Why We Were Created
In December 1989, the chief elected officials in the Cities of Westfield and Holyoke, the Towns of Easthampton and Southampton, and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission signed the “Memorandum of Agreement for Barnes Aquifer Protection” at a public ceremony. This agreement to act cooperatively to protect a natural resource of regional significance was the culmination of a yearlong planning effort by PVPC and a voluntary advisory task force of local officials and residents. The intergovernmental compact created a standing Barnes Aquifer Protection Advisory Committee (BAPAC) with the authority to review and comment on “developments of regional impact” (DRIs) in the aquifer recharge area, and to develop a regional aquifer protection strategy. For more information about DRIs, click here. 

Who We Are
The inter-municipal contract that created BAPAC specifies how many members are selected to the committee. The chief elected officials of each member community is to appoint three representatives and PVPC is to appoint one representative. BAPAC members for Fiscal Year 2013 are:

Michael Czerwiec, Water Department
Chester Seklecki, Planning Board
Dave Conti, Water Commission
Jeff Burkott, Planning Department
Andrew Smith, Conservation Commission
Tom Gaughan, Water Department
James Labrie, Planning Department
Marla Hanc, Conservation Commission
Charles Darling, Water Department
Karen Leigh, Conservation Commission
Robert Newton, Professor of Geomorphology, Smith College
Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission
Patty Gambarini, Senior Environmental Planner, BAPAC Facilitator