Lower Saucon Township

Environmental Advisory Council

3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem, PA 18015
~ 610-865-3291 ~

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Current Events

Free Electronics Recycling - Saturday August 1st - 9:00am - Noon
Sponsored by:
Heinzelman's Funeral Home & Coldwell Banker - Hearthside Realtors.

Drop off items at the rear parking lot of Heintzelman's Funeral Home in Hellertown (enter from 301 Front St.) Free recycling includes: computers, printers, phones, stereos, VCR & DVD players, etc. Small appliances are also accepted.

Other items, such as TV's, CRT monitors, and air conditioners can be recycled for a fee. For a complete list of free items and fees, click here to see the event borchure.

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Adopt-A-Road ~ 5 Years of Cleaner Roads!

EAC held their Spring Adopt-A-Road cleanup along Reading Drive in April. We will do it again in the Fall.
Please do your part too by cleaning up along the road you live on.

The Township Adopt-A-Road program kicked off in 2010 with 10 organizations and/or families adopting Township roads and periodically conducting litter pick-ups. Now there are about 2 dozen groups participating and over 700 bags of trash have been collected. The program supports a partnership between Saucon Valley volunteers and the Township to help control litter along our roads and maintain a clean environment.

Interested organizations/persons can select from a list of designated roads and must commit to a 2-year period for the road adoption. The Township supplies the organization's volunteers with safety equipment and trash bags. The volunteers must conduct litter pick-ups at least two times per year along the road. The Township collects and disposes the trash collected. In recognition of these volunteer efforts, the Township places permanent signs along the roadway with the organization's name.

A couple of the Township roads are still available for adoption by organizations, families or individuals. If you are interested you can find more information on the Township website or call the Township at 610-865-3291.

Shown here, some of the Lower Saucon Township Historical Society's volunteers during one of their road clean ups.
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Quick Tips

Fill an empty soda bottle (or two) with water and place it in the toilet tank away from the operating mechanisms. This will save water with every flush, by reducing the amount of water it takes to refill your tank. (This is meant for older toilets, not new high-efficiency ones.)

Connect your PC, monitor, fax machine, and computer peripherals to a single power strip that can be turned off when they're not in use. This will end "leakage" from devices that drain power even when they aren't turned on. This technique can also be used for your home entertainment components.

Still paying your bills the old-fashioned way? Consider switching to electronic statements. If all American households received and paid their bills online, it would eliminate more than 800,000 tons of waste each year.

If every U.S. household replaced one roll of regular paper towels with 100 percent recycled ones, we’d save 544,000 trees. Check out NRDC's shopping guide to find better brands.

Change a light, change the world: If every U.S. household replaced its most commonly used incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, we'd cut our electricity use for lighting in half -- and lower our annual CO2 emissions by about 62.5 million tons.

Just one small change can make a big difference !

Paper Recycling Program
Paper retrieval bins have been placed in the Saucon Valley area as a fundraiser for the Lower Saucon Township Historical Society. The bright yellow and green bins are located at:

* Lower Saucon Township Municipal Complex (near the playground) * behind Hellertown Borough Hall * Saucon Valley School District Campus

* Dewey Fire Company * Hellertown Water Authority (offices on Front St.) * Hellertown municipal parking lot (across from the Post Office)

* SeWyCo Fire Co (enter from Rt. 378).

Please Drop off ALL Your: Junk mail, Magazines, Shopping catalogs, Newspaper, Office and school papers.

Please do NOT include: Plastic, Glass, Metal, Cardboard Phone books, Trash

This is a great way to support the community & environment by reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill.

The different types of paper do not have to be separated and you do not even have to remove staples! You may collect and deposit your recyclables using paper or plastic grocery bags; however if you use plastic, please do not tie them shut as this causes problems with the shredding equipment.


Results

So far the Saucon Valley area has recycled over We've now recycled over 1,100,000 pounds of paper and have saved over 9383 trees!3 million pounds - WOW!

According to Abitibi's statistics, we help save 17 trees per recycled ton.
We're saving 100's of trees

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Studies have shown that preserving open space by purchasing conservation easement rights
costs less than the costs a community bears when a new home is built.
To learn more see our Conservation Page.


Our Open Space Committee is hard at work learning about the conservation easment process and coming up with a means to rank properties that the township could consider for preservation.


polk valley park viewshed
A beautiful viewshed will be one of the many benefits provided by the Polk Valley Park.

Who we are:The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) of Lower Saucon Township is an official township and state entity that is comprised of an twelve (12) person volunteer board, seven (7) of whom are voting Members and five (5) who are Associates, or non-voting members. In addition, one (1) high school student also serves as a Junior Council Member. Members serve three (3) year terms; Associates serve one (1) year terms as well as our junior member who serves one (1) year and are appointed by the Township Manager and Council.

