Support Ordinance Amendment On Natural Turf Care, Children’s Health, and the Environment

The Jonah Center, along with Ecoin and other Middletown environmental organizations, is asking for support of a City of Middletown ordinance amendment to protect children from toxic lawn chemicals. Reducing the use of fertilizers and herbicides helps the environment, since these chemicals pollute local streams, rivers, and Long Island Sound.

If you are a resident of Middletown, or if you work or go to school in Middletown, please express your support for this initiative by signing below.  Email addresses will not be made public, but are requested for possible future action alerts.

I support the Amendment Regarding Natural Turf Care to Protect Human Health and the Environment, and its specific goal: Protecting children from exposure to toxic pesticides by avoiding use of such chemicals not only on K-8 school grounds (as state law now requires) but on all city-owned recreational fields, regardless of the age of the persons using the fields.

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Resolution On Natural Turf Care and Children's Health

I support the Amendment Regarding Natural Turf Care to Protect Human Health and the Environment, and its specific goal: Protecting children from exposure to toxic pesticides by avoiding use of such chemicals not only on K-8 school grounds (as state law now requires) but on all city-owned fields, regardless of the age of the persons using the fields.

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Paddle With A Purpose – June 10, 24, and July 8

The aquatic plant known as water chestnut (trapa natans) showed its invasive potential last summer at many points along the Connecticut River and its tributaries. In our own Floating Meadows, the freshwater, tidal marshland formed where the lower Coginchaug and Mattabesset Rivers converge, the presence of these plants was first recorded in 2009.  The Jonah Center has been monitoring the area closely since 2013, pulling out a few plants each year through 2015.

The summer of 2016 was different! Water chestnut proliferated as we have never seen before, forming expansive, dense patches at multiple locations. Left unchecked, these plants can choke off sunlight and oxygen, threatening native plants, fish, fish-eating birds and other aquatic species. Some waterways, including local ones, have become impassible by water chestnut infestations.

For the coming season, work parties are planned for Saturday, June 10 at 1 p.m.; Saturday, June 24 at 1 p.m.; and Saturday, July 8 at 1 p.m. Canoes and kayaks will start and finish at the launch site at 181 Johnson Street, adjacent to Middletown’s recycling center. For each of these outings, we need many volunteers, including those with access to motorboats. Here’s why.

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