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CONTENTS:
CWF: April E-News 2017
Six (Aww) Reasons
SJ4S: 2nd Certification Deadline & April Sustainability Hero
Time to Join Our Ecovillage Community!
NWF: Celebrating Earth Month
Great Places: What's Your Nature?
ASFPM needs your help finding K-12 flood education materials or programs
April Littoral News
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
Children & Nature Network Collected Announcements/Links
Protecting Endangered/Threatened Species
Certify your yard to expand wildlife habitat
Coastodian Spring 2017
SJ: And the Winners Are...
Live from Island Beach State Park, it's the "Osprey Cam!"
ANJEE Online: 350th Edition March 24, 2017
SJ4S: Second Certification Application Deadline April 10th
Science Update: Save Bats, Save Tequila
NJ Clean Communities News: March 2017
C&NN: Start Your Journey Today
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for March
Barnegat Bay Subaqueous Soil Survey Now Available Online
SJ: March Sustainability Hero Announced
Celebrate Spring! Volunteer, Attend a Seminar, Plant a Tree
SJ4S: Never Underestimate the Power of A Small Grant
Eco-Schools USA: Road to the Final Fur
Great Places: The Challenges Ahead
Children & Nature Research Digest | February 2017
March Littoral News
Screen SEED: The Untold Story in your Community!
SJ This Week: Local Action-Collective Impact, Save the Date for NJ Sustainability Summit
Notes from the New Nature Movement for 02/28/2017
New Jersey is #15 for LEED in the US + More
Raritan Headwaters Newsletter: It's March already?
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
Science Update: Turtles on Ice
Winter 2017 Issue of Conservationist for Kids Now Online
The Time is NOW to Start Planning your Certification and Recertification
Green Knight Newsletter - February 2017
River-Friendly Reflections
CWF: February E-News 2017
NAAEE: Environmental Education Research Bulletin
Great Places: Core Principles for a Time of Change
Children & Nature Research Digest | January 2017
Combat News Fatigue With Winter Gardening!
February Littoral News
Raritan Headwaters: Think Spring!
CWF: April E-News 2017             (Posted: 4-18-17)

RARE WILDLIFE REVEALED CONTINUES TO INSPIRE AUDIENCES
NEW VIDEO TELLS FASCINATING STORY OF NJ'S ONLY TRAVELING ART EXHIBITION
Have you wished you could see Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition, but you haven't made it to the show yet? Your chance to enjoy the paintings and experience the lively events is just a click away. Conserve Wildlife Foundation has partnered with James Fiorentino and Preview & Total Productions to create a special video about how 25 original watercolors are inspiring audiences to protect endangered and vulnerable wildlife in New Jersey and beyond. Now you can share in the excitement by watching our newly released short-film.

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST IN DRAMATIC BATTLE ON UNION COUNTY FALCON CAM
Resident male taking over the responsibility of incubating the eggs during the ongoing battles.

PEREGRINE FALCON PAIR FIGHTS AGAINST INTRUDER
Protecting their nest proved to be a matter of life and death for the resident falcon pair on top of the Union County Courthouse who fought a relentless female intruder throughout the month of March. A fierce battle played out for thousands of viewers who watched to see which female would prevail. Every time it appeared the intruder had been defeated, she returned to fight again as seen in the March 29 footage when the female peregrine falcons locked talons and fell from the sky

Resident female inspecting the nest prior to laying her eggs in March.
On April 4, the intruder, 91/BA from Rochester, New York, named Cadence, was spotted again at the nest. A tangle between the two females further weakened the visibly injured and exhausted resident. ENSP Zoologist Kathy Clark watched as 91/BA hit the resident female who has not been seen since.

This live streaming video, provided in partnership with Union County, offers the unfiltered behavior of nesting peregrine falcons and natural selection at work. The resident male has continued to ensure the survival of his offspring as he begins to court his new mate.  If the eggs are not kept warm, then the embryos will fail to develop. Though unlikely, the new young female could incubate these eggs or lay her own.

Visit the Union County Falcon Cam on our website to watch this story unfold. Read expert commentary and view taped footage on our Nestbox News.

And since just one wildlife webcam may not be enough, CWF is proud to feature three other cameras on our website - Osprey CamBat Cam, and Jersey City Falcon Cam

ATTENTION NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
"SPECIES ON THE EDGE 2.0" SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST IS NOW OPEN!

