Environmental Advisory Councils in Action

The Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards will be hosting a special public presentation focusing on township and borough Environmental Advisory Councils (EACs).
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Montgomery County Master Watershed Stewards assisting with native tree and shrub plantings at the Perkiomen Township Community Park. Photo courtesy of Erin Kinley, Penn State

The presentation “EACs in Action: What Can an EAC Do For Your Community?” will be held on Tuesday, March 5, from 6:00–7:00 pm at the Lower Frederick Township Building, 53 Spring Mount Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473 and is open to the public, free of charge. The program will feature two Master Watershed Stewards (MWS) who are members of their local EACs as they share their experiences and how their councils are creating a positive impact in Montgomery County communities.

Although first authorized by PA state law in 1973, Environmental Advisory Councils—also known as Environmental Advisory Boards (EAB)—have been increasing in popularity among local governments. The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association describes EACs as "a small group of people typically appointed by a municipality to advise its elected officials and some municipal departments on the conservation and best use of the community’s natural resources." As part of the local government, these councils focus on local issues, meaning that each government’s EAC can take on unique roles and projects.

Two such examples will be highlighted at “EACs in Action.” MWS Ross Snook serves on New Hanover Township’s EAB and will share his experiences working with the board to improve local stormwater ordinances, while MWS Mary-Margaret Monser of the Ambler EAC will discuss the council’s recent grant award to help residents add stormwater best management practices (such as rain barrels) to their homes. The session also includes plenty of time for audience members to ask questions.

The Master Watershed Stewards hope to see you on March 5! For more information about the MWS program, including details on Montgomery County’s upcoming Basic Training, visit the Master Watershed Steward Program site and select County Programs.

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