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Kidder Township EAC recounts its achievements

Published March 14. 2013 05:01PM

The Environmental Advisory Commission of Kidder Township was formed in June of 2003 and held the first meeting in September of that year.

At Wednesday night's meeting, Chairman Frank Gilotti distributed a list of the accomplishments of the Kidder EAC since its inception.

"I think we have accomplished a lot in the time we have been here" said Gilotti.

The Kidder EAC has established ordinances for storm water control, tree preservation, alternative energy, timbering and fracking. They have also contributed to the comprehensive plan and official map.

The group has also been involved in numerous educational programs; including their Blue & Green Pages, Earth Day programs, six spring workshops, a web page, a deer feeding pamphlet and a natural resources inventory.

The EAC has also been successful in getting all streams in Kidder Township designated as "High Quality Streams" with one "Exceptional Value Stream" as listed with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The members of the EAC regularly participate in school science fair programs, and has conducted a community needs survey and a rain garden contest.

A few of the completed community projects are the Penn Kidder Rain Garden and the St. Paul's Church Rain Garden. They have proposed and had implemented a number of storm water solutions.

The current, ongoing projects include the pathways system (multiuse trails) and the landmark inventory.

Community residents with experience in any of these areas, as well as residents interested in protecting the environment in and around Kidder Township are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings. The group meets regularly on the second Wednesday of the month at the Kidder Township Building.

"We have been asked to help update the Pennsylvania Environmental Council handbook; specifically in the areas of storm water control and tree preservation. We are a bit ahead of others in these areas. Sadly, some townships have disbanded their EAC," said member Bob Dobash.

Also discussed at the meeting was the upcoming Spring Workshop. The annual event will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. until noon. The programs this year will include local birds of prey and the making of maple syrup. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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