Tuesday, November 8, 2011

'Tis the Season for...Stormwater University!

If you live or have a business in Skagit or Whatcom County, Stormwater University is a traveling road show that’s coming soon to a location near you. What is it? It’s a compilation of stormwater education resources for industrial businesses, municipalities, stormwater pond managers, and more. The show includes a combination of free educational workshops, illustrated fact sheets, a booklet, check lists, and a training video.

Do you wonder what stormwater pollution is all about? Attend one of the upcoming workshops “Pollution Prevention for Your Business” in your area, and find out. During these workshops we will provide suggestions and examples for preventing stormwater pollution from your business, and information about the stormwater drainage in the immediate area. Part of the workshop will include a short tour of a local business that takes extra steps to keep stormwater clean.

Because RE Sources’ North Sound Baykeeper Team is charged with protecting and restoring the marine and nearshore habitats of the northern Puget Sound region, we’ve collaborated with city and county staff in both counties to create and distribute this series of educational materials about stormwater. The next three workshops include a series of steps, called best management practices, that businesses can take to decrease the amount of polluted stormwater runoff from their businesses, outdoor storage areas, and parking lots. These workshops are focused in industrial areas, but anyone may attend. Here’s the schedule:

· November 10, Puget Sound Energy Conference Room, 1660 Park Lane, Burlington, from 10:00 to 2:00.

· December 1, Barron Heating Conference Room, 5100 Pacific Highway, Ferndale, from 10:00 to 2:00.

· December 6, Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Street, Mount Vernon, from 10:00 to 2:00.

Don't worry...there will be more in 2012. If you'd like to attend one of these workshops, reservations are greatly appreciated. To register, find out more about these workshops, or request that this show stop in your town, please contact Lee First, leef@re-sources.org, or (360) 733-8307.

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