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West Branch Housatonic River Cleanup on Saturday
08:16AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Saturday, June 25, from 9 am – 1 pm, volunteers are invited to help clean up the West Branch of the Housatonic River.    Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) said cleanups make a considerable difference in the health of the Housatonic River and the wildlife that depends on it. Over the years, BEAT and Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) have collected an array of debris — including mattresses, shopping carts, inflatable pools, bicycles, televisions, tires, construction materials, metal barrels, and all kinds of everyday trash. Once, they even found an empty ATM. Since beginning annual cleanups, their efforts have made a noticeable

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Pittsfield Green Drinks: 'Reduce, Reuse, and Rethink Your Trash'
08:15AM / Friday, June 17, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Self-proclaimed waste-reduction nerd Mary Stucklen will speak at the June Pittsfield Green Drinks event on Tuesday, June 21, at 6:00 PM on Zoom.    Stucklen will talk about all things waste: reducing your waste, easy ways to reuse, as well as how to compost and recycle effectively. She'll also give out some simple tips and tricks that everyone can do to reduce the amount of waste they're producing.    Stucklen is a local to the Berkshires and is an avid volunteer in the community. Stucklen has participated in various local green committees, waste-reduction programs, conservation commissions, and even began BEAT's Berkshire Zero-Waste

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Tag Sale Fundraiser for BEAT
03:46PM / Tuesday, June 14, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) will hold a tag sale on Saturday, June 18, from 9 AM to 1 PM at their Environmental Leadership & Education Center, 20 Chapel Street in Pittsfield.    The event will be rain or shine; the sale will be moved indoors if necessary.    BEAT are renovating the former Immanuel Community Church. It now serves as their Environmental Leadership & Education Center.   According to a press release htere are 18 soild wood pews available for sale for $100 each, a piano, a small organ, electric stoves, a metal cabinet, reversible rolling chalkboards, and lots of plates. They also have an assortment of

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Berkshire Natural Resources Council Receives State Conservation Grant
12:00PM / Monday, June 13, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state awarded the Berkshire Natural Resources Council a Landscape Partnership Grant of $1,250,000 grant to conserve 836 acres in Monterey and Tyringham.   The grant will go toward the Mount Hunger Conservation project and the continued forest management of the area, expanding public access for passive recreation, and building climate resilience by adding to a connected conservation corridor of over 14,000 acres.   "Investing in these important projects will make our communities more resilient to climate change, protect critical drinking water supplies, and ensure communities benefit from access to open space," said Gov. Charlie Baker.

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Berkshire Farmers Markets Receive Grants
04:00PM / Thursday, June 02, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV) has awarded $100,000 in grants to nine Berkshire area farmers markets to support SNAP matching programs.    In Berkshire County North Adams Farmers Market, Pittsfield Farmers Market, West Stockbridge Farmers Market, Lee Farmers Market, Great Barrington Farmers Market and Sheffield Farmers Market received grants.   "When we started farming, it was important for us to be able to produce great food for more than just a narrow segment of our community," said Michael Gallagher of Square Roots Farm (Lanesborough). "The market match programs at our markets in Pittsfield and North Adams have been a

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BEAT Receives Grant to Renovate Environmental Leadership and Education Center
04:02PM / Friday, May 20, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Massachusetts Cultural Council has awarded a Cultural Facilities Fund grant of $200,000 to Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) in support of buying and renovating BEAT's new Environmental Leadership & Education Center.    On November 8, 2021, BEAT was able to buy their property at 20 Chapel Street in Pittsfield — right on the banks of the southwest branch of the Housatonic River.    Next, BEAT will be restoring the riverbank by removing invasive species and replanting with native, wildlife-supporting plants. Funding from the Cultural Facilities Fund will allow them to begin renovations to make their building fully

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Celebrate World Fish Migration Day at Berkshire Athenaeum
11:27AM / Friday, May 20, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Celebrate World Fish Migration Day at the Pittsfield Public Library on Saturday, May 21, from 10 AM to 12 PM.    Join Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), Housatonic Valley Association, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, and the City of Pittsfield for this free day that takes place every two years as a global celebration to create awareness about the importance of migratory fish and free-flowing rivers.   As part of this event, interactive displays for all ages will demonstrate some of the challenges migratory fish encounter—from physical barriers, such as dams and culverts, to runoff pollution that enters aquatic ecosystems. There

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Berkshire Community College Participates in 'No Mow May'
08:05AM / Friday, May 20, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) is now taking part in an initiative called "No Mow May."    BCC has directed its facilities staff to refrain from mowing campus lawns until after June 1.    The "No Mow May" movement, which originated in the United Kingdom in 2019, now includes dozens of participant cities in the United States. By leaving normally clean-cut lawns untouched, the initiative aims to help bees and other pollinators thrive as they emerge in the spring.    Mowing lawns less frequently allows flowering plants to bloom, providing pollinators with the nectar and pollen they rely on to feed themselves and

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BEAT: Conserving Flowers and their Pollinators
04:04PM / Monday, May 16, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Joan Edwards will speak at the May Pittsfield Green Drinks event on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 PM and give a slideshow presentation about the rapidly decreasing biodiversity that is taking place globally, known as the sixth extinction.    She will specifically focus on flowers and their insect visitors.    This sixth extinction is primarily driven by human actions, from habitat loss to climate change. The impacts of biodiversity loss are far-reaching, resulting in biological communities that are less resilient and with diminished ecosystems services. As part of the discussion, Joan will explore the impact of biodiversity loss in the

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State Awards $1.3 Billion in Loans and Grants to Fund Wastewater and Drinking Water Projects
12:37PM / Sunday, May 15, 2022
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that 183 projects across the Commonwealth are eligible to receive approximately $1.3 billion in low-interest-rate loans and grants to fund construction, planning and asset management projects designed to improve water quality, upgrade or replace aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and cut treatment plant energy use and costs.    These offerings include nearly $189 million in additional funding that Massachusetts expects to receive from federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and $100 million from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds this year.   "Wastewater and drinking water facilities play a

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