Rep. Jim McConnell (R- Cheshire, District 21) will moderate a town hall style meeting on drinking water issues on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at James Mastricola Upper Elementary school in Merrimack.
The panel will also include presentations by Rep. Mindi Messmer (D-Rockingham, District 24), Citizens for Clean Water and community members involved in a door-to-door health survey stemming from concerns about drinking water safety.
McConnell is a retired US Army colonel and president of the NH State Council of Vietnam Veterans and will discuss his perspective on MTBE issues in his District as well as the range of diseases attributed to veteran exposure to Agent Orange.
McConnell will also discuss ongoing efforts to compel New Hampshire to take a precautionary approach to drinking water contamination.
Messmer has over 28 years of experience as an environmental scientist and is a current student at Georgetown University in a public health related M.S. degree program. She will provide background information on threats to drinking water and discuss community efforts to define drinking water and public health issues in Merrimack.