Friday, January 9, 2015

A Congress That Actually Does Something

Well the 114th Congress may have just been sworn in, but if you're willing to wait until March, you can participate in  Congress that actually accomplishes something.

Saturday, March 14 is when the 2015 Schuylkill Watershed Congress gathers for its annual session of education and advocacy at the Montgomery County Community College West Campus in Pottstown.

I've attended a number of these over the years and nearly always find a seminar or speaker which makes the visit worthwhile.

You can read the entire program for this year's program by clicking here.

Samples of some of the programs include:

  • Tracking invasive species in Pennsylvania with one program devoted to one particularly nasty
    invasive, the emerald ash borer; 
  • Meeting water quality goals through stream restoration;
  • Increasing flood resiliency in the Schuylkill Watershed;
  • Building volunteer stream monitoring programs;
  • Teens using theater to teach science;
  • Understanding the urban watershed, making the classroom connection.

The Congress provides useful information and tools for educators, federal, state and local agencies; municipal officials and staff; environmental consultants; community groups; conservancies and land trusts; or the general public.
And there is a benefit to registering early.

If you do so before Feb. 27, the cost is only $50.

From Feb. 28 through March 14, the cost is $75.

Also, there is a special student rate of $35 available for graduate and undergraduate students.

The on-line registration form can be accessed by clicking here.
Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper

Programs take place from 7:30 a.m., when a light breakfast is served, to 3:15 p.m. 

Morning and afternoon programs and lunch are included.

This year's keynote address will be made by Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper; and Jordan B. Yeager is Partner and Chair of the Environmental and Public Sector Section at Curtin and Heefner LLP in Doylestown.

Their topic is: "Pure Water, Clean Air and a Healthy Environment … For the Generations."

The event is presented by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network

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