Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Congress You Can Actually Support

If you're reading this, chances are you live in the Schuylkill River Watershed. Learn more about it this Saturday in Pottstown at the Schuylkill Watershed Congress at the West Campus of Montgomery County Community College.

Given up on the Congress in Washington?
The Schuylkill River meets
the Delaware at Philadelphia.

Well, who can blame you? Most everyone else has as well.

But how about the Congress right here in Pottstown?

Now THAT is something you can support because it represents the place you live.

Because, whether you live in Limerick or Leesport, Pottstown or Pottsville, Royersford or Reading, you all live in the same place -- the Schuylkill River Watershed.

The original waterworks in Philadelphia,
one of America's very first public water systems.
That's the 2,000 square-mile area that touches 11 counties and drains into the Schuylkill River, the Delaware River's largest tributary and a drinking water source for more than one million people.

Once a year, in March, in Pottstown, the Delaware Riverkeeper hosts a gathering of those who care for, improve and study this important river and the streams that feed it.

And Saturday is the day; and the West Campus of Montgomery County Community College is the place; and 8:30 a.m. is the time.

So take a break from the Sequester, and take in some information on stormwater.

Beautiful but invasive, 
purple loosetrife chokes out
native species.
Take a day to skip focusing on immigration -- unless it's on invasive species like purple loosetrife.

Don't listen to another C-SPAN speech on the war on drugs, and instead take a class in keeping pharmaceutical drugs out of our drinking water.

It's all here. No, literally, click on that link and you can find the entire day's schedule of events.

If you haven't signed up already, the cost is $60, but hey, that includes lunch. You can also get continuing education credits by attending many of the classes.

So get off your duff, climb out of your kayak, set your fishing pole up against the wall and amble down to Pottstown's community college campus and find out what's in the water that likely comes out of your tap.

Remember, knowledge is power.

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