May is National Wetlands month!  See the beautiful film, Turning the Tide, on Thursday, May 12th at 7:30 p.m., at the Library of The Chathams
 
Since the time of the Pilgrims, more than half the wetlands in the lower 48 states have been destroyed.  Often misunderstood, America’s wetlands, formerly known as swamps, were commonly seen as wastelands--too wet to be easily built upon or farmed, and swarmed by mosquitoes. The word “swamp” still has a negative connotation, and hence the need for the current, more positive term “wetlands.”
 
Wetlands filter our drinking water, and are essential breeding grounds for a huge diversity of fish, amphibians and birds.  Now recognized as a critical natural resource, the tide is turning for wetlands.
 
“Turning the Tide” showcases the hidden beauty of the tidal areas in and around the Hackensack Meadowlands.  Travel these wetlands and be surprised what you see!

Discussion after the film will be led by Chatham Borough Councilman Len Resto, and Chatham Township Environmental Commission Associate Dick Barrett.

Admission is free. 

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Tips on saving money by conserving water, indoors and outdoors, including the use of rain barrels, will be provided.

An exhibit on water conservation, developed by the Chatham Township Environmental Commission, will be on display.

The Eco Film and Discussion series is sponsored jointly by the Chatham Township Environmental Commission, Chatham Borough Green Initiatives Committee.