FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​ CONTACT: MARY-GAIL SMITH 401-601-5515



FRIENDS OF GREEN HILL POND HOSTING COMMUNITY MEETING



Friends of Green Hill Pond (FOGHP) is hosting a Community meeting and open discussion about a multi-faceted approach to improve water quality in Green Hill Pond on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Ocean Ridge Civic Association(ORCA) Pavilion on Ram Island Road in Charlestown.


If rain is in the forecast, the meeting will be held at the Ocean Ridge Civic Association (ORCA) Club House at 83 Holly Rd., South Kingstown. Please feel free to bring a lawn chair.


Speakers will include:


Elizabeth Scott, Deputy Chief, Surface Water Protection, of the RI Department of Environmental Management, who will talk about actions needed to restore Green Hill Pond, including stormwater management.


Dana K. Millar, owner of Dana Designs, who will talk about environmentally friendly lawn care practices including strategies to conserve nitrogen and water use, while improving turf health.


Dennis Bowman, member of Friends of Green Hill Pond Task Force, who will discuss a proposed study of the possible benefits of dredging to improve water circulation. Bowman says, “Water quality is partly a function of tidal flushing. Our aim is to restore tidal flushing to the level it was in the 1960s when wild shellfishing was thriving in Green Hill Pond.”


Green Hill Pond is the only Salt Pond in the area that is 100% closed to shell fishing and has been for more than 20 years. Residents who live on or near Green Hill Pond formed Friends of Green Hill Pond (FOGHP) last year in order to investigate sources of pollution and to promote solutions.


For further information and to learn how you can get involved, please contact Mary-Gail Smith at 401-601-5515. Also please visit the following Web sites: greenhillcivic.com or orca-ri.com. Like us on Facebook @ Friends of Green Hill Pond.