A Workshop of The Work That Reconnects
facilitated by Aravinda Ananda and Joseph Rotella
June 14, 9:30-4:30
Marshy Point Nature Center
All Chesapeake Bay watershed jurisdictions have or are about to adopt Environmental Site Design or similar approaches that utilize highly-effective runoff control measures and other practices that greatly development impacts. However, compliance with these new approaches is uneven throughout the 64,000 square mile watershed. During this workshop we’ll show you how to review plans for a proposed development project to determine if it makes full use of ESD or other innovative measures. We’ll also show you how to review a sampling of plans recently approved by a town, city or county to asse
Most land use plans seem designed to maximize growth regardless of the economic or environmental impact to residents. Yet drafting a citizen based plan can be a highly effective way of mobilizing the public support and political clout needed to shift growth in ways that preserve and enhance quality of life as well as aquatic resource health. We’ll present examples of citizen generated plans that have effectively guided growth for more than four decades despite extreme developer pressure to abandon the plan.
We’ll show you how to recruit large numbers of watershed residents to participate in a survey of a watershed for pollution sources such as construction sites, leaking sewers, poorly maintained stormwater pollution control measures, and much more. We’ll then explain how to use the combined political clout of the residents to get each pollution source quickly corrected. The workshop includes a visit to actual sources so you can see how easy it is to pin-point and correct pollution. For further background on this approach see: Severn
With the conventional approach to fighting bad development projects, citizens win 5% - 10% of the time at a cost of $5,000 - $50,000. With the Equitable Solutions approach citizens resolve their concerns 90% of the time and for mostly less than $1,000. For further background on this approach see: CEDS News Service ES Article.
Workshop Leader: Richard Klein of Community and Environmental Defense Services.
Heathcote and the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association are offering a bee hive box participation event on February 7, 2015.
Bill Bonny, John Fox and I have replaced a 21' section of the barn sill. We removed the old cement board covering and cut, fit and installed the new 6" x 10" white oak sill. We held it up in place and poured a concrete wall under the sill in sections. Then we cut off the rotten bottoms of the posts and installed new blocks with heavy metal brackets to fasten the posts to the sill.
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