· How has Mamaroneck’s water quality changed in the past 10 years?
· How does the water treatment plant effect the waters flowing through our rivers and into the Sound?
· Why is storm water run-off such an issue?
· What can (and should!) homeowners do to protect our harbor?
These and other questions will be answered at the first-ever Village of Mamaroneck Water Quality Forum, “A Day at the Beach,” to be held on Saturday, May 3 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Mamaroneck Library, located at 136 Prospect Avenue in Mamaroneck.
The forum, sponsored by the Village of Mamaroneck Committee for the Environment (CFTE), will feature presentations from environmental and water experts from the Village, the county, and Riverkeeper. The goal of the panel is to educate the public about the challenges Mamaroneck faces in terms of keeping our water clean, as well as what residents can do to support these efforts.
“After the well-publicized beach closings of 2013, the goal of this panel is help people understand what’s really going on with the water in Mamaroneck,” said Catherine Hiller, local environmental activist, kayaker and member of the Village CFTE. “As a 26-year resident of Mamaroneck, I regard our harbor and beaches as our greatest assets. The Committee for the Environment wants to make sure that we and future generations can continue to enjoy them.”
The forum will include the following:
· A History of Water Quality in Mamaroneck Robert Funicello, Environmental Project Director, Dept. of Environmental Facilities
· Was 2013 the worst summer ever? What lies ahead this summer? Mark Boda, Public Health Sanitarian, Westchester County Dept. of Health
· What is the role of the Wastewater Treatment Plant? Thomas J. Lauro, Commissioner, Dept. of Environmental Facilities
· When it rains . . . what is the role of storm water runoff? Phil Horner, Head, Water Quality Team, Mamaroneck Village CFTE
· Eliminating illegal discharges, inflow, and infiltration: what can the homeowner do to help improve water quality? Richard Slingerland, Village Manager, Mamaroneck
· How can citizen action get results?, Tracy Brown, Riverkeeper
The forum will feature light refreshments, as well as a quiz, with prizes. Attendees can also sign up for a tour of the Mamaroneck Wastewater Treatment Plant. Attendance is free and open to the public. For more information about the Village CFTE, visit www.mamaroneckgreen.org.