Sunday, March 26, 2006

Our Local Water Supply: Status, Problems , Fixes

The Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists will have a special forum this Monday, "Our Local Water Supply: Status, Problems , Fixes". Learn from local experts what the most pressing issues are impacting the water we rely upon in the greater Rochester region for good health, recreation, and economic viability. There will be four short presentations:

Margie Peet, former Monroe County Water Coordinator will give an overview of our local water quality issues: " The Bad News and the Good News".

Bill Larsen, RIT Civil Engineering teacher, who has worked actively on water problems in Antigua and Haiti, will addres the effects of developmnet and sprawl on water quality. He will discuss the impacts of flooding, loss of wetlands, and other issues.

Jason Haremza, a planner with the Genesee FInger Lakes Regional Planning Council, will describe actions which citizens can take in reviewing their municipalities'comprehennsive plans and zoning regulations.

Joe Makarewicz, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Biology at SUNY Brockport, will look at the future of our water resources. He will contrast the best and worst case scenarios as they are llikely to be caused by present human activity.

Small group discussions on the issues, priorities and proposals for citizen involvement will follow. There will be active displays and resources of groups engaged in water issues. Light refreshments will be served.

The forum will be held from 7-9:15 at downstairs at First Baptist Church 1862 Penfield Rd. (441) just east of the Penfield 4 corners.. Park and enter at the east end in the rear of the building.

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