By JARED GUSTAFSON Friends of Warwick Ponds (FOWPS) will be a meeting at Warwick Public Library on August 18th at 6 p.m. in the small meeting room. FOWPS coordinator Phil D'Ercole said, "You won't be able to miss it, there will be a FOWPS banner hanging
Friends of Warwick Ponds (FOWPS) will be a meeting at Warwick Public Library on August 18th at 6 p.m. in the small meeting room.
FOWPS coordinator Phil D’Ercole said, “You won’t be able to miss it, there will be a FOWPS banner hanging out front.”
The meeting is open to the public, and “politicians are also welcome to come, but we ask them not to engage in any sort of campaigning,” said D’Ercole. Hopefully Warwick and Kent County can start to make environmental change on the 18th, said D’Ercole.
FOWPS mission is to “partner with our community to restore and preserve the health of Warwick water resources and wildlife to ensure their safe enjoyment by future generations,” according to friendsofwarwickponds.com.
The meeting agenda includes a wide range of environmental topics from the solar ordinance, air quality, how Warwick Pond has turned green again to a push for trash and recycling containers in all parks, Buckeye restoration project, and the future of the former Truk-Away landfill. An agenda for the meeting can be found on the Friends of Warwick Ponds website at friendsofwarwickponds.com and click on the news and meeting summaries tab.
D’Ercole mentioned that it would be important to discuss the Truk-Away Landfill at the meeting. D’Ercole said the Truk-Away Landfill has been studied multiple times throughout the years, but no action has been taken. D’Ercole said the former landfill is “leaching hazardous waste into the wetlands.”
Another main issue at hand is the air quality in Warwick. D’Ercole said Warwick has failed air quality study conducted by the American Lung Association for the past three years. D’Ercole encourages residents to check out the FOWPS “little blurbs” on the Nextdoor app to know what is going on in their community and how they can get involved.