Thanks to everyone who helped put my name on this year’s ballot as a candidate for Groton Water Commissioner. Every signature was deeply appreciated, especially from those of you who don’t yet know who I am or why you should want me to represent your interests on the commission.
Let’s fix that right now.
My name is Greg R. Fishbone. I live in the downtown historic district of Groton with my wife Dori and our two young girls. I grew up in Newton, where our water came from a distant part of the state and a reservoir that once swallowed up four disincorporated towns. Our water was taken from other communities and transported through other communities with no locally-sourced alternative.
In the summer of 2012, Dori and I moved our family to Groton. We attended a Groton Historical Society ramble and found ourselves for the first time on the scenic shore of Baddacook Pond. Looking out at the water and trees, we felt as if we’d been dropped into a spring water commercial. You remember the one where a pristine source is jealously guarded by woodland creatures? That one, except that it was “what it means to be from Groton.”
Since making Groton our home, I have taken an active role in the community:
- I am a member of the Groton Interfaith Council, which fosters understanding, respect, justice, and peace among people of a variety of religious traditions;
- I am a member of the Groton Board of Trade, which fosters the business and agricultural growth that enhances our cultural and economic qualities of life;
- I served on the Groton Town Meeting Review Study Committee, which investigated ways to promote and increase participation in Town Meeting;
- I served on the Groton Reads Committee, which coordinates a community-wide reading event for the Groton Public Library;
- I served on the Stop the Pipeline Coordinating Committee of Groton, helping to ensure that New England energy policies were designed to serve the needs of local residents rather than just maximizing corporate profits; and
- I serve on the Board of Directors for the Groton Historical Society, which is working to preserve Groton’s past and familiarize the public with Groton’s local history and traditions.
As an attorney, licensed in Massachusetts since 1996, I am familiar with matters of legal compliance, the interpretation of state and federal regulations, and the often-tangled and overlapping jurisdiction of regulatory bodies. I am conversant with environmental issues, matters of resource conservation, public health, and public safety. As a Groton Water Commissioner, I will guide the Groton Water Department in compliance both with the law and with our shared community values.
As a small business owner, I strive to embody a commitment to service, integrity, and innovation. Through Groton Pixel, my web design company, I specialize in helping organizations with their customer service, stakeholder outreach, and information sharing. As a Groton Water Commissioner, I will guide the Groton Water Department to improve outreach and implement new technologies.
As Groton Water Department customers, my wife and I want water that’s safe, reliable, and affordable. We want the pitcher of tap water on our table at every meal to be a healthy option for our children. We want to know that the fire hydrant near our home is properly pressurized in case it should ever be needed. As a Groton Water Commissioner, I will keep the Groton Water Department focused on public health and safety, and also on conservation to ensure that our water resources continue to meet town needs well into the future.
I believe that whether you get your water from a private well or a town well, we are all tapping into a shared resource that’s limited, sensitive, and precious.
I believe we all have a duty to protect and steward that resource, both by our personal conservation efforts and by electing public officials who share our community values and priorities.
I believe there’s a gap between what the Groton Water Department has been doing and what it could be doing. It’s the gap between “good enough” and the excellence we deserve.
As your Groton Water Commissioner, I will work hard to close that gap.
Thank you for your time and attention.