BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Protecting the region’s water supply was the topic of discussion Wednesday night in Boardman.
The Alliance for Watershed Action and Resource Education (AWARE) hosted the event at the Boardman Township Government Center for Mahoning County residents to learn about water quality stewardship. The group watches over the Mill Creek, Yellow Creek and the Meander watersheds.
In recent months, there have been discussions about the reported poor quality and health of the watersheds. AWARE hopes to educate the public on how they can help improve water quality, according to Stephanie Dyer, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments environmental program specialist.
“We are here to present information based on watersheds, and the land uses and how land owners contribute to the water quality impairments, yet also how we can help improve the water quality in our region,” she said.
The event featured presentations from representatives from Eastgate, the Mahoning County Engineers Office, Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District, Mahoning County Farm Bureau and the Mahoning County Board of Health on their local involvement in protecting the region’s water.
Dyer said what people do on their land directly impacts the drinking water, because the surface waters lead into the drinking water supply.