CWF invites high school students from across the state to create an original social media campaign to promoting the critical importance of wildlife protection in New Jersey. All entries are due by Friday, May 19, 2017.

Sponsored by PSEG, this fun and educational "Species on the Edge 2.0" Social Media Contest  capitalizes on high school students' expertise with social media platforms, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature. The contest helps to develop students' experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and their project management skills.

Best of all, it's free - and gives students the chance to win scholarships and other prizes!

Prizes include:
  • 1st prize: $1,000 in scholarship money
  • 2nd prize: $500 in scholarship money
  • 3rd prize: $250 in scholarship money

All registered participants will be eligible to win a day in the field with a wildlife biologist.

Please read the contest rules and fill out the entry form that will be submitted with each entry.

BRING WILDLIFE TO LIFE WITH AN EXPERT SPEAKER
DOZENS OF ENGAGING TOPICS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR GROUP, CLUB, SCHOOL OR COMPANY
Education is a vital component to protecting New Jersey's wildlife. CWF's Speakers Bureau program allows us to share the stories of New Jersey's rare wildlife with residents throughout the state and beyond. These stories inspire individuals to act on wildlife's behalf and help us to keep New Jersey's wildlife in our future.

The Speakers Bureau offers organized groups informative and entertaining 60-minute PowerPoint presentations highlighting New Jersey's rare wildlife and how CWF works to protect them.

Groups can choose from a selection of topics including: An Incredible Journey: Shorebird Migration, Creature of the Night: The Bats of New Jersey, Terrapin Station: The Diamondback Terrapin of the Saltmarsh, Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State, Removing the Threat of Crab Pots in Barnegat Bay, and so much more!

Visit our website today to find out what you can learn about New Jersey's wildlife inhabitants and the threats they face from CWF's prominent biologists.

NEXT STOP FOR RARE WILDLIFE REVEALED
HIRAM BLAUVELT ART MUSEUM, Oradell, New Jersey
Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition will be shown at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum from April 17 - July 30, 2017. The museum was established in 1957 by the Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation, a legacy of the late Hiram Blauvelt, philanthropist, conservationist and collector. Through the contribution of his private wildlife art and big game collections, he hoped to promote the cultural value of wildlife art and the need for the conservation of its subjects. Rare Wildlife Revealed engages the public in protecting our most vulnerable wildlife.
AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: SHOREBIRD MIGRATION 

Join CWF Wildlife Ecologist, Stephanie Feigin, at the Upper Branch of the Cape May County Library on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 6:00-7:00PM, for her presentation on the amazing hemisphere-wide migration of red knots and other at-risk shorebirds. New Jersey's Delaware Bay acts as the centerpiece of this globally renowned journey, as shorebirds descend to its shores each May to feast on horseshoe crab eggs. Unfortunately, red knots and other shorebirds have sharply declined in recent years, and their very survival is at stake. Feigin will discuss the shorebirds' migration, the causes of their decline, the innovative scientific projects being done to help the birds recover, and her own shorebird field studies from Brazil to Cape Cod.
RAPTORS OF THE GARDEN STATE
New Jersey's magnificent raptors - including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and ospreys - have made an inspiring recovery over the past few decades, thanks largely to the work of devoted biologists and faithful volunteers from CWF and ENSP. The Sussex County Bird Club welcomes all to their annual dinner at the Lafayette House in Lafayette, New Jersey on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM. CWF Executive Director David Wheeler will lead the evening with his presentation about the incredible raptors of New Jersey, and the innovative work being done to study and protect them in the Garden State. All reservations must be received by Monday, April 17.

Photo courtesy of Northside Jim
EXPLORE SEDGE ISLAND WITH A HANDS-ON ECOLOGICAL WORKSHOP
CWF is proud to offer a hands-on professional development opportunity on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, available for both formal and informal teachers at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center. Participants will encounter peregrine falcons, ospreys and other New Jersey wildlife while learning the effective ways on how to teach science and environmental stewardship to students. This workshop will utilize CWF's WebCams and lessons aligned with NGSS and Multiple Intelligences Theory of Learning. Visit our website and reserve your spot today!

STUDYING THE RIDGWAY'S OSPREY OF BELIZE: PART I, II, AND III
CWF's Habitat Program Manager Ben Wurst revisits his journey in Belize with a three part blog recap of the research and struggles the team discovered about Ridgway's Osprey.


WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WATERLOO DURING SPRINGTIME?
Each year, many amphibians become victim to vehicular collision as they move from their hibernation sites across Waterloo Road to the vernal pool in which they reproduce.

Six (Aww) Reasons             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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SJ4S: 2nd Certification Deadline & April Sustainability Hero             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
253 Districts     619 Schools     Participating
New! April 2017 Sustainability Hero
  
The April 2017 Sustainability Hero is Erica DeMichele, the Supervisor of Curriculum for Delran Township School District located in Burlington County. Read about Erica's accomplishments with the Delran Township School District; the district received a New Jersey Governor's Environmental Excellence Award and earned one of four statewide spots in the NJ STEM Ecosystem Alliance. Erica has secured over $16,000 in Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants. The student green teams in Delran are impressive, with over 250 active participants at the four schools. Read more about Erica's story here.
 
To capture the stories of our local leaders, we recognize a Sustainability Hero monthly. Go to the Sustainable Jersey Heroes page to recommend someone on your green team, municipal staff, school staff or task force who's a sustainability hero.

Second Certification Application Deadline Approaching!
   
                  APRIL 10, 2017

Schools seeking bronze or silver certification with Sustainable Jersey for Schools in 2017 are encouraged to take advantage of multiple review periods in the application cycle. 

Iterative submission of application materials allows your green team to receive valuable feedback on your efforts as you accumulate points towards certification.  

2017 Certification Application Deadlines
April 10, 2017
 Second 2017 Application Submission Deadline

June 29, 2017
Third (FINAL) 2017 Application Submission Deadline

Check out these past webinar presentations for tips and guidance for a successful submission: 
Preparing for Certification (access narrated recording here)
Free Technical Support on Energy Initiatives
   
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is once again partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to provide trained graduate student fellows to assist municipalities and school districts within NJNG service territory in completing the Sustainable Jersey energy actions. Efforts will be focused on improving building performance through energy efficiency analysis, planning, and upgrades, but may also include renewable energy and other energy-related improvements.  For more information click here.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017, at 11:59pm
 June 21, 2017 8:30-4:30pm
2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit: 
Local Action, Collective Impact
 
The  2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit will explore how coordinated local action can achieve an increased collective impact. Sustainable Jersey brings together a unique mix of public and private, state and local partners to support communities in achieving remarkable progress. This event attracts over 300 diverse participants.
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Atlantic County 
Buena Regional Middle School

Camden County
Gloucester Township School District

Essex County
Washington Middle School (Millburn)

Gloucester County
Memorial Elementary School (Pitman)
Pitman Middle School

Hunterdon County
North Hunterdon-Voorhees 
Regional School District

Monmouth County
Deal Borough School District

Looking for 10-20 Points via the 
Radon Testing, Education & Mitigation Action?
Check out The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radon Awareness Grants!
   
Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to schools (not a district). Schools can request a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Radon Section to be used toward school testing costs. A limited number of grants is available.

A school has two testing options: send a school staff member for training to receive an exemption so they can conduct the radon testing or contract with a certified radon measurement business to conduct the testing. Long Branch Township schools recently received grants to test nine schools. They provided feedback that the grant process was easy and paid for most of the testing in their schools. Check out the Sustainable Jersey for Schools "Radon Testing, Education & Mitigation Action" to learn more about radon in schools and what to do about it. 

Applications are accepted until all grant funds have been allocated. Review DEP grant information and apply today! For further information or if you have questions, please call (800) 648-0394.
"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a free webinar series for school board members who seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting sustainability.

FUTURE WEBINARS IN THE SERIES: 
April 12   10-11am  Strategic Planning: Incorporating Green Initiatives
May 10   10-11am  Education for Sustainability
June 14  10-11am  Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements
Find Events & List Events: EarthdayNJ.org
New Jersey Earth Week & National Environmental Education Week 
4/23-4/28
 
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has administered the Earth Day New Jersey website (www.earthdayNJ.org) for almost 20 years.Each year the Earth Day New Jersey website receives more than 50,000 hits in April through May because it features an Events Calendar that lists as many as 100 or more public events, including fairs, cleanups, plantings, festivals, walks and outdoor programs. The Earth Day New Jersey website also features a school programs listing, history of Earth Day and Environmental Education Week, and suggestions for actions that families, schools and individuals can take to help protect the environment. Find out how to list your school events here.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

WEBINAR: GAMIFICATION OF A COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAM 
NJAHPERD & NJDOH "Shape America" webinar series
APRIL 12, 2017  3:00-4:00PM
This webinar will share ways in which a comprehensive school physical activity program can be tied to an overall theme and turned into a game, as well as exploring the benefits to this approach.
Intended Audience: K-12 health and physical educators
SHAPE America Member Price: $0 - FREE to SHAPE America members as part of your membership
Non-Member Price: $19.96 reimbursed through NJAHPERD. REGISTER
here.

