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THe towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, have applied to become the state’s first designated International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) community. If approved, the towns that border each other will join 29 parks and eight other communities all over the world that combat light pollution during the night to maintain the view of the night time sky.
“Anyone that hasn’t seen the Milky Way is likely to be overwhelmed… in amazement by how bright it’s, how remarkable it’s is going over the sky.”

He says in the event you look on a clear night in the Wet Mountain Valley in Colorado, you will see stars from horizon to horizon.


Silver Cliff and Westcliffe will be the primary towns and situated about an hour west. The valley understood for the ranches and is surrounded by mountains. Bradburn says it is reasonable to guard the night sky there because it’s going to attract others among tourists.

Keeping the stars as well as the night sky dark bright, because as our towns and cities grow, they are generally bringing with them increased light pollution.  You can see a documentary on the BBC iPlayer which demonstrates how an area of the UK called Northumberland applied with great benefits to their tourism industry.  Check this page out for help in accessing the BBC from the USA.

Based on Barentine fixtures that cast light are a waste of energy and may cause host of issues with insects, wildlife, plants, as well as human well-being.

Barentine says the options are as easy as putting a shield on a backyard light to maintain the light focused down or removing unneeded lights to fight light pollution.

“The communities must enact lighting ordinance that puts significant limitations on which you can and can not do with light.”

The ordinances do not need to be complicated and model codes were developed by the IDA with the assistance of a professional light engineers organization. Existing light is generally grandfathered in, but when upgraded will have to be updated to maintain conformity with all the dim sky code.

The IDA is reviewing an application. The board is expected to produce a decision shortly.


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