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Protecting Watershed Goal Of March’s Local Congress

Fall at the Sanatoga Lake dam, in an October 2009 file photo

POTTSTOWN PA – Keeping local waterways cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable for all to use are among the goals of the 15th annual Schuylkill Watershed Congress, which is being billed as a “premier environmental workshop … for people interested in understanding, protecting and restoring their local streams.” It’s coming to Pottstown next month.

The congress is scheduled for March 10 (2012; Saturday) from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pottstown campus of Montgomery County Community College, 101 College Dr., and is presented by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network with assistance from dozens of local organizations and companies.

The congress melds science, policy and practical applications into one program, its organizers say. Its 2012 program features sessions on native plants, green infrastructure, monitoring and evaluating in the Hopewell Big Woods, Schuylkill watershed geology, dam removal, next steps in American shad restoration, sustainable storm water management, Pennsylvania Delaware River Basin Conservation Reserve enhancement program, chemical-free lawn management, constructed wetlands for on-lot waste water treatment, and others.

Local sponsors include the Greater Pottstown Watershed Alliance, Monocacy Hill Conservation Association in Amity, Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy in Schwenksville and the Schuylkill Canal Association in Mont Clare.

Registration costs $50 before March 2 and $60 thereafter. Participants can register online, here, or download a mailable form, here.

Grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation’s Environmental Stewardship Fund, and Pennsylvania Sea Grant provide financial support for the congress.

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