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Watershed Wisdom Forum


Glen Ellen Community Church

Tuesday October 21st 2008 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

There are over 3 trillion gallons of water on our earth – it’s what makes life possible on this planet. Come learn what you can do to protect this precious resource in our own watershed. On Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Glen Ellen, the Sonoma Ecology Center presents a free public forum on Watershed Wisdom, with a presentation by watershed expert Brock Dolman. Dolman is a biologist, innovative permaculture design consultant, and director of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s Water Institute.

“Water is our most important resource yet we face issues of water shortage and run-off pollution, two problems that can become one solution,” said Dolman. “By changing our thinking and our design to slow, spread, and sink water on our property, we can use less potable water, decrease flooding, and improve water quality.” Other benefits of this approach include improved stream structure and function, increased groundwater recharge, enhanced wildlife habitat, short-term and long-term economic benefits and improved local aesthetics.

“You don’t have to be an expert in water science, ecology or any other discipline to help care for our watershed,” said Julie Jehly, Watershed Stewardship Coordinator for the Sonoma Ecology Center. “This forum is for everyone who’s interested in the long-term viability of our environment, the health of their family, and strengthening community relationships. It’s about making small changes at home that, when combined with other concerned residents, can have a big environmental impact. What happens in your local creek affects the San Pablo Bay and Pacific Ocean.”

The Watershed Wisdom Forum is part of a series of educational public events organized by the SEC’s Restoration & Stewardship Program. In addition to developing educational events and creek cleanups for the community, the Program supports an organic network of neighborhood stewardship groups to foster communication, generate restoration projects, and create an informed constituency dedicated to sustainability. Stewards work together towards collective improvements for the ecological health of private and public lands with SEC’s technical and regulatory support.

The Watershed Wisdom Forum will take place from 6-8 p.m. at Mayflower Hall, Glen Ellen Community Church, 5311 O’Donnell Lane in Glen Ellen. This educational and informative event is free.

For questions about the Forum, or how to join or start a Stewardship Group, contact Julie Jehly at 707-996-0712, ext. 115, or julie@sonomaecologycenter.org.


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