Board of Aldermen approves joining coalition dedicated to preserving the environment.

Grain Valley is going green.
The Board of Aldermen Tuesday night officially joined a group of area cities, and other entities, dedicated to protecting the environment near Sni-A-Bar Creek. The city joined the West Branch Sni-A-Bar Creek Watershed Consortium, which pledges to protect the groundwater leading to the creek for the sake of residents and wildlife who benefit from the waterway.
Grain Valley is joined by Jackson County, Blue Springs, Lake Lotawana and the members of the Lake Lotawana and Carriage Oaks homeowners’ associations in their movement to protect the area. Each of the members has a representative who attends monthly meetings concerning the creek, said Grain Valley Public Works Director Jeff Fisher. Each of the member entities currently is in the process of officially joining by adopting the articles of incorporation of the consortium. The newly formed group already has met twice, he said.
A representative of the Mid-America Regional Council and the Department of Natural Re¬sources also join the meetings.
There are many reasons for protecting the watershed, Fisher said. He said the creek is inhabited by fish, and wildlife from nearby wooded areas use the creek for drinking water. In addition, area residents benefit from the overall impact of the creek on the environment.
Alderman Chuck Johnston said the group is important.
“We need to be involved because it’s something that affects our community,” he said.
Members hope to protect the creek by applying for grants to use in treating the area.
“Together, we can accomplish more than we can separately,” Fisher said.