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25
May

DC Residents Want Strong Stormwater Regulations!

Sat May 25, 2013 at 03:23:33 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

5-25-2013 9-38-50 AMHelp Us Tell Mayor Gray that District Residents Want Strong Stormwater Regulations!

The deadline for Mayor Gray to finish promulgating his new stormwater regulations is fast approaching and we need your help!

Join us next Tuesday the 28th at 11:00 AM to participate in a brief press conference to announce the delivery of over 800 letters from District residents calling on Mayor Gray to strengthen his proposed stormwater and wetlands regulations. Environmental leaders will make brief statements. Media will be given an opportunity to ask questions. All are then welcome to help deliver the letters to the offices of Mayor Gray.

Clean Water Action, the DC Environmental Network and many other environmental organizations and District residents are concerned that Mayor Gray will not be able to meet his Sustainable DC goal of making area rivers fishable and swimmable by 2032. These regulations are an important litmus test as to whether or not the District is serious about creating a Sustainable DC.

All are welcome! RSVP Here!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2013

CONTACT:

– Andrew Fellows, Clean Water Action, 202-895-0420 EXT. 102 or
– Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network, 202-754-7088

MEDIA ADVISORY

Clean Water Action and DC Environmental Community to Deliver Hundreds of Letters Calling on Mayor Gray to Promulgate Strong Stormwater and Wetlands Regulations.

WHAT: Clean Water Action, DC Environmental Network and others will deliver hundreds of letters to Mayor Gray from District residents in support of strong, meaningful regulations for stormwater and wetlands management in the District. Clean Water Action and other environmental leaders will make brief statements and answer questions before they deliver the letters.

WHO: Sponsored by Clean Water Action, D.C. Environmental Network and other DC focused organizations and activists.

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 28th at 11:00 AM.

WHERE: John A. Wilson Building (District Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). We will meet outside at the front of the building next to the steps leading to the main entrance.

SAMPLE LETTER:

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BACKGROUND:

The District of Columbia government is in the process of promulgating new stormwater and wetlands regulations that will help protect the health and well-being of District residents as well as make important progress in the restoration of the Anacostia River, Potomac River and Rock Creek. These regulations are an important litmus test for Mayor Gray’s Sustainable DC goal of achieving fishable and swimmable rivers by 2032. Clean Water Action has collected hundreds of letters from District of Columbia residents urging support of strong and meaningful stormwater and wetlands protections that will be delivered to Mayor Vincent Gray. District residents and other environmental advocates are concerned that the current draft of the regulations are not yet strong enough to meet Mayor Gray’s stated goal.

All are welcome! RSVP Here!

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14
May

New Composting Report!

Tue May 14, 2013 at 10:31:39 AM EST

by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

The DC Environmental Network Invites All Metro-Based Environmentalists to Our Monthly Brown-Bag Discussion & Networking Opportunity!

A Presentation, Discussion and Networking Opportunity on:

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featuring:

Brenda Platt, Co-Director, Institute for Local Self Reliance (Director, Composting Makes $en$e Project)

Come learn about the many benefits of composting to our environment and economy. RSVP Here!

On June 6th at Noon, join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) for an informative overview and discussion regarding the new Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) report on composting and how this report can help move the District and region towards zero-waste. Our discussion will be held at the offices of the DC Environmental Network, 1100 15th Street NW, 11th Floor. All are welcome.

Background:

compostjpg-069A new Institute for Local Self-Reliance report released this week demonstrates that compost has the potential to become a driver of local economic growth and a vital tool to protect the Chesapeake Bay.  Long prized by gardeners and farmers, compost is a soil amendment produced by decomposed organic materials, such as yard trimmings and food scraps.

According to the report, Pay Dirt: Composting in Maryland to Reduce Waste, Create Jobs, & Protect the Bay, expanding composting and local use of compost could support 1,400 new full-time jobs in Maryland, paying wages ranging from $23 million to $57 million.

And compost can also help protect the Chesapeake Bay and other watersheds: it has the unique ability to filter pollutants and absorb water, reducing flash runoff that causes erosion and pollution downstream. It’s a win-win for local economies and the environment.

Come learn more about what needs to happen to achieve zero-waste in the Washington Metro region. RSVP Here!

We will have a presentation followed by an open discussion. We will be inviting at least one other panelists to get the conversation going.

All are welcome.