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Whately Food Assessment Released

Whately Food Assessment 2015 Article GraphicThe Whately Food Assessment was completed in December 2015 and helps the Whately Agricultural Commission make the case for protecting one of Whately’s greatest assets – it’s excellent farmland. The report, presented as a series of infographics, is available at the Whately Town Hall, Library and in the Whately newsletter, and illustrates the economic impact of Whately’s farms to the community. It also addresses the cost of community services and the status of preserved land in Whately to date. The report also provides strategies for protecting more farmland, especially important as the housing market begins to pick up, putting some of Whately’s agricultural land at risk for development. The complete report is AVAILABLE HERE. For more info, contact Mary Praus at mpraus@frcog.org or 413 774 3167 x131.

Statewide Food Plan Released

The Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan presents goals and actions that will help strengthen the state’s food system. Over 1,500 people contributed to developing it — now it’s time for even more people to work to make it a reality. Work with us to build an integrated, sustainable, and equitable food system!

Download the plan.

FRCOG Autumn Newsletter

connrivWe are pleased to release this season’s issue of the FRCOG Newsletter. Please let us know if you would like it emailed to you by clicking here, and read the information-packed issue here: 2015 autumn newsletter

When is an electrical permit and license required?

Our electrical inspector, Tom McDonald, has some important news to share about the usefulness and requirement of applying for an electrical permit and hiring a licensed electrician.  To see more, please click here.

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Get Licensed to Support the Environment!

Did you know that the state’s “Preserve the Trust” license plates help support water quality protection right here in Franklin County?  According to the Mass Environmental Trust,  currently three plates are offered,  representing the coastal, central and western regions of the state (the Western Mass plate depicts a leaping Brook Trout). Proceeds from the sale of over 50,000 environmental license plates have funded more than $16 million in environmental protection and education projects. Approximately $1 million in grants is awarded annually to fund a diverse array of environmental efforts.

Click here for more information.

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Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

Are you a member of your local or regional Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, or just interested in the local municipal planning process? Check out the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative fall workshops. The first workshop is at Pioneer Valley Planning Commission on October 8th followed by 20 workshops covering 14 topics in locations ranging from Martha’s Vineyard to Pittsfield. There should be something for everyone.

For more information, including workshops and registration, see the Fall CPTC Flyer.

FRCOG Awarded $182,250 in EPA 319 Funds!

EPA LogoThe Patrick Administration Announces $1.42 Million in 319 Grants from EPA to Fund Projects Targeting Pollutants that Impact Waterways. The Patrick Administration announced on September 4, 2014 that six projects targeting water pollution from stormwater runoff and erosion have been recommended for more than $1.42 million in grants utilizing funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grant Program. The FRCOG was awarded $182,250 in 319 grant funds for a Watershed-Based Plan to Maintain the Health and Improve the Resilience of the Deerfield River Watershed. Read details of the announcement HERE.