Municipal planning session on July 30 aims to inspire wonder, protection of water

| 22 Feb 2012 | 01:23

    Tuxedo — The Orange County Municipal Planning Federation and the Orange County Planning Department will be sponsoring “Water Flowing By,” a hands-on experience on the nature of water, on Friday, July 30, at the Sterling Forest Visitor’s Center at 116 Old Forge Road in Tuxedo The session is designed for elected officials, municipal board members, community leaders, activists, educators and planning professionals. The goal of the workshop is to draw attention to water a precious resource, to invigorate enthusiasm for water protection among professionals and to encourage planning for water resources across political boundaries. Ed Helbig, conservation education coordinator for the Orange County Water Authority, will present a snapshot of Orange County’s water resources. Participants will learn about the three main waters sources used by county residents and the geology of those sources. Matt Shook, assistant director of the Highlands Environmental Research Institute, will discuss the hydrologic systems of the Highlands in order to give a broader context for Orange County officials and citizens. Laurie Seeman, director of Strawtown Art and Garden Studio, also will lead hands-on scientific observation and art experimentation about the nature and quality of water. The cost is $40 a person, which includes breakfast and lunch. The workshop will be worth two credits of continuing education for planning and zoning board members. For more information or to register, call or e-mail Atticus Lanigan at 615-3853 or e-mail