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A phone call takes only a minute and can give results. Please see Erin's comment immediately below in red.Begin forwarded message:From: Erin Crump <[address removed]>Date: January 25,[masked]:49:44 AM ESTTo: undisclosed-recipients:;Bcc: [address removed]Subject: WGG newsletter
Don’t forget about the President call-in day today to give your comments on fracking. Details are in the calendar section, but call [masked] and leave your opinion. It will take you less than 2 minutes. Being silent means you agree with the way things are going.
- Register now for a Rain Garden Campaign Spring Workshop, March 23, 9 - 11 a.m., Upper Dublin Township Building
The Ambler EAC is working with homeowners in Ambler Borough to keep storm water from entering our local streams by creating rain gardens! All homeowners, regardless of where you live, can attend this workshop where participants will learn how to design, build and maintain a rain garden on their property. Also, they will share a variety of incentives available exclusively to Ambler Borough residents.
Master Gardener Presenters: Thomas McGeehan and Leslie Bass
Please pre-register by March 18 at [address removed] or [masked]. Space is limited. Light refreshments will be served. Cost: $20/person, $25/couple paid at the door.
- Ambler Food Coop needs you Monday Feb 4th: http://amblerfoodcoop.org/ Help them get membership pledges by volunteering a few hours of your time.
- Have backup CDs that you no longer need or ones that just are too scratched to use? You can recycle them at Best Buy. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Global-Promotions/Recycling-Electronics/pcmcat149900050025.c?id=pcmcat149900050025
- Resource: The SIN list: http://www.chemsec.org/what-we-do/sin-list
The SIN (Substitute It Now!) List is an NGO driven project to speed up the transition to a toxic free world. The SIN List 2.0 consists of 378 chemicals that ChemSec has identified as Substances of Very High Concern based on the criteria established by the EU chemical regulation, REACH.
- Looking for a venue to discuss banning fracking in Montgomery County? This might be your opportunity as the Commissioners plan to meet with residents. http://ambler.patch.com/articles/county-commissioners-to-meet-with-residents. For some inspiration, learn about the list of the harmed and get to know a few of the stories: http://pennsylvaniaallianceforcleanwaterandair.wordpress.com/the-list/
- Even though there is no fracking in MontCo, you could talk about concerns of waste brine used on roads, having drill cuttings and radioactive flowback waste coming to wastewater treatment plants and/or landfills, obvious air quality and downstream water quality issues, and climate impacts due to possible 4-9% methane leaks http://www.nature.com/news/methane-leaks-erode-green-credentials-of-natural-gas-1.12123. According to an October patch article, Montgomery County will have a $678,000 check in hand soon as a share of the state's more than $204 million accrued from natural gas drilling impact fees.http://lansdale.patch.com/articles/montco-to-net-678k-in-marcellus-shale-fees.
Also, the ban on drilling in Montgomery County and Bucks County is temporary. There is a reserve of gas in the South Newark Basin that could be next to be fracked. The ban says the state Department of Environmental Protection would not issue permits to drill in the South Newark Basin until the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources can study the area or until Jan. 1, 2018. The basin lies under a significant portion of Upper Bucks and reaches into parts of Montgomery County and is estimated to have 876 billion cubic feet of natural gas. http://m.phillyburbs.com/my_town/palisades/pa-lawmakers-approve-gas-drilling-moratorium-for-bucks-and-montco/article_5ece9717-8d8e-5e87-ae87-2737c134a187.html
These are motivating factors for Montgomery County residents to push for a permanent ban on fracking in all of PA.
- *Tip from EWG on Drinking Clean Water
- Did you know? Tests EWG compiled from water utilities nationwide show more than 300 pollutants in the nation's tap water, more than half of which are unregulated -- meaning they aren't subject to any health or safety regulations and can legally be present in any amount. Bottled water may be just tap water in a plastic bottle, often minus the contaminant testing reports provided by your water utility.
- The good news is you can easily drink safer water by filtering your tap water and skipping the bottled water. EWG researchers identified the four steps you can take to ensure the safest water for your family.
- Visit http://www.ewg.org/healthyhometips/filtertapwater (then share it with a friend). You'll learn:
- How to identify the contaminants in your home tap water
- How to choose a filter that works
- Why you should skip the bottled water
- How to find safer reusable water bottles
- This tip is part of the EWG Healthy Home Tips Series. Sign up to get them in your inbox:
- Sustainability Film Series
Each winter, Pennypack Farm sponsors the Sustainability Film Series to engage the community in discussion about today's environmental issues. Each film delves into a different aspect of sustainability. Learn how your small changes can make a big difference to the world. Arrive early for a community expo, highlighting local organizations, and stay afterward for a discussion panel. Click here for details
The Greenhorns - February 12, 2013; King Corn - March 12, 2013; Ingredients - April 9, 2013
- The Ambler Farmers Market will be open Staurdays, 9-2 from May-November in the SEPTA parking lot next to Trax Cafe.
see https://www.facebook.com/AmblerFarmersMarket?fref=ts and http://ambler.patch.com/articles/ambler-farmers-market-will-open-in-may?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001
Jan 25, President Obama call-in day
- On January 25, call President Obama at *[masked] *and tell him: fracking threatens the air we breathe, the water we drink, the communities we love and the climate on which we all depend. Don’t pursue policies that promote fracking and the export of natural gas. We need to ban fracking now!”
