News That Matters - The Kent Stormwater Edition

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Jeff Green

Apr 3, 2014, 8:37:48 PM4/3/14
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If you live in the Town of Kent (Lake Carmel, Kent Cliffs, etc.,), you care about the environmental health of your community and you can spare a few hours a month, the Town's Stormwater Management Committee is looking for new members.

Stormwater. Sounds boring, I know! But it's not and let me tell you why:

There is a direct connection between rainwater that flows across the land and the water in our wells, lakes and streams. You drink that water. You swim in that water! And you probably want that water to be as pure as possible.

For example, when you blow your cut grass into the street where do you think it goes? It just disappears? Nope. It flows downhill into our lakes causing algal blooms and poor overall aquatic health. And that engine oil you poured out behind the garage...?

This year the committee is going to identify so-far unknown sources of pollutants that are creeping into our lakes and waterways by using their investigative skills, mapping, GPS and other high-tech tools as well as the Olde Fashioned ones like their noses and eyes and that old-reliable, deductive reasoning.

They're going to take their education campaign to the streets, parks and gathering places across the Town to make people aware of their personal role in cleaning up - and then keeping clean - our town's environment.

The Committee meets once a month for an hour or so and then attends several events over the summer and fall for education and outreach and really, it's a lot of fun. The only special skill you need is caring, we can teach you everything else.

To see some of the outreach work the committee has done in the past, point your browser here:

and watch the videos. They're really great.

Contact Supervisor Maureen Fleming at or by calling, 845-225-3943 and get your resume in. We'd like to meet near the end of April!

Please forward this post with friends of yours who live here in Kent Lakes so that we can attract the best talent our town has to offer.



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