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Wonderlust to host discussion on Feb. 11

February 3, 2011

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Wonderlust will host "Environmental Crime: Unhealthy for Us, Bad for the Earth, Our Local Responsibility," at noon on Friday, Feb. 11, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, located at 2118 South 3rd in Bozeman.

Scott Swanson, retired deputy chief of police of the Santa Rosa, Calif. police department and creator of one of the nation's first police environmental crime enforcement units, will discuss issues such as what happens when contaminated water is illegally dumped in a stream or toxic wastes are put in the general trash pickup or dumped into a sanitary sewer system.

The presentation will identify causes and examples of environmental crime and the manner in which local law enforcement should react to these crimes. It will also offer suggestions for creating an environmental crime component for local policing.

The forum is free and open to the public. Audience members are encouraged to bring lunch; the sponsors provide cookies and coffee.

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