DUKE FARMS CLIMATE SCIENCE & SUSTAINABLE ACTIONS ACADEMY
Participating K-12 educators, administrators and non-formal educators will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ's top experts, and develop NGSS/NJSLS-aligned lesson plans that bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students. Click here 
for more details.

STUDENT CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE
SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2017 1:00-5:30PM 
High school students are invited to this FREE conference at the Stonybrook Millstone Watershed Association in Pennington, NJ. A variety of workshops will be presented by Princeton University Graduate Students and the Director of the Watershed. Also, tour a highly energy and water efficient LEED platinum-certified building. Engage with students from other schools.Create an action plan for your school and perhaps win a $500 grant for your project. Great local food - FREE Pre-registration required: link here.  

LANDSCAPING FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
APRIL 26, 2017  WEBINAR 1:00-2:00PM
The entire community can reap the benefits of utilizing efficient landscaping techniques to create an attractive environment in balance with the native surroundings, local climate, and function of the space. Learn about actions and resources in both the Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey for Schools programs that can help municipalities and schools provide landscapes that reduce stormwater runoff, and minimize water use through use of sustainable landscaping practices.

The webinar will feature a demonstration of the Jersey-Friendly Yards website, (www.jerseyyards.org), an easy-to-use, comprehensive source of information for creating attractive, low-maintenance landscaping that is not only better for the environment but also saves time and money. You'll also hear from Neil Chambers, a member of the South Orange Environmental Commission and the Maplewood, South Orange, and Millburn Green Teams, who will talk about their successful ReYard program, which he helped to create. 
Click here to register.

BEST PRACTICES FOR COMMUNICATING & USING SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL DATA
MAY 2, 2017  WEBINAR 1:00-2:00PM
Reporting progress toward program goals is crucial for supporting and growing Safe Routes to School initiatives. This webinar will explore effective strategies for collecting and using relevant data at the local, regional, and state levels. Speakers will discuss data collection, data-informed decision making, and how to communicate results effectively. Click here to register.

NJSBA SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
MAY 24, 2017  The Conference Center at Mercer, West Windsor, NJ
Take your sustainability efforts to the next level!
NJSBA's Sustainability Leadership Conference will include breakout sessions, a keynote address, and a networking lunch which will offer participants the opportunity to participate in round table discussions on hot topics in green leadership. The day will also include a panel discussion on top ten essential sustainability questions your green team should be asking. This conference will arm you with information on best practices and solutions to help promote sustainable leadership in your district.
Click here for more details.
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Time to Join Our Ecovillage Community!             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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NWF: Celebrating Earth Month             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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Great Places: What's Your Nature?             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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ASFPM needs your help finding K-12 flood education materials or programs             (Posted: 4-18-17)

And the Children Shall Lead—kids learning and then educating adults about flood issues and ways to mitigate 

ASFPM is creating a publicly available resource containing flood education programs, materials and resources geared toward a kindergarten to 12th grade audience. We need your help finding any and all current K-12 materials or programs with a water quantity (not water quality) focus.

Examples are:

  • Natural floodplain functions, nature-based approaches and green infrastructure
  • Economic, environmental and social impacts
  • Flood safety, warnings and emergency response
  • Different types of flooding in riverine, coastal or urban areas
  • Results of land use change, climate change or sea level rise.

Some existing resources are Project WET, Water, Water Everywhere and Stormtalker Education Program

Educational resources can take the form of books, modules, phone apps and games, physical models and games, coloring/comic books, trading cards, websites, videos, social media, outreach programs and more. Educational programs and resources may be taught online or hands-on at or through schools, museums or other venues and range in scope from comprehensive discussions of flooding hazards to how flooding impacts communities or even simple and effective ways to reduce flooding by conserving wetlands or building rain gardens.

