Chicago Ridge, ILUSA
Hometown: Chicago Ridge, IL
February 11, 2012
Weekends and some Friday afternnons.
Environmental stewardship in a local area. I have been involved in beach 'sweeps' and community environmental outreach for years. As a member of the Alliance for the Great Lakes act as 'beach captain' at the Calumet Park Beach (95th St. and Lake Michigan) for the annual beach clean up in September.
Almost any forest preserve stream, pond or lake shoreline (pick one) is littered with fishing line, hooks, bait containers (styrofoam especially) bottles, cans , 6 pack rings, etc. These items pose an ingestion and entanglement hazard for aquatic, bird, and terestial life.
Avid environmentalist thanks to my parents, boy scouts and U.S. Coast Guard Reserve career. Currently work for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doing spill response awareness training, community outreach, and emergency exercises and planning.
The only other 'helper' was Virgil and I felt he had matters well in hand, was organized , worked hard, and was successful in accomplishing the goals he considered important for the day. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him and discussing our different experiences in helping the environment and other possible future events.