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Care About Our Local Environment? Get Involved!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Tompkins County encourages citizen engagement. One way is to serve in an advisory capacity on a board or committee.  The County is accepting applications for two volunteer citizen boards that advise the County Legislature on decisions made about our local environment: the Water Resources Council (WRC) and the Environmental Management Council (EMC).

Tompkins County residents are invited to submit an application no later than Friday, October 6, 2017. Municipal representatives on the Environmental Management Council must also submit a resolution of support from the municipality.

Positions Available:

The WRC has vacancies for individuals representing the general public (at-large seats), municipal government, agriculture, and business and industry.  The Councilprovides guidance and recommendations to the County Legislature for managing local water resources, supports local governments in the implementation of relevant regulations, and addresses water resources issues of importance or concern to the community. 

Meetings are held at the TCAT Transit Center on the third Monday of each month at 4:15 PM (subject to rescheduling if a conflict occurs with holidays).

The EMC has at-large seats open to all County residents as well as vacancies for appointed representatives from the following municipalities:  Towns of Caroline, Danby, Dryden, Enfield, Groton, and Lansing; and Villages of Dryden, Groton, and Trumansburg.  The EMC has been Tompkins County government's official citizen advisory board on local environmental matters since 1971 and is one of the oldest EMCs in the state.

Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 4:00 PM, at the Old Jail, 125 E. Court Street in downtown Ithaca.

Interviews will be conducted by subcommittees of the EMC and WRC, and appointments will be made by the Tompkins County Legislature.

For an application, visit the County’s website at, or call the Legislature office at 607-274-5434.