About the Conservation Advisory Committee
The City of Beacon Conservation Advisory Committee (CAC) is charged with advising the Planning Board and the City Council on matters affecting the preservation, development and use of the natural and man-made features in the City. In June, 2019 the CAC was appointed Beacon’s Climate Smart Task Force by the City Council. This task force is headed by the City of Beacon’s Climate Smart Coordinator, Eleanor Peck.
The Committee advises on major environmental threats and maintains an inventory of natural resources and an index of all open spaces.
The Committee shall consist of nine members appointed for a two-year term.
Meetings are held each month at 7:00 pm in the courtroom at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.
2020 Meeting Schedule
January 8, Wednesday
February 4, Tuesday
March 3, Tuesday
April 7, Tuesday
May 5, Tuesday
June 3, Wednesday
July 1, Wednesday
August 5, Wednesday
September 2, Wednesday
October 7, Wednesday
November 4, Wednesday
December 2, Wednesday
Brian DiFeo, Committee Chair
Water Conservation Tips
All city residents can do their part to conserve water in Beacon. The CAC has compiled a list of 19 Water Conservation Tips for residents. Here are some of our favorites:
- Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
- Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks. Read the house water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
CAC Conducting a Natural Resources Inventory
The CAC is in the process of creating an inventory of the city’s natural resources, which will contribute to future land, planning, and zoning decisions. The NRI is being conducted under the guidance of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation and with technical assistance from the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Here’s a recent article about our work in the Highlands Current.
CAC Opposes Newburgh Anchorages in the Hudson River
The city of Beacon’s CAC opposes the proposed Newburgh anchorages on the Hudson River for numerous environmental, safety, and economic reasons. You can read our letter to the US Coast Guard and the US Army Corps of Engineers here (.pdf).
CAC Recommendations Regarding the City of Beacon’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan
The City of Beacon’s CAC has reviewed the 2007 Comprehensive Plan and compiled a list of 16 topics that we would like to see addressed in the updated Comprehensive Plan to be approved in 2017. We want to ensure the protection of natural habitats, viewsheds, streams and forests, outdoor recreational areas, and other natural aspects of Beacon for the benefit of residents and visitors. We hope that the decisions the city makes moving forward on all topics, from zoning to infrastructure, are mutually beneficial to the needs of Beacon’s natural environment and human residents, and avoid any undue harm to Beacon’s natural beauty, resources, flora, and fauna. Read our recommendations here (.pdf).
Homeowners: Have You Signed Up for Energize Beacon?
Beacon’s Conservation Advisory Committee is tasked with spreading awareness and providing information to homeowners about the many benefits of Energize Beacon. It is a great opportunity for residents to lower their bills through energy efficiency and reduce pollution by consuming less energy. For more information and to signup, visit http://beacon.energizeny.org