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Bard CEP faculty member Mark Becker's non-profit, Bergen SWAN, celebrates 25 years of watershed stewardship

Mark Becker, Bard Center for Environmental Policy faculty member, and co-founder Lori Charkey founded the Bergen SWAN (Bergen Save the Watershed Action Network) 25 years ago and to date have helped to preserve over 800 acres in Bergen and Rockland counties from commercial and residential development. 

With over 850 volunteers, the nonprofit "fights for the restoration of watershed lands as natural buffers. These buffers filter runoff, control erosion, mitigate flooding, and provide a safe habitat for wildlife and a sanctuary for hiking, and have helped to maintain water quality for nearly 1 million Bergen, Hudson, and Rockland county residents" (from "Bergen SWAN reaches milestone" 

Mark teaches the geographic information systems (GIS) course at Bard CEP and is also founder of NorthStar Mapping, a GIS and global positioning systems consulting group assisting local government and educators. 

Congratulations Mark, Lori and the other volunteers at Bergen SWAN! 

For more information about Bergen SWAN and their most recent successes, click here

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This event was last updated on 03-06-2013