Light pollution has numerous serious
effects on humans and on animals. It can disrupt sleep cycles and
animal migratory activities as well as many other aspects of life.
It also pollutes the sky so both humans and animals (some of which rely
on star sightings for migration) can not see the fainter stars. As
light pollution becomes more pervasive, more and more stars fade from
view. As our County embarks on a major rewriting of our County
Comprehensive Plan it is important that we address this issue.
If you are concerned about losing an
aspect of our environment that makes rural living in Hampshire County
so pleasant, please speak up on this issue. You may contact Charlie
Baker, our Compliance Officer at the County Planner's Office at (304)822-7018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web Links of Interest:
Geographic article on the national problem of light
The International Dark Sky
Books on the night sky from Sky
Project Night Sky
National Park Service - Night Sky
Another National Park Service Dark Sky page
The City Dark - video - a PBS Point of View documentary
Night View of Earth - an interactive map