- President Obama’s so-called “clean energy” plan calls for the rapid expansion of domestic production of natural gas and oil through drilling and fracking. Right now, President Obama is also facing several key decisions about natural gas exports and whether to open additional federal lands and protected areas to fracking. As we lead up to the annual State of the Union Address, tell President Obama that it’s time to pursue a clean energy future and reject policies that facilitate fracking and drilling for oil and natural gas. Feel free to refer to the list of the harmed for real-life stories. Or promote renewable energy. Or discuss the air and water pollution that need to be added to the cost of fracking. Or check my editorial for more ideas: http://ambler.patch.com//announcements/if-you-dont-want-fracking-here-now-is-the-time-to-speak-up. Or watch any of these stories on YouTube: http://www.gasrushstories.com/grs/Main.html. Or read any of these 30 days of regulations pages: http://www.thenextthirtydays.org/tdofr/index.php
Jan 28, Hike - Audubon Loop Trail, 10am
- Hike along the Perkiomen Creek, into a cemetery and through the grounds of Mill Grove. This hike is partly on pavement. Bring lunch and water, $1.00 for the use of the cabin, and enjoy special winter treats provided by the Greens. Leaders: Ed and Betty Jane Green, cell: [masked], [address removed]
Jan 29, screening for Dear Governor Cuomo, Germantown, 7:30-9
- The Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19119, https://www.facebook.com/events/502320636465256/
- See http://www.dear-governor-cuomo.com/ to learn more about the fracking protest film. With the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo might lift the four-year moratorium against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in New York state any day a concert/protest was organized on his doorstep in the state capitol of Albany.
Feb 1st, Longview Locavore challenge kick off, 10-5
- Come meet the Longview team and learn what being locavores means to us. Take a tour of the farm, learn about our local vendors, and pick up recipes and tips for cooking vegetables grown right on the farm. If you are participating in the challenge, enjoy three extra raffle tickets today, just for stopping by. Come at 3:00pm for a walking tour of the farm in February! Though the farm is quiet in the winter, there is still plenty to observe. We will see what work is being done in the orchard, the preparations in the fields for the spring, and of course, the greenery and growth in the hoop houses. Please dress for the weather.
Feb 2, FREE eCycling Collection Event, Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting, 9-2pm
- They have partnered with E-Force Recycling for a FREE eCycle Collection event on Sat, Feb. 2nd from 9am - 2pm! They will accept anything with a plug, but please not over-sized items. Visit our website for a complete list of items
February 12, Watch The Greenhorns, Ambler Theater, Pennypack Farms Sustainability Movie Series
- "The Greenhorns documentary film, completed after almost 3 years in production, explores the lives of America's young farming community - its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker's hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture - to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming." http://www.thegreenhorns.net/
Feb 18, WHYY Radio Personality Mike McGrath Upper Dublin Library, 7pm, $7 for Friends of UDPL members; $10 for non-members.
- "The Seven Secrets of Successful Organic Gardeners"http://www.upperdublinlibrary.org/cms/Adults/AdultPrograms.aspx
Feb 25, Emily Hunter lecture, Montgomery County Communtiy College, 12:30-2pm, Blue Bell Science Center 213
- Emily Hunter is an environmental advocacy journalist who reports from the frontlines of environmental issues and activist movements. She has worked as the eco-correspondent and eco-blogger for this Magazine. Hunter’s first book has been published, The Next Eco-Warriors, an insider’s look at the new wave of environmental activism. She is no stranger to the activist world. Emily was literally born into the environmental movement — her father, Robert Hunter, was the first president ofGreenpeace. She, herself has sailed around the world on activist ships with Sea Shepherd helping to save animals and fighting against climate change with 350.org. Today, her change-making is through eco-journalism, informing and offering critical debate on the battle to save the planet. Hunter has hosted and co-produced three TV-documentaries, ranging from the Canadian Tar Sands to the Toronto G20 protests; she was one of the characters on the hit Animal Planet show “Whale Wars”; and she has done eco-reporting from protest frontlines at the Copenhagen climate summit. http://www.mc3.edu/campuslife/artsculture/speakers.aspx
Feb 28, EcoFest, Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School
- Colonial School District, Plymouth Township and Whitemarsh Township will team up to present the third-annual EcoFest to highlight the benefits and advantages of a greener, more environmentally friendly community. The event will run from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School cafeteria west and gym west. The event features engaging educational activities and information for the entire family. Learn how you can do your part to preserve the environment. Questions? Please email Joanna [address removed]
March 9, Watershed Congress along the Schuykill, Montgomery County Community College
- The Watershed Congress has evolved over 15 years to advance the best available information and techniques for protecting and restoring watersheds. The focus on networking across disciplines means that the Watershed Congress melds science, policy and practical applications into one program. As a result, the annual Watershed Congress is a highly anticipated event for people interested in understanding, protecting and restoring their local streams.
- The 2013 Watershed Congress is a day-long conference offering a 60-minute keynote panel discussion, three blocks of seven 60-minute concurrent sessions, one block of seven 30-minute sessions and a 60-minute poster session. For full descriptions of these sessions, check out the Program Detail at the Watershed Congress calendar page. Register by Jan 21 to take advantage of early registration fees. See this link to register: http://delawareriverkeeper2.givezooks.com/events/2013-watershed-congress