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Introductory Session and Campus Tour Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10am


Come meet Blue Rock faculty and hear how our vibrant and creative learning environment awakens children’s natural curiosity and fosters a lifelong love of learning. A great alternative for Kindergarten through 8th grade.


Please RSVP at 845-627-0234


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from increased flood protection and reduced flood insurance rates, plus new parks and trails for recreation, higher tourism revenues and improved habi- tats for fish and wildlife.


Communities prone to excessive


storm water runoff can turn existing struc- tures into water catchments. Portland, Oregon, is investing in “green roofs” and “green streets” to prevent sewers from overflowing into the Willamette River. Chicago now boasts more than 200 green roofs—including atop City Hall—that collectively cover 2.5 million square feet, more than any other U.S. city. The veg- etated roofs are providing space for urban gardens and helping to catch storm water and cool the urban environment. Parking lots, too, can be harnessed.


Many communities are revitalizing their rivers by tearing down dams that are no longer safe or serving a useful purpose, thus opening up habitats for fisheries, restoring healthier water flows and improving aquatic quality. In the 10 years since the Edwards Dam was removed from the Kennebec River, near Augusta, Maine, populations of ale- wives and striped bass have returned in astounding numbers, reviving a recre- ational fishery that adds $65 million annually to the local economy.


Watershed Moments


Conservation remains the least expen- sive and most environmentally sound way of balancing water budgets. From Boston to San Antonio to Los Angeles, water consumption has decreased via relatively simple measures like repairing leaks in distribution systems; retrofit- ting homes and businesses with water- efficient fixtures and appliances; and promoting more sensible and efficient outdoor water use.


But the potential for conservation has barely been tapped. It is especially crucial in agriculture, because irrigation accounts for 70 percent of water use


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