Explorer Club 360 promotes water conservation challenge

Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar, pictured with Anna Grossman, left, and Jennie Koomar, demonstrates good environmental practice by washing his car on the lawn.

This is the third in a series of articles written by Explorer Club 360 on the health of Porter Creek.

Over the winter Explorer Club 360 conducted an environmental study of Porter Creek. We found that its watershed needs help to reduce the negative impact that runoff is having on the creek ecosystem. As a positive and first step forward, we are suggesting the promotion of the Wyland Mayor's Water Conservation Challenge to the citizens of Bay Village and Westlake.

The challenge requires individuals to take the My Water Pledge, “a friendly competition between cities across the U.S. to see who can be the most 'water-wise.' Mayors nationwide are challenging their residents to conserve water, energy and other natural resources on behalf of their city through a series of informative, easy-to-use pledges online. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category win.”

At the time of writing this article Bay Village ranked 29th; Laguna Beach, California, was ranked No. 1 in our population category. Westlake was ranked 500+ in their category with Parma ranked in the top 10 in same category.

Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar is on board with the idea. He stated, “I am very proud of these young people and their green activities. Future generations will reap the benefit of their hard work and dedication. I encourage all our citizens to take up the challenge and pledge.”

At the quarterly meeting of the Westlake Watershed Group, held on April 13, chaired by Wesley Davis, P.E., Storm Water Discharge Coordinator for the city of Westlake, the group agreed unanimously to move Westlake out of the basement. As responsible citizens Explorer Club 360 is encouraging everyone to visit the website, mywaterpledge.com and take the pledge.  

Please help us promote the challenge and get our cities, Bay Village and Westlake, out of the basement. Thank you for your help.

Learning for Life, Explorer Club 360 is a co-ed after school program for middle school youth. For more information on joining contact Richard Gash, skipper@seascoutship41.org or 440-871-6106.

Norah Hamil

Norah Hamil is a Bay Village middle school student and Team Leader, Explorer Club 360

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:46 AM, 04.17.2018