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UNE Hosts Community Dialogue on Protecting Local Waters
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Stormwater – water from precipitation and snow melt – is a major source of water pollution in the United States, and over the years has increased with land development and urbanization. Stormwater runoff often contains contaminants that pollute rivers, lakes, oceans and other waterways. The University of New England will host a presentation and community dialogue on Sustainable Stormwater Practices for Protecting Water on Thursday, November 15 from 6:45-8:45 p.m. in Biddeford.  LaMarr Clannon, from the Maine Nonpoint Source Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO), will discuss how Low Impact Development (LID) practices can reduce water pollution, save money and improve stormwater treatment to protect local waters.  UNE’s Sustaining Water class, taught by UNE’s Director of Center for Sustainable Communities Christine Feurt, Ph.D., will facilitate the community dialogue, including evaluating examples of the best LID techniques that can be used at home or in business.  Community members are invited to participate in the dialogue and share their reactions and ideas about LID. Feurt says, “People value clean water and are looking for ways to protect water through actions at the local level. Low Impact Development is practical, economical and effective. UNE students want to share knowledge about these techniques and learn from community members which of the practices will work best for our region.” In addition to the Sustaining Water class, the event is being hosted by UNE–Earth’s ECO, the Saco River Corridor Commission, the Saco River Salmon Club, the Biddeford Conservation Commission and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. The workshop takes place in the St. Francis Room of the Jack Ketchum Library on UNE’s Biddeford Campus.  Refreshments will be provided.  The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Dr. Christine Feurt at cfeurt@une.edu or 207-602-2834.  
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