Water and Land Use

CURRENT PROJECTS
Great Healthy Yard Project
Great Healthy Yard Project
Don’t put toxins in your water: take the pledge to stop using pesticides for your yard. Take the No-Pesticide Pledge!
Organic Lawn Care
Organic Lawn Care
Taking care of your lawn organically is not that difficult and will keep our land and water safe for everyone.
For a Healthy Yard, Go Native!
For a Healthy Yard: Go Native!
Native species are adapted to grow in our area without pesticides, fertilizers, or even much maintenance.
Branch Out!
Branch Out!
Branch Out! is a tree planting program by the Bedford Garden Club to celebrate 100 years of its commitment to Bedford.

Leave Leaves Alone
Leaves are a part of your lawn’s ecosystem. Removing it hurts your trees! Mulch them to compost all winter.

Compost
Learn about composting in your backyard or join the Town of Bedford Community Compost program to drop off your organics at the town recycling center.
ABOUT THIS TASK FORCE

Join us to help protect Bedford’s resources as well as our own health and well-being!! We address the issues of water quality and supply; land use and conservation; and the planting, protection and preservation of trees. It will focus on educating and mobilizing the community to take local action in these areas. It will also work with Town officials, local utility companies and others to assess and promote the most effective short, medium and long-term measures to accomplish the goals of the Climate Action Plan in these areas.

Our goals include:

  • Holding community wide meetings to address water quality as it relates to our health with a particular focus on how we can make can make a big improvement in our water quality and our families’ health easily by simply not using synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers and the improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and household chemicals
  • Encouraging and educating our community to adopt positive practices relating to land use and conservation by protecting open spaces, planting trees and preserving biodiversity
  • Sponsoring tree projects that educate the community about the value of trees in sequestering pollutants as well as carbon, absorbing storm water run off, protecting water supply and reducing impact of flooding
  • Encouraging removal of invasive species and the planting of native plants in residents yards. These plants don’t require chemicals to thrive, and they also support bees, birds, and other pollinators. (Visit the Westchester Native Plant Center for a list of these plants.)
  • Supporting pollinators through taking the recommendations of Hudson Valley Natural Beekeepers