Environmental Committee|

Attendees:  Ed M., Carl G. Sam S., Owen B., David S., David F., Ford S., Andy G. Chris Rainer (Washington College)

Guest Speaker:  Chris Rainer – Washington College Grounds Department

Topic:  Rain Garden/Storm Water Run-Off efforts at Casey Academic Center

  • flooding an issue, redirect and slow flow of rain water;
  • small scale project funded by WC approximately $2,000.00
  • 100 linear fee of step conveyance technology
  • 10 ton of large diameter ton 4-6 inches deep
  • applied over synthetic permeable membrane;
  • existing 3 inch drain incorporated into design
  • 3 kinds of native switch grasses and other shrubs/trees included
  • unknown amount of sediment removal accomplished;
  • WC grounds staff will maintain system
  • plans are to expand current project scope
  • 3 other site are being considered, larger scale with grant funding;
  • WC desire to interface future projects with Town SWR-O efforts
  • Chris will email details on other 3 site to Jon H for Town consideration

Open Discussion

  • Winter Speaker/Film Series
    • desire to revisit GMO discussion
    • use balanced approach to cover both side of the issues
    • Carl Gallegos has a WC-All presentation on this very topic and will mail to Jon H
    • Food, Inc. film
    • representation by local Monsanto official?
    • 1st in winter series

Recycling status

  • revisit David S study
  • how to increase Town participation

Hospital well contamination

  • no new info or update
  • Sam S to post update from Bob Sipes

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.  Next meeting scheduled for January 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Submitted by:  Jon Hanley

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