SPRINGFIELD EAC: Environmental forums planned

October 15, 2018 Springfield Sun
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Most of the focus at the recent Springfield Community Day was on friends, neighborhood businesses and local nonprofit groups. A trio of environmental concerns also drew great interest, and there are two environmental forums next week planned as a follow up.

There will be a forum on Chemicals in our Environment and Children’s Health Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Township Administration Building, 1510 Paper Mill Road, Wyndmoor.

An expert group of physicians and thought leaders will present key information on environmental factors in our area and their potential impact on children’s health, as well as actions parents can take to maintain health. A question-and-answer session will follow the forum.

Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH, will moderate the panel. Arkoosh, a Springfield resident and also the chair of our Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, will provide data on Montgomery County health-related issues. The nonpartisan forum is co-sponsored by Penn Environment and Social Justice Indivisible.

Registration is encouraged but not required. Please contact ginnygoldberg@aol.com for more information.

A special town hall event is scheduled to highlight progress on the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. “Communities Connecting for a Clean Wissahickon” will be held at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 8015 Cherokee St.t, Philadelphia.

At this panel, local stakeholders will share progress on the Wissahickon clean water efforts and discuss research and planning across the watershed. The hope is that the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership will result in a new holistic approach to improving water quality.

Springfield Township’s Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) will participate in this event and host a table to highlight township and EAC initiatives to advance the goal.

Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) are co-sponsoring this town hall. FOW’s executive director, Maura McCarthy, and Gail Farmer, WVWA’s executive director, will be moderating the panel of local experts. In addition to area environmental committees, representatives from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Philadelphia Water Department and local government officials will be represented on the panel…

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