Letter: Keep an expert on the Town Council – Re-elect Virginia Lee

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Kate Waterman. Kate Waterman is a former President of the Charlestown Town Council.


The political season is often called the “silly season” with good reason. One of the silliest claims being made by a local political party is that the Independent candidates on the Charlestown ballot don’t understand climate change or the importance of the Coastal Ponds.

As long as 30 years ago, as a Charlestown resident, I consulted with Virginia Lee about the health of West Pond. She was already an expert in the field! In the meantime she has added considerably to her credentials. She is a nationally recognized coastal planner with a Masters of Science in oceanography. Recently retired from the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island, she is an expert on our salt ponds and the coastal effects of climate change.

She was the U.S. program manager at The Coastal Resources Center at URI and the assistant director for marine extension at Rhode Island Sea Grant. She is the co-author of the 2012 report, “Climate Change and Rhode Island’s Coasts” and co-author of the “Salt Pond Region Special Area Management Plan” adopted by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council. Virginia Lee wrote the reports that the opposition candidate is quoting from!

Virginia and the other independent Town Council candidates understand that we can’t build our way out of climate change. Protecting land and ground water in a town like Charlestown will be critical.

Lets keep an expert on the Charlestown Town Council. Please re-elect Virginia Lee.

Kate Waterman
Kate Waterman