Sustainable September begins now

Spokane’s month-long celebration promoting sustainability in the Spokane community official kicks off later this morning – free your calendars  Thursday evenings at 5:30 for a weekly discussion about the Spokane River.

In case you live under a rock or are not friends with Mariah on Facebook, Sustainable September is here.  This month-long series of events that raises awareness about all of the great efforts in the Inland Northwest includes discussions, activities, presentations, and tours, “designed to build community and increase awareness so that Spokane can become more environmentally and economically resilient.”

For a Spokane Riverkeeper offering, we are proud to take part in a special weekly forum organized by Stan Miller.  The Spokane River Speaker Series: non-point source and stormwater impacts on the Spokane River and possible solutions, will be held weekly on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7 in the Community Building Lobby at 35 West Main Avenue in downtown Spokane.

“The Spokane River is one of our city’s most beautiful, important features. Join local experts in stormwater issues from the non-profit, engineering, and legal realms to learn more about Spokane’s unique storm water and non-point source issues and the solutions being implemented.”  Stan Miller

Here’s how the month will play out:

September 2: Kat Hall of the Lands Council will talk about shoreline work being done on the Spokane River
September 9: Stan Miller will talk about  a non-point study and  rainwater collection

September 16: I’ll be joined by Mike Chappell, the director of Gonzaga’s environmental law clinic to discuss the Spokane Riverkeeper’s view of stormwater and non-point dischargers, while Mike will talk about the legal aspects of stormwater control

September 23: Len Zickler, a recognized expert in the field of sustainable site design and low impact development (LID) with over 30 years’ experience as a planner and landscape architect will present LID 101

September 30: Marcia Davis will talk about the City of Spokane’s SURGE project and what the city is doing to clean up stormwater

And don’t forget to see all of the other great events going on this month on the Sustainable September Calendar.

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