Who’s Who at the Champlin Farmers Market

July 18 is Environmental Resources Commission Day

The Champlin Environmental Resources Commission (ERC) will greet Champlin Farmers Market guests who visit their table July 18 with free reusable totes. This gesture is in direct relationship to the ERC’s mission, which includes conducting environmental events and providing community education.

Their booth will feature a recycled products learning trunk from Hennepin County Environmental Services and information on storm water management.

In addition to environmental education the ERC produces several environmental events each year including the recycling drop-off and curbside recycling events in May, Earth Day watershed clean-up event in April and the Jackson Middle School tree sapling give-away program that is tied into the National Arbor Day celebration. Improving water quality through rain gardens has been a focus of the ERC. They have partnered with Metro Blooms to bring speakers on rain gardens to Champlin each spring. They are looking forward to partnering with the Girl Scouts on their Centennial Day of Service on Oct. 13, which will be a fall leaf clean-up project.

The ERC meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Their meetings are cable cast on Channel 16 and are replayed on www.qctv.org The Chair of the ERC is Tom Moe, members are Brian Martenson, Heather Ross, Brad Thiel and Phillip Everson. Staff liaisons are City Clerk, Roberta Colotti and Assistant City Engineer Todd Tuominen.

"My interest in being part of the ERC was to give back to the community and learn about how everyday activities by all residents affect our environment and the city in which we live. I enjoyed participating in the annual recycling day and was amazed at the variety and quantity of items that residents brought in," said Brad Thiel, the ERC’s newest member who joined in February 2012.

If you are interested in joining the ERC or learning more about their programs and projects contact staff liaison Roberta Colotti at [email protected] or 763/923-7111.