On Wednesday after the controlled cattail burn in Silt was cancelled, I agreed to an interview with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh. Marsh also interviewed Mayor Rick Aluise. So for the first time since the Town of Silt announced the proposed controlled cattail burn you will hear some of the reasons behind it from Mr. Mayor himself.
Click here and click on listen — the audio is about 4 minutes. I’ll wait …
Ok, I’m not going to debate whether the cattail wetlands are “true” wetlands or not. Public officials are fond of complicating the issues in the hope that people will stop paying attention. “True” wetlands or no, it doesn’t matter. The wetlands exist and they are part of our environmental ecosystem.
I will say that Silt already has a mosquito control program in place and there has never been a case of West Nile virus reported in Silt — or Garfield County for that matter. The mosquito/West Nile virus excuse simply doesn’t make any sense.
The point is, nothing Aluise says in the interview justifies deliberately polluting the air and putting public health and safety at risk in western Garfield County.
According to Marsh’s report, “officials will meet again in two weeks to decide whether a burn will occur this spring.”
We will be paying attention …