eTownHall looks at our watersheds, how to make a difference | Environment
On any given day in Pinellas County, it can rain. The rainwater trickles off roofs, runs through lawns and down driveways, moves along the streets’ gutters and into a stormdrain. It flows through pipes to a neighborhood pond or stream and continues to drain until it eventually washes into the open waters of Tampa Bay or the Gulf of Mexico.
Fertilizer, pesticides, trash, yard waste and pet waste goes right along with it. This all happens in the watershed.
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, nine panelists will delve into the issues surrounding Pinellas County’s watersheds and field questions and comments live during the online interactive event, eTownHall: Watershed, where we LiveWorkPlay.
The panel members are: Mike Meidel, director of Pinellas County Economic Development; David Downing, assistant director of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater; Terry Tomalin, outdoors/fitness editor for Tampa Bay Times; Liz Drayer, county resident; Kelli Levy, division manager of Watershed Management, Department of Environment and Infrastructure; Nanette O’Hara, outreach coordinator with Tampa Bay Estuary; and Jane Morse and Dale Armstrong, commercial horticulture extension agents, Pinellas County Extension/University of Florida. The moderator is Len Ciecieznski of Pinellas County Communications.
There are five ways to participate in the eTownHall:
1. Blog on www.pinellascounty.org/etownhall. The blog opens at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, for early questions and comments and will remain open through the live event on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
2. View the live streaming video event on the eTownHall website on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 7 to 8 p.m.
3. Tweet with the hashtag #pinellaswatershed to send in questions and comments.
4. Call in during the live event. To ask a question or make a comment, call (727) 464-TOWN (8696).
5. Watch the event live on PCC-TV (Bright House Channel 622, Knology Channel 18 or Verizon Channel 44).
For more information on the event call (727) 464-4600 or go to www.pinellascounty.org/etownhall, where you can also access resources and watch a video to learn the basics of watersheds and why we should care. You can also set up a convenient event reminder.
The conference room at the Pinellas County Communications Department, 333 Chestnut St. in Clearwater, will be open to the public during the live event as well to provide access to a computer, TV and phone.