The Columbia Association is scheduled to host a forum featuring local experts in stormwater management from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 inside Slayton House in Wilde Lake.
"The development of our county has decreased the landscape's ability to store and infiltrate rainwater into the ground," said John McCoy, CA Watershed Manager. "This has created more runoff during storms, which has created a number of issues of concern, including increased flooding; the destruction of our streams and what lives in and around them; and the movement of sediment into our lakes and ponds, and subsequently our rivers and then the Chesapeake Bay."
McCoy will be accompanied on the forum panel by Jim Caldwell, Howard County Stormwater Manager; Ned Tillman, an award-winning author on Chesapeake Bay restoration; and Donald Tsusaki, who is program manager for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and also works with that organization's Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth (READY) program.
Registration for the forum is not required but is encouraged, via watershed-speakers-forum.eventbrite.com