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Environmental Issues

Environmental Issues Monthly Team Meeting

Many of our precious resources are threatened by ongoing state and national financial and regulatory cut backs. Join us to learn more on our events, concerns and advocacy about protecting our water and air.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive Chapel Hill, NC 2714

Environmental Issues Team Monthly Meeting. Robin Smith, Environmental Attorney from Chapel Hill and former Asst. Secretary of DENR (DEQ), will talk with us on concerns about water quality in NC and especially in our 3 county region. Please join us for this informative conversation.

LWVODC Activity

Our team has narrowed its primary work this year to our study of Local Water Quality. We have two new members who are actively involved with that report. We welcome Laura Marie Davis, who recently earned her Masters in Environmental Management from Duke. Also Anna Leonard, who is completing her Masters in Public Health at UNC, has transferred here from the Arlington, VA League where she was the Membership Chair. Their energy and insights are amazing.

  • We have begun visits to our water processing facilities in our three counties with a first visit to South Durham Water Reclamation facility and Chatham water facility.
  • We've observed water monitoring at Bolin Creek.
  • We visited with Representative Chuck McGrady. a former National President of the Sierra Club, to learn about upcoming issues and possible bipartisan work on environmental concerns.
  • We were on the state team call with Grady McAllister of NC Conservation Network.
  • EIT will begin regular meetings in March. Watch for the dates on the calendar at LWVODC.org.
  • We make regular opportunities to visit Legislative Committees meeting on Environmental Issues.
  • We will be helping to sponsor Lunch with League on March 21st. Pittsboro's Mayor, Cindy Perry, will speak about her experience at the national Climate Conference and on local water issues in Chatham County. (See Calendar for more details)

We will attend the Jordan Lake Research Symposium on March 22. Contact Eva at ebrog43@aol.com to join us. Also in March we have the event at Lowes Grove School as a part of Creek Week. Creek Week is an annual event held by many environmental groups who sponsor a variety of events throughout the week. March 19th 6 PM at Lowes Grove School, 4418 S. Alston, Durham. Lowes Grove is a Durham STEM Middle School. They competed with area middle and high schools last year and won the STEMmy award for the remarkable job they are doing right in their own backyard. More information

Please join our group to be a part of all these activities and come out and share in the fun!

We distribute environmental news items and connect our members to opportunities for action on the list serve also. If you wish to be a part of this group, please email Eva Rogers at ebrog43@aol.com or Jennifer Rubin at Jennifer@jmcmillaninc.com.

The League of Women Voters of the United States and the state of North Carolina have long advocated for responsible use of our natural resources. Careful study of issues affecting air and water quality have led to position statements adopted by the League.

* LWVUS position on Natural Resources: Click the following link for LWVUS position on Natural Resources: Impact on Issues 2014-2016 Natural Resources

* LWVNC Environmental Positions: Natural Resources: By recognizing the interrelationships of air quality, energy, land use, wast management, and water resources, the League is able to work to promote an environment beneficial o life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest. Click here for link to the full text

We will be presenting other programs on important environmental issues such as fracking and renewable energy sources that impact the use of natural resources and the protection of public health These will be listed on the LWVODC website and in our mailings to our list serve participants.