Issues

 

Here are some of the issues on which BEAT is currently working.

Berkshire Community College Soccer Fields: This is the issue that started BEAT. It’s a project that could have been done right. Instead it was done very wrong. It’s still important. It’s still not resolved. We still want remediation.

Connectivity – Learn what BEAT is doing to decrease the impact of our transportation network on wildlife and to learn about our stream-crossing survey.

Federal Archives Site – Illegal Dumping Behind the Federal Archives? A hunter stumbled upon this illegal dump site and reported it to BEAT. We turned it in. It went to court. The court said “Fix it.” 2007 update – The site still has major erosion problems. In April 2007, the Director of the Western Regional Office of Mass. Department of Environmental Protection joined BEAT’s Executive Director to walk the site and see the problems first hand. Still no action 2013.

GE & PCBs and the Housatonic River: The world’s richest corporation. Why is it so hard to get them to clean up the mess they made in our river and in our schoolyards?

Greylock Glen – Learn more about this beautiful, 1,060 acre site at the base of Mount Greylock that keeps being the center of controversial development projects.

Housatonic Railroad – This relatively short set of rail lines causes lots of environmental problems – and it seems as if their trains derail frequently. Take a look and see how citizens worried about “stuff” in the river averted a major train disaster in Pittsfield.

Inflow & Infiltration – How water gets into the pipes that carry city sewage and causes the sewer treatment plants to overflow, and what the City of Pittsfield is doing to correct the problem.

Invasive Species (just water chestnut so far)

King Street Dump - on the West Branch of the Housatonic River

Mill Street Dam – Also called the Tel-Electric Dam

Pittsfield Municipal Airport expansion

Rose Superfund Site – see also GE & PCBs

Russell Biomass Project: A proposed $150-million wood-burning power plant project that raises concerns about possible impacts on fisheries, rare species, and air quality.

Solar Hot Water Workshop: BEAT is learning how to make a do-it-yourself solar hot water heater.  Soon we will be helping to spread the knowledge.

Tel-Electric Dam: See Mill Street Dam above

Vernal Pools: Learn about these fragile habitats and what you can do to help protect them.

Wahconah Park: The City of Pittsfield has two separate Notices of Intent (NOI) filed on this property. This is not allowed under the Wetlands Protection Act regualtions. The two NOIs should be combined into one. Also, the City appears to have been doing work on this site in violation of the current Order of Conditions (permit). See pictures of fill brought on the site surrounded by water in the parking lot.
Zero Waste – Zero waste is a way to design, create, use, and breakdown products so that no waste ends up being emitted, landfilled, or incinerated. It includes, but is not limited to, recycling.
Other issues, including many of BEAT’s previous issues. Some are currently active, others are not.

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