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ACUA to host 100 area Girl Scouts on Saturday, March 19th

Special presentation by Margo Pellegrino

Egg Harbor Twp. – On Saturday March 19th, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) will host  Junior and Cadet Girl Scouts from the South and Central NJ Girl Scout Council.  This “ACUA Environmental Day” will fulfill many of the badge requisites for the Girl Scouts participating.  The scouts will be learning about the ACUA’s renewable energy projects and touring  solid waste and wastewater facilities in Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic City. 

“ACUA is pleased to host these scouts from southern and central New Jersey,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “Visiting the ACUA and learning about renewable energy will provide the scouts with a perspective on what’s happening in the field now and in the future. There are a lot of opportunities for young people to get involved and to make a difference, whether through environmental studies, green careers or simply through everyday actions like recycling, conserving energy, water conservation and reducing waste,” Dovey added.

 The day will start off with a presentation by Margo Pellegrino, a Medford NJ resident and mother of two who has completed several long distance paddles on an outrigger canoe on the East and West Coasts of the US along with the Gulf Coast.  Pellegrino’s motivation for undertaking these long distance paddles stems not only from her passion for protecting marine resources, but also for strengthening the connection people have with their environment.

An active member of the Surfrider Foundation, Pellegrino has worked in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Blue Frontier to support ocean conservation legislation. Pellegrino’s paddling advocacy started in 2007, when she paddled 2,000 miles from Miami to Maine. Since then she has undertaken long distance paddles in different coastal areas annually.  This summer, Pellegrino plans a “stand up paddle” (paddling while standing on a specially designed surfboard) along the New Jersey coast to raise funds for Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) and Surfrider’s water quality testing project in the Gulf of Mexico.

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