The EGT invites you to save the date and join us for the next session of our Environmental Insights Series at the June meeting on Wednesday, the 28th when we will have a presentation about water conservation  and protection issues and how to become a better steward of nature on your property.  Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association representatives Ed DiFiglia, a Municipal Policy Specialist, and Brittany Musolino, the River-Friendly Coordinator, will provide background on the issues and speak about the Watershed’s River Friendly Program

“Water is our most fragile and precious resource. Essential to all forms of life and to our economies, our water supplies face a myriad of threats from pollution to climate change. Keeping our water clean, safe and healthy in the face of these challenges is the heart of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s mission.”1

While much has been done since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972 which reduced direct discharges of untreated sewage and industrial pollution into our water bodies to improve the health of our nation’s rivers, the problems facing our waterways are still challenging.  Threats such as pesticides and fertilizers, automobile waste products, pet waste, road salt are just a few sources of pollution.   Too much impervious surface contributes to groundwater run off.  The twin threats of climate change,  deluges or droughts contribute additional stresses on management of our water resources.

The presentation will provide an overview of the following:

  • Overview of current state and local drought conditions
  • How to convert a home landscape to be water smart
  • Plants for water smart landscapes
  • River Friendly program

The Watershed‘s River-Friendly Certification Program is designed to help individuals, businesses, schools and golf courses contribute to a clean water and a healthy environment thru education and improvement of land stewardship practices. The four cornerstone goals of the program are to reduce pollution, conserve water, restore habitat for wildlife and educate the public about becoming better environmental stewards. Please be sure to join us for an evening that will galvanize all into action!

Presenters

Brittany Musolino Biography

Brittany Musolino runs the River-Friendly Certification Programs for the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, which involves working with landowners to improve their landscape practices and stormwater management. Brittany earned her B.S. in Human Ecology from Rutgers University and completed a term in the AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Program before joining the Watershed Association’s Science & Stewardship Department.

Date: Wednesday, June 28
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: ESCC, Community Room, 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing

  1. https://thewatershed.org/water/