The Watershed Partnership played a leadership role in protecting the lawn pesticide ban that now protects over 600,000 Connecticut children from involuntary exposure to toxic lawn pesticides at school by preventing its repeal by pro-pesticide interests. Our current goal is to decisively defeat the misguided attempts to repeal the ban and extend the ban to all public places where children and pregnant women can be exposed.
We continue to help municipalities and groundskeepers maintain healthy, safe, playable and attractive sports turf with nontoxic care. Our goal is to continue this effort and conclusively demonstrate that nontoxic turf care can be successful and affordable.
Four years ago the Watershed Partnership founded an organic community garden on the property of the Guilford Keeping Society. The garden is thriving and has ten raised beds for the Guilford Food Bank. We also have a children's garden integrated with the second year curriculum on food and soil of Guilford's Cox Elementary School.
Having presented successful educational programs with documentary films and talks on food, health, and environmental issues in Guilford, the Partnership in in the process of expanding these programs to other towns. We are particularly interested in the issue of meeting the challenge of climate change and climate justice.As President Obama said in his state of the union address in January 2015, "No challenge, no challenge, poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change."
I believe in local philanthropy that directly affects the health and well-being of the community where my family lives. I am, therefore, proud and privileged to volunteer my time, talent and treasure to the Watershed Partnership, a Guilford CT based environmental not-for-profit organization that promotes healthy, sustainable communities and watersheds in harmony with the environment.
Though small in size, the Watershed Partnership has improved the environment for children on a national scale. Through education, advocacy, and technical assistance the Watershed Partnership was instrumental to Connecticut being the first state in the union to pass legislation mandating organic lawn care practices on school grounds. This legislation model was thereafter adopted by multiple other states.
Our organizational guidance and fiduciary support enabled Guilford’s community garden project to launch and become an asset not only to its gardeners, but also to local schools and the food bank.
The joy and replenishment I receive from the time I spend working with the Watershed Partnership’s Board and its Executive Director is only increased by the catalytic success we have achieved.
The Watershed Partnership is truly a local organization with exponential impact.
The Watershed Partnership's Safe Grounds Campaign focuses on decreasing the use of toxic lawn pesticides to protect children's health and the environment.Lawn pesticides are among the most toxic agents used where people work and play. The potential harm of these agents is significant. Children and the child in utero are particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of these toxic chemicals. Many commonly used lawn pesticides have studies linking them with cancers, birth defects, abnormal mental development, liver or kidney damage, allergies, and disruption of hormonal systems. It makes absolutely no sense to expose children and pregnant women involuntarily to these toxic chemicals when there are safe, effective, and affordable alternatives.
We work collaboratively with other organizations to foster values, attitudes, policies, and laws that promote our vision. The Partnership’s director, Dr. Jerry. Silbert, is a physician trained in pathology, laboratory medicine, and environmental health. He has been director of the Watershed Partnership for over ten years.
* The Watershed Partnership works on practical projects for change at the local, regional and state level. We are proud of our accomplishments.
* The Watershed Partnership is working towards building strong resilient communities in the face of an uncertain economy, rising energy costs, and the effects of global warming.
* We founded an organic community garden on an acre of land leased from the Guilford Keeping Society on the grounds of the historic Medad Stone Tavern. Ten plots dedicated to growing food for the Guilford Food Bank. Another area is dedicated to a children’s garden for education. In 2011 the Watershed Partnership was awarded the nonprofit of the year by the Guilford Chamber of Commerce for the community garden.
* In 2014 we spun off the garden as an independent nonprofit organization called the Guilford Community Garden so we could focus our efforts on our Safe Grounds Campaign, to decrease and eliminate the use of toxic lawn pesticides in Connecticut in order to protect the health of children’s and the environment. The Watershed Partnership spearheaded a successful effort to ban toxic lawn pesticides on the grounds and athletic fields of all public and private elementary and middle schools and all day care centers. Connecticut was the first state to do this. New York has followed our example.
* In 2012, Dr. Silbert received the Dragonfly Award from the national organization Beyond Pesticides for protecting children and the environment from exposure to toxic lawn pesticides.
* We are working with municipalities to help them transition to successful safe pesticide-free athletic fields and have started an internet forum for nontoxic turf care. We are also helping towns stop using toxic lawn pesticides on municipal properties and town greens by providing information about how to do successful nontoxic turf care.
We have been giving educational talks on the effects of toxic chemical trespass on health and the environment.
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