Environment and Energy Committee Chair Thomas Abinanti (D, I, WF-Greenburgh) tapped Harckham (D, WF- Bedford) to Chair the Sub Committee on Septics.

Abinanti, Chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Environment & Energy said, "Out of sight out of mind clearly applies to septic system problems throughout the county. We need to pay focused attention to this massive number of septic systems with problems which seriously endanger our clean drinking water.”

Said Harckham, “Nothing is more important to protecting our fragile drinking water supplies than formulating comprehensive septic policy. The benefit of this committee is that it will provide an opportunity for all of the policy makers and stakeholders to meet regularly and to build early consensus on policy since it will be formulated collaboratively.”

Committee member and former Environment Chair Michael Kaplowitz (D, I, WF-Somers) commented, “The vexing problem of sewage and septic continues. Thanks to Pete Harckham for forming this sub committee to seek various solutions and a comprehensive course of action.”

The Sub Committee will explore education, maintenance, repair, inspection, technology and funding, as well as the impact of new MS4 requirements, including the possible formation of regional entities to address mutual challenges. The Board of Legislators has already approved funding for county wide septic education.

The Septic Sub Committee is scheduled to meet monthly and all meetings will be open to the public.

The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 17th at 3:30 PM in the Michaelian Office Building, 8th

Pete Harckham – BOL, 2nd LD
John Nonna – BOL, 3rd LD
Mike Kaplowitz – BOL, 4th LD
Sue Gerry – County Executive’s Office
Gina D’’Agrosa – County Planning Department
Leonard Meyerson – County Health Department
Dan Welch - Lewisboro Town Board
Richard Lyman - Pound Ridge Town Board
Roberta Wiernik – League of Women Voters
Ed Delaney - Bibbo Associates