THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 6:30 pm
LENNY LAMPEL, Natural Resources Coordinator
Mecklenburg County Park and Rec
Biodiversity loss is receiving increased attention throughout much of the world. At the local level, there have been efforts to better understand, protect and enhance the diversity of plants and animals within Mecklenburg County, especially within the County’s nature preserve system.
This presentation will provide an overview of some of the recent and ongoing biodiversity-related projects in Mecklenburg County.
THE LEGACY OF ASBESTOS
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 6:30 pm
DAVID BORAKS, Environmental Reporter
Old mills are a favorite target for redevelopment. But the Linden cotton mill in downtown Davidson has defeated a parade of developers. That's because cancer-causing asbestos is buried on the site. Between the cost of cleanup and the risk of stirring up asbestos, nobody has been willing to take on the job. WFAE's 2021 project "Asbestos Town" by environmental reporter David Boraks looks at the history of asbestos in Davidson, attempts to renovate the mill and how contamination in the historically Black neighborhood nearby has stirred up old tensions.
WATER YOU DOING FOR YOUR WATER?
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18
MORGAN OESTERREICH, Citizen Science Coordinator
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
Morgan Oestereich, Catawba Riverkeeper’s Citizen Science Coordinator will share ways that attendees can take a hands on approach to helping preserve and protect their own public waters – the waters of the Catawba River Basin. Attendees will learn about Catawba Riverkeeper’s various Citizen Science Programs that allow the public to get their feet wet (literally) to help protect the drinking water of 2.5 million people.