About the EAC
Term length: 3 years
*If you are interested in joining the EAC, we encourage you to attend one or two of our meetings and please complete the Volunteer Form and send it into the township.
The EAC meets at 7:30 pm on the second Thursday of the month at the Township Building, the public is welcome to attend.
What is an EAC?
Source: PA EAC Network Handbook
An Environmental Advisory Council is a group of 3-7 community residents, appointed by local elected officials, that advises the local planning commission, park and recreation board and elected officials on the protection, conservation, management, promotion and use of natural resources within its territorial limits. Municipalities are authorized to establish EACs through Act 177 of 1996, originally Act 148 of 1973. 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.
What EACs Do
In accordance with Act 177, 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.
What Don’t EACs Do
- EACs do not regulate; they are advisory only.
- EACs do not take the place of or compete with planning commissions or park and recreation boards; they augment and work closely with them.
- EACs are not activist or extremist environmental groups — they are part of the local government and accomplish the most when they work well with local officials.
- EACs do not compete with local grass-roots organizations, such as watershed associations.
- They are contact points and local government liaisons for these groups.
- EACs do not add bureaucracy to the local government — they have an organized procedure for participating in land use decisions.