Taste of Conshohocken ~ Environmental Advisory Council

L-R Kevin Dwyer, Rosemary Northcutt, Yaniv Aronson, Matthew Breidenstein, Paul McConnell

with Yaniv Aronson, Chair of the Conshohocken Plymouth Whitemarsh Rotary Club

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Matthew Breidenstein is Chairman of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), a board appointed by borough council to recommend environmental policies. The committee meets the third Thursday of every month, 6:30pm, on the second floor of Borough Hall. Meetings are open to the public.

 What is the mission of the EAC?

 The mission of the Environmental Advisory Council is to identify environmental problems and recommend plans and programs to Borough Council, the Planning Commission, and other committees and boards of the Borough. The EAC functions to promote the conservation of natural resources, and the protection and improvement of the environment.

Do you see any pressing environmental issues for Conshohocken?

 In recent years Conshohocken has seen an increase in development and population growth. With this growth comes potential environmental consequences, both positive and negative. Several large developments are being proposed for Conshohocken and the EAC is committed to working with the Borough Council in recommending ways to limit negative environmental impact and to ensure they are constructed in ways that are environmentally sustainable.

Where do you see the EAC, and the borough, five or ten years down the road as far as the environment and environmental policy?

 In the next few years, you can expect to see the borough focusing on efforts to improve the river walk and as well as plans to build several amenities to draw more residents and visitors to The Schuylkill River Trail. Last year, a multi-community river front plan was created by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. The plan proposes several improvements that would enhance the experience of the trail and the river walk. The EAC will play a vital role in ensuring that any development near the river, whether large or small, would not have a negative environmental impact.

How can the community become more involved with the EAC and protecting our environment?

 The best way to get involved is to join us at our monthly meetings. We meet every third Thursday of the Month on the second floor of Borough Hall (400 Fayette St #200) from 6:30-8:00pm. Another way to get involved is to join our “Friends of the EAC” group which assist the EAC in implementing projects and educational activities for the residents of the borough. If interested in joining the “Friends of the EAC,” you can email us at: conshyeac@gmail.com.

Matthew Breidenstein

Chairman, Conshohocken Environmental Advisory Council