Several years ago the NYS DEC instituted regulations to what were deemed MS4 areas in Towns and Cities across the State. These were generally located around or near bodies of water that can be damaged by uncontrolled run off from surrounding lands. To ensure we do all we can do to protect our water resources I am providing the following ten (10) things you can do to help:
- Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks and roads.
- Never dump anything down storm drains.
- Vegetate bare spots in your yard.
- Compost your yard waste.
- Avoid pesticides; learn about Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
- Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces.
- Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway.
- Check car for leaks, and recycle motor oil.
- Pick up after your pet.
- Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly.
If you haven’t already, please visit www.community2gether.org and take the survey about what you would envision for Warwick’s future. This is a joint Town and three village effort, conducted by Community 2000 to gather your views on what we would like our Town to be in the years ahead. Thank you for participating. It’s your future!
Orange County will hold the next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Sat., Oct. 28 for residents. The collection center will be at the Delano Hitch Recreation Center, located at 401 Washington St. in Newburgh, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free for Orange County residents with proof of residency (no registration is required). No medical sharps will be accepted. If you wish to safely dispose of old prescription drugs, you may bring them to the lobby of the Warwick Police Department seven days/week. The Police Department is located in the lower level of Town Hall, 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.
For more information call 291-2664 or visit www.orangecountygov.com/efs and click on the Household Hazardous Waste tab on the left.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick. ard better choices — even up to 10 years after the program ends! Parents and caregivers will learn how to strengthen their bonds with their children and reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. The program will take place at the Warwick Valley Middle School, Wednesdays, March 22 through April 26 (no class April 12, spring break) from 6-8 PM. Refreshments will be served and there will be skill-building activities for youth ages 9 to 14. Childcare for younger children will be available as needed.
The above column, written by Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, has been published in the Oct. 18 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.