As an alternative source of power, wind-generated electricity has strong supporters and strong opponents. Those who are against large-scale wind farms have cited objections ranging from blocked views to health issues like headaches and insomnia from the noise of the wind turbines.
Now, opponents have another objection: a threat to local water quality. Some Vermont residents contend that a proposed wind farm near Grafton could increase flooding and erosion and degrade water quality. They say it will be difficult to manage stormwater runoff from the steep, mountainous terrain where the facility would be built. The roads necessary to build and maintain the wind turbines, residents say, would increase the impervious surface on the mountain above a city that’s already prone to flooding.
Debates have been held at public information sessions over the last few weeks, with engineers and environmentalists weighing in on both sides of the issue; are the benefits gained from a renewable energy source more significant than the potential environmental damage (and potential drop in real estate prices near the facility)? How large a dent can the wind farm make in the region’s reliance on fossil fuels? You can find more on the public meetings here.