On January 19, 2009 the Hartwick Town Board created the Hartwick Conservation Advisory Committee (HCAC).
The purpose of the HCAC is:
1) To provide a focus for environmental, energy, and natural resource activity in the Town;
2) To provide a forum for the coordination of various programs;
3) To ensure that environmental, energy and natural resource concerns areconsidered as part of related future projects, programs and policy development;
4) To inform residents of conservation measures that can be implemented;
5) To encourage residents to become more conscientious about the impact of human activity on the environment in our homes, in our communities and on our planet;
6) To assist in the general environmental education of the diverse audiences found within the community; and
7) To advise the Town Board on matters related to environmental, energy, and natural resource activity in the Town.
• How to Terminate a Gas Lease in New York
HCAC was asked to prepare a packet of information for those interested in terminating a natural gas lease. In the "Links" Section below you can review the documents provided by HCAC.
• Energy Audits for Town Buildings
The Hartwick Conservation Advisory Committee has initiated a review of energy audits performed by town and has developed a building management guidance document to provide ideas on activities that should be considered when evaluating solid waste and energy issues related to municipal building management. A copy of the building management guidance document is provided below under "Documents" or by clicking this link: http://townofhartwick.org/content/Boards/View/6:field=documents;/content/Documents/File/144.pdf
• Remember - Trash Burning is Banned in Hartwick
Reduce your garbage, reduce, reuse, recycle and compost your food and yard waste. What's left should be examined and figure out ways to reduce the purchasing of these items. If you have trouble affording garbage pick-up share the expense with your neighbor. Don't pollute the air, water, land or food supply to save a few dollars. You will pay for it later.
NYS DEC Doc - Questions and Answers Regarding Open Burning (www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/58519.html)
NYS DEC Doc - Don't Trash Our Air (www.dec.ny.gov//chemical/32060.html)
• Local Clothing Closet in Morris •
For those looking for a clothing closet, visit the Episcopal Parish Hall in Morris, 162 Main St., Morris, The Magic Closet. The hours are Wed. 11am-1pm, Thursday 4:30pm-6:30pm, and Saturday 11am-1pm. According to Barbara Smith, a volunteer and member of the church, "Anyone is free to drop off clothing and borrow clothing from the Magic Closet. You'll be surprised at what you will find!" For info: 263-5116, 263-5942 or 783-2715.
• Ways to Reduce Stormwater Runoff in the Future •
Something to consider for the future. With heavier rains and possible development, perhaps our building codes should be considering the use of pervious surfaces. These surfaces allow water to drain in instead of running off, this reduces erosion and extra work for sewer systems. Interesting and informative websites are below.