Please email Jeff Stone (jeff@floods.org) by April 21, 2017 and provide or attach (only if website link not available) as much information as possible about the resources including:

  • Name or title of resource
  • Name of organization
  • Website address or contact information
  • Attachments

Based on what we learn from you, we will create a resource containing flood education programs and materials, while also looking for opportunities to expand flood education for kids. We want to know about anything that exists if it helps kids learn more about floods and floodplain management.

Sincerely,
Jeff Stone
Senior Research Manager
ASFPM Flood Science Center
jeff@floods.org

April Littoral News             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!             (Posted: 4-13-17)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program
Water Pages eNewsletter
Rain Garden Rebate Program
Attention Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Raritan Borough, and Somerville residents' do not miss out on the opportunity to receive a rebate for up to $450 for installing a rain garden at your home!   Please register to join the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program at the Rain Garden Rebate Program Education Session on April 4, 2017 at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ.  One-on-one rain garden design sessions will be held April 18th and 25th at Duke Farms where you will meet with members of the RCE Water Resources Program team to design a rain garden for your home.  You must attend the education session and a design session to be eligible to receive a rebate.  The sessions are open to anyone to attend, but rebates are only available to properties in the study area of Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Raritan Borough, and Somerville.  Rebates are made possible by the New Jersey Water Supply Authority Watershed Protection Program and a 319(h) grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  For registration and more information please click here.
Water Resources Program Sweeps Three Awards at the New Jersey ASLA 2017 Conference!
The RCE Water Resources Program was honored to receive three Merit Awards from the New Jersey American Society of Landscape Architects this spring. Award-winning projects included the Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual for New Jersey, the Woodbridge Township Floodplain Restoration Plan, and the McKeown Elementary School Rain Garden Partnership Project.
The Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual for New Jersey helps make stormwater management available to a wide range of audiences. It is a multi-chapter document developed for New Jersey communities with combined sewer systems (CSS) and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to begin understanding green infrastructure as a strategy for stormwater management. The detailed guidance provides users with information on the fundamental function and benefits of select green infrastructure practices, along with corresponding technical design standards. It describes the design process for a green infrastructure practice from start to finish, guiding the user through each step from site identification to implementation. The goal of this manual is to inform planning and design professionals, municipal engineers and officials, community groups, and inspired residents who are interested in installing green infrastructure practices to reduce negative impacts resulting from stormwater runoff.

The Woodbridge Township Floodplain Restoration Plan was developed in partnership with Woodbridge Township, landscape architects and ecologists at Rutgers Cooperative Extension to address flooding challenges in 200 properties in five flood-prone residential neighborhoods. Municipalities across New Jersey face a range of challenges as a result of flooding, which has affected at least 549 of the state’s 565 municipalities.   Recent storms, including Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012, have devastated communities across the state, with an estimated $29.4 billion in damages and 30,000 properties damaged or destroyed in Superstorm Sandy alone.  Flooding is particularly challenging for New Jersey, which has the highest population density and the greatest percent of impervious surface in the country. To begin addressing these challenges, Woodbridge Township and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension specialists developed floodplain restoration and maintenance plans with a focus on increasing stormwater infiltration, reducing biweekly mowing requirements, and developing greater landscape connections.  The restoration plan includes trail development, wildlife habitat, and invasive species management that is integrated with stormwater management and flood storage.


The McKeown Elementary School Rain Garden Partnership Project was developed by the RCE Water Resources Program and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. Together, one of the largest rain gardens (3,865 square feet) was installed at the McKeown Elementary School with all students participating in the implementation phases of this project. Prior to the installation, stormwater would drip from the school gutters and flood the teacher's back parking lot while picking up nonpoint source pollution into the nearby catch basin, discharging unfiltered in the upper portion of the Paulins Kill. The rain garden was installed with donations from the larger community including, Land Power LLC, Cerbo's Nursery, and Hampton Township. This rain garden will capture, treat, and infiltrate over 500,000 gallons of stormwater runoff annually.

Municipal Action Teams are Moving Green Infrastructure into Action Across the State

Municipal action teams have been formed in combined sewer system communities to foster community engagement and serve to advocate for green infrastructure. Green infrastructure is one method to reduce the negative impacts associated with combined sewer systems. Municipal action teams are established to bring together local governments, utility authorities, residents, and community organizations to develop a community-based green infrastructure initiative. The goal of these teams is to foster collaboration and collective action that helps the municipality speak with a common voice and achieve a common goal while advocating for green infrastructure. Detailed below is an update on the various municipal action teams across the state. 

The Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) monthly meeting was cancelled in March due to weather. SMART partners are continuing to plan for the upcoming Camden Environmental Summit scheduled for June 14th. In addition, several spring projects will be completed in April during Earth Day and Arbor Day activities. Maintenance and clean up activities are being scheduled for many of the green infrastructure projects found across the city. For more information about Camden SMART, please visit www.camdensmart.com.    

Harrison's Municipal Action Team had it's initial meeting with local officials on March 16th to discuss green infrastructure opportunities. Facilitated by New Jersey Future, representatives from Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, the RCE Water Resources Program, town representatives, and Mayor James Fife attended the initial meeting. The community is interested in pursuing the implementation of demonstration green infrastructure projects. Partners will be assisting in evaluating opportunities identified in the Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study for the Town of Harrison and identify funding resources. Participants also discussed the opportunities to integrate green infrastructure into the many redevelopment projects. Future meetings will include the Hudson County and other community groups. The next meeting will be scheduled in April.

Gloucester City Environmental Partners is comprised of the green team, municipal action team, and supplemental CSO team. This group has been meeting monthly to address environmental efforts and concerns in Gloucester City. Partners are working to communicate environmental concerns with residents and businesses throughout the city as a priority. An informational brochure, outlining the environmental efforts being taken in Gloucester City, was mailed to all residents of the city in March along with their monthly sewer bill. Partners have also begun to deliver public presentations about the flooding and water quality issues that exist in the city and will continue through this summer. Partners will be showcasing a display on the environmental efforts at the upcoming Gloucester City Day scheduled in June. 

Jersey City Make It Green Team has coordinated programs and policy initiatives to celebrate the 2017 Year of Water! During the March meeting, partners agreed on benchmark goals and how they will quantify success. Partners also discussed the development of an outline process for community groups to engage municipal departments in pursing a demonstration green infrastructure project within a city park. Division of Planning and the Environmental Commission have released three of seven comprehensive resiliency master plans for the city. These draft plans were released during a public meeting on March 23rd and included a Resiliency, Adaptation, and Green Infrastructure Master Plan. Public comments will be accepted through April 15th to Environmental Planner, Kate Lawrence. The meeting ended with a presentation from Hudson County Planning to learn more about the county's update to the land development regulation and their green infrastructure requirements.

Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) is working towards engaging the Newark Housing Authority and the Newark Downtown District to provide recommendations of green infrastructure practices into future projects. DIG is continuously working with partners to implement green infrastructure projects of various scales at schools, parks, and city right of ways. Newark DIG will be working closer with the Department of Water and Sewer to identify ways in which DIG can help elevate the communication of the city's process in the Long Term Control Plan and the Combined Sewer System (CSS) permit to the residents in Newark for transparency and to provide residents and local organizations a voice. Partners are hosting a Quality of Life Summit in June (save the date coming soon) where Newark DIG is looking forward to continuing the dialogue between city departments and residents on sustainability issues and actions that can be taken.  For more information about Newark DIG, please visit www.NewarkDIG.org.

Paterson SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) partners presented to the City Council on March 7th to highlight SMART and future green infrastructure projects with schools, parks, and community groups. In the next month, SMART will be facilitating meetings with project partners for approvals. The city, in partnership with SMART, will be applying for a Community Forestry Management Plan grant to increase the tree canopy in the city. A tree planting is scheduled for April 8th with the New Jersey Tree Foundation and West Side Park, and volunteers are welcome to join! Partners will also be engaging residents through education programs with the Boys and Girls Club as well as participating at Great Falls Day on April 13th!  For more information about Paterson SMART, please visit www.PatersonSMART.org

Perth Amboy SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) partners are continuing to work together to implement green infrastructure projects at Washington Park and City Hall. The team has been developing outreach programming focused on the upcoming installations anticipated this summer. Programs will include displays about green infrastructure practices and the proposed projects. In addition, SWIM will be actively participating in this year's Earth Week activities beginning on April 17th. Be sure to drop by and check out all the amazing things happening in Perth Amboy! 
   
Technical assistance provided to these municipal action teams by the RCE Water Resources Program is funded in part by the Surdna Foundation with support from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and our local partners. For more information about the RCE Water Resources Program’s New Jersey Technical Assistance Program for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) communities please click here.   

