Thursday, June 22, 2006

Join the Stream Team!

Want to make a difference in the health of our environment? Join the STREAM TEAM! The CNMI Division of Environmental Quality and the Marianas Resource Conservation & Development Council is seeking dedicated individuals to join the CNMI Stream Team, a community-based organization supported jointly by DEQ and the MRC&D. The primary purposes of the Stream Team are to:

• Involve local people in solving local problems
• Monitor storm runoff for water quality
• Participate in stream cleanups
• Restore degraded streams
• Educate the public about environmental issues

Why do we care about the quality of our streams? Everything that takes place on land affects the marine environment. Eroded sediment and other pollutants from even the most remote locations of our islands are carried by storm runoff into streams, to be ultimately deposited in our coastal waters. These processes, which are strongly affected by land use practices, play a significant role in determining the quality of our beaches, coral reefs, and fish populations.

No experience is necessary, as we will teach you everything that you need to know. The only requirements to being a Stream Team member are an interest in environmental issues, a willingness to learn, and a commitment to making a difference in the quality of our environment.

How do I sign up? Our first meeting is going to be Wednesday, June 28 at 5:30 PM at the Aquarius Hotel Meeting Room. DEQ and MRC&D will discuss volunteer opportunites and answer any questions at the meeting. To sign up, or for more information, please contact:

Angelo Villagomez
Public Involvement Coordinator
Marianas RC&D
(670) 236-0894

Jeremy Shaw
Watershed Coordinator
CNMI Division of Environmental Quality
(670) 664 8517

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