Current Lower Saucon Township EAC Board:

Sandra Yerger - Chair (12/31/17)
Tom Maxfield - Vice Chairman (12/31/17)
Laura Ray - Secretary (12/31/16)

Allan Johnson, Jr. - Member (12/31/17)
Ted Beardsley - Member (12/31/15)
Dru Germanoski - Member (12/31/16)
Hazem Hijazi- Member (12/31/15)

Glenn Kaye - Associate (12/31/16)
Michael Boyle - Associate (12/31/16)
Sarah Stanlick - Associate (12/31/16)
Thomas Carocci - Associate (12/31/16)
David Jauregui - Associate (12/31/16)

Terry Boos - Hellertown Representative

Kyle Bambu - Jr. EAC Member


 

Monthly meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm at the Lower Saucon Township Town Hall Building.The public is welcome to come share their ideas, concerns, etc.

Our 2015 schedule is:

Tuesday January 13, 2015
Tuesday February 10, 2015 (Cancelled)
Tuesday March 10, 2015
Tuesday April 14, 2015
Tuesday May 12, 2015
Tuesday June 9, 2015
Tuesday July 14, 2015
Tuesday August 11, 2015
Tuesday September 8, 2015

Tuesday October 13, 2015
Tuesday November 10, 2015
Tuesday December 8, 2015

What we do:

The formation of the group came in response to directives contained in the 2000 update of Lower Saucon's Comprehensive Plan and the township's Natural Resource Inventory of the same year. Recognition of the need for environmental protections entered the public's consciousness shortly after residential development began to exert pressure on our community and our disappearing natural areas. This prompted public officials to work together with the public to institute programs and ordinances that would preserve our resources, our natural beauty and the rural character of large parts of our community.

The job of the EAC encompasses involvement in local and regional environmental issues on many levels. We meet monthly and discuss a variety of environmental issues facing the township and provide advice and recommendations to council. Regular duties include plan review, public education, research, promotion of programs such as preservation of natural areas and water quality, and planning for a viable approach to natural resource protection.

Recent Meeting Minutes:

May 2015 Minutes
April 2015 Minutes
March 2015 Minutes
February 2015 -Meeting was cancelled
January 2015 Minutes

December 2014 Minutes
November 2014 Minutes

October 2014 Minutes





More Information about EAC's

The following is a reprint of an article written by Jeanne Barrett Ortiz, which appeared in the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society's newsletter.

Our beautiful rural and wild landscapes of northeastern Pennsylvania are becoming increasingly fragmented by unplanned sprawl.  The Kittatinny Ridge, threatened by such development pressure, is a particularly important landscape and wildlife habitat area, which not only protects a major part of the Appalachian Trail through the state, but also is the source of drinking water for tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians.  People want their elected officials to do what they can to protect the beauty and health of their communities, but often, small - communities struggle to keep up with pressing issues and their day-to-day workload.  In response, Audubon Pennsylvania has teamed up with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) to help municipalities along the Kittatinny Ridge protect their natural resources.  One of our efforts is to promote the creation of municipal Environmental Advisory Councils (EAC).
 
Through the legislature, Pennsylvania has chosen to delegate much of its power to regulate land to the local government. As a result, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has 2,565 local governing bodies. The decisions these governing bodies make on a variety of issues, from land use designations to stream corridor protection, have direct impacts on natural resources within individual municipalities and beyond. EACs, as part of local government, work directly with municipal officials to help them make environmentally sound decisions - and protect the health and quality of life of our communities.
 
An EAC is a group of community residents appointed by elected officials to provide advice and assistance on matters dealing with the protection, management, and use of natural resources within the municipality.  An EAC is formed by local ordinance in accordance with Act 177 of 1996, originally Act 148 of 1973.  Under this legislation, EACs are authorized to:

• Identify environmental problems and recommend plans and programs to protect
   and improve the quality of the environment;
• Make recommendations about the use of open land;
• Promote a community environmental program;
• Keep an index of all open space areas to determine the proper use of such areas;
• Review plans, conduct site visits, and prepare reports for municipal officials; and
• Advise local government agencies about the acquisition of property.
 
EAC members are citizens who volunteer their time and energy to provide elected officials, the planning commission, and the park and recreation board with the information they need to make sound environmental decisions.  Members are typically environmental and other professionals and interested residents.  Projects that EACs undertake include natural resource inventories, natural resource ordinance development, determining the environmental impacts of land development, conserving water and open space resources, habitat protection and restoration, greenways and trails, promoting alternative energy, ag preservation, and many other activities.

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