RCE Water Resources Program | New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | M-F 8:30 - 4:30pm

Children & Nature Network Collected Announcements/Links             (Posted: 4-4-17)

Guest Blogs and Commentary from the New Nature Movement.
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup.
Reserve your spot for our next CCCN webinar.
Children & Nature Research Digest | March 2017.
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup.
You're Part of a Worldwide Movement.

Protecting Endangered/Threatened Species             (Posted: 4-4-17)

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Certify your yard to expand wildlife habitat             (Posted: 4-4-17)

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Coastodian Spring 2017             (Posted: 4-4-17)

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SJ: And the Winners Are...             (Posted: 4-4-17)

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Live from Island Beach State Park, it's the "Osprey Cam!"             (Posted: 4-4-17)

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ANJEE Online: 350th Edition March 24, 2017             (Posted: 4-4-17)

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SJ4S: Second Certification Application Deadline April 10th             (Posted: 3-22-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
250 Districts     615 Schools     Participating
Second Certification Application Deadline Approaching!
   
                  APRIL 10, 2017

Schools seeking bronze or silver certification with Sustainable Jersey for Schools in 2017 are encouraged to take advantage of multiple review periods in the application cycle. 

Iterative submission of application materials allows your green team to receive valuable feedback on your efforts as you accumulate points towards certification.  

2017 Certification Application Deadlines
April 10, 2017
 Second 2017 Application Submission Deadline

June 29, 2017
Third (FINAL) 2017 Application Submission Deadline
Check out these past webinar presentations for tips and guidance for a successful submission: 
Preparing for Certification (access narrated recording here)
Looking for 10-20 Points via the 
Radon Testing, Education & Mitigation Action?
Check out The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radon Awareness Grants!
   
Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to schools (not a district). Schools can request a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Radon Section to be used toward school testing costs. A limited number of grants is available.

A school has two testing options: send a school staff member for training to receive an exemption so they can conduct the radon testing or contract with a certified radon measurement business to conduct the testing. Long Branch Township schools recently received grants to test nine schools. They provided feedback that the grant process was easy and paid for most of the testing in their schools. Check out the Sustainable Jersey for Schools "Radon Testing, Education & Mitigation Action" to learn more about radon in schools and what to do about it. 

Applications are accepted until all grant funds have been allocated. Review DEP grant information and apply today! For further information or if you have questions, please call (800) 648-0394.
Free Technical Support on Energy Initiatives
   
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is once again partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to provide trained graduate student fellows to assist municipalities and school districts within NJNG service territory in completing the Sustainable Jersey energy actions. Efforts will be focused on improving building performance through energy efficiency analysis, planning, and upgrades, but may also include renewable energy and other energy-related improvements.  For more information click here.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017, at 11:59pm
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Cape May County 
FieldCarl T. Mitnick Elementary School (Lower Twp)
Charles W. Sandman Consolidated School (Lower Twp)
David C. Douglass Veterans Memorial School (Lower Twp)
Maud H. Abrams Elementary School (Lower Twp)
Morris County
"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a free webinar series for school board members who seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting sustainability.

FUTURE WEBINARS IN THE SERIES: 
April 12   10-11am  Strategic Planning: Incorporating Green Initiatives
May 10   10-11am  Education for Sustainability
June 14  10-11am  Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
RUTGERS MASTER GARDENERS OF MONMOUTH COUNTY SCHOOL GARDEN CONFERENCE
MARCH 24, 2017  8:00AM-2:45PM
Are you interested in learning about school gardens - starting or improving one, or simply taking academics outdoors? The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County School Programs Committee's Third Annual School Garden Conference on March 24th will provide information, demonstrations, resources, support, and guidance, and answer your questions. Everyone is welcome to attend. You do not have to live in Monmouth County. Professional Development Certificate will be provided. For further information, click here.

STUDENT CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE
SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2017 1:00-5:30PM 
High school students are invited to this FREE conference at the Stonybrook Millstone Watershed Association in Pennington, NJ. A variety of workshops will be presented by Princeton University Graduate Students and the Director of the Watershed, including:
Climate Change 101: Myth busting what we know about climate change and how we know it.
Politics & Policy: The current state of climate change politics in the U.S. and the world, and policy options for addressing carbon emissions.
Water: How will the changing climate impact our water resources and what can we do to prepare ourselves?
