Thursday, January 24, 2019

Environmental Advisory Councils In Action Workshop March 5 In Montgomery County

Penn State Extension will be hosting an Environmental Advisory Councils In Action: What Can An EAC Do For Your Community Workshop on March 5 at the Lower Frederick Township Building, 53 Spring Mount Rd., Schwenksville, Montgomery County from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The program will feature two Master Watershed Stewards (MWS) who are members of their local EACs as they share their experiences and how their councils are creating a positive impact in Montgomery County communities.
Although first authorized by state law in 1973, Environmental Advisory Councils—also known as Environmental Advisory Boards (EAB)—have been increasing in popularity among local governments.
The PA Land Trust Association describes EACs as "a small group of people typically appointed by a municipality to advise its elected officials and some municipal departments on the conservation and best use of the community’s natural resources."
As part of the local government, these councils focus on local issues, meaning that each government’s EAC can take on unique roles and projects.
Two such examples will be highlighted at “EACs in Action.” MWS Ross Snook serves on New Hanover Township’s EAB and will share his experiences working with the board to improve local stormwater ordinances, while MWS Mary-Margaret Monser of the Ambler EAC will discuss the council’s recent grant award to help residents add stormwater best management practices (such as rain barrels) to their homes.
The session also includes plenty of time for audience members to ask questions.
The Master Watershed Stewards hope to see you on March 5!
To learn more about these local councils, visit the Environmental Advisory Council Network website.
For more information, including details on Montgomery County’s upcoming Basic Training, visit the Montgomery County Master Watershed Stewards Program webpage.
Learn more about the program in other areas of the state by visiting the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards Program webpage.
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