A second grader's plea for the Conant Land

To The Editor:

My name is Annie and I'm 8 years old. I'm in the second grade. In school I had a special assignment. We called it: "Carlisle Investigation." There was a list of places like Wolf Rock, Buffalo Rock, Turtle Rock and Castle Rock that second grade students were asked to visit. Castle Rock is my favorite place. When I went to it, someone said that people were going to build houses on the land near Castle Rock and I was very upset! That's why I'm writing this letter.

I know that there are lots of fun places in Carlisle and we should respect those places! There are lots of people who come to the Conant Land. The whole first grade goes to Fish Tail pond. The whole second grade goes to Castle Rock. I know there are lots of beautiful leaves near Castle Rock. I am writing this letter because I think that we should respect the Conant Land and not develop it.

Annie King
Acton Street

Capsule has been found

To the Editor:

The time capsule has been found! In the early eighties, several grades (I believe the sixth, seventh and eighth) in the Carlisle School buried a time capsule near the Highland School during a week-long celebration of the "Future." It was to be opened in the year 2000.

My brother's class (82) got together two years ago to dig up what they thought was their capsule. Instead they dug up ours. I happened to be driving by so was able to retrieve most of what they found.

Unfortunately, the contents were extremely wet, muddy, and smelly, but we tried to save as much as possible, and the remainder is now stored in my parents' garage.

How about getting together Friday, November 24, 2000 (the day after Thanksgiving) at the school to see what remains and to catch up with one another? Save the date on your calendar now and more details will follow.

Give me a call at (978) 768-7803 or email ( if you are interested in helping to plan such an event, want to know more, or have information about your classmates, such as addresses. It would be great to have at least one representative from each class to help out.

Sally Milliken, class of '83
formerly of Estabrook Road

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