Forum will explore risks freight trains pose to watershed

Citizens Acting for Rail Safety is collaborating with the Water Bar in Northeast for a forum examining the environmental impact of freight train traffic on area waterways Saturday, July 9.

The event, “Water in the Blast Zone,” will be held 3–7 p.m. at the new Water Bar, 2516 Central Ave. The Water Bar is a collaborative public art project designed to spark conversations about water quality issues.

State Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL-61A), a leader on rail safety issues, will give an update on legislative efforts to address the dangers posed by trains carrying oil and other hazardous materials at the forum from 4–5 p.m.

The goal of the event is to learn more about the hazards facing the watershed and discuss ways to protect the environment and public safety.

There will also be a chance to sample local tap water and participate in screen printing and creative mapping projects.

The event is one of about 100 events across North America marking the tragic oil train derailment July 6, 2013 in Lac-Megantic, Quebec that claimed the lives of 47 people.