Why & How We Need to Protect Our Streams, With Michael Jastremski

On Wednesday, February 8th at 7 pm, Perrot Memorial Library and Garden Club of Old Greenwich are co-sponsoring the virtual program, “Why & How We Need to Protect Our Streams,” with Michael Jastremski, Watershed Conservation Director of the Housatonic Valley Association. Mike will discuss what we can do to protect streams on our properties and across the region. Register here.

Climate change, development, and the decisions of individuals and communities have led to unprecedented stress on streams and on the flora and fauna that depend on them to survive. Mike will talk about how our streams are connected to Long Island Sound; the impacts that our land management decisions have on water quality, fish and wildlife; and achievable steps we can all incorporate into our gardening and property management that will improve the health of the waters we love.  

Mike joined HVA as the Watershed Conservation Director in 2012. Mike and his team manage a wide variety of projects related to watershed and stream management, water quality protection, aquatic habitat restoration, environmental education and river access enhancement. Mike’s work has focused on understanding the relationship that people and communities have with their streams, and making those relationships mutually beneficial. He has a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis in Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is certified as a Floodplain Manager through the Association of State Floodplain Managers. He lives in Canton, Conn., with his son, River, and their black lab, Tsuga. 

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