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ESLC, MRDC Host Water Resources Workshop

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC), a private, nonprofit land conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of farmland and habitat on the Eastern Shore and the Maryland Rural Development Corporation recently hosted a “Smart About Water’ Workshop. Held in Georgetown,, Maryland, the workshop brought 40 town managers, commissioners, and planning commission members together with county health department officials, water system operators and watershed protection groups to hear from experts in the areas of source water protection and water resources planning. The workshop is one of many efforts by ESLC to assist towns and municipalities in their implementation of House Bill 1141.

 Presenters at the workshop included Joe Everd of the Maryland Rural Water Association, Tucker Moorshead, CEO of EarthData, Inc, John Beskid, Director of Environmental Health for Kent County, Henry Burden, Planner for the Town of Port Deposit and former Town Administrator for the Town of Charlestown and Peter Johnston, community planner and founder of Peter Johnston & Associates, LLC. Topics discussed included wellhead and water system protection, legislative updates, and case study examples.

 “We are so pleased to be able to provide this type of workshop as a continuing resource for our towns and municipalities as they tackle important planning issues,’ said Jacob Day, Town Planning Manager for ESLC. “This type of information sharing should help our local planners really streamline their individual efforts and result in the best ideas being implemented in future planning efforts.”

Additional workshops and other educational activities are planned in the future. For more information or to sign up for ESLC updates on this and other issues, please visit www.eslc.org.

 About the Organizers:

The Workshop was organized and presented by the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and the Maryland Rural Development Corporation with support from the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Program and the US EPA. This year, EPA and the National Environmental Services Center provided Southeast RCAP with drinking water and wastewater education funding. Southeast RCAP uses this funding to present free annual workshops on environmental topics of local interest and concern.

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