The Advocacy Committee advocates to reduce stormwater runoff and erosion, remove invasive plant species, improve water quality, preserve and expand natural habitats, and reduce plastic and trash that ends up in our waterways.
Our involvement in our watershed often includes supporting greater open public spaces in densely populated areas, effective stormwater management, more tree planting, and sometimes opposition to development of forested spaces. We have a fairly hard and fast rule that we only weigh in on issues that directly impact our stream, park and/or watershed. This means we can opine on climate change but didn’t, for example, oppose or seek modification of the Cross County Connector as it affected a separate set of watersheds.
The Committee tailors its advocacy approach depending on the nature of the issue. Often, we will sign on to a letter, joining several or dozens of other groups. In more selected instances, we’ll engage in a longer and more direct and intensive process that could involve multiple letters, meetings, and potentially years-long involvement. If there’s a question or a new major issue, we’ll make sure the FOSC board votes on whether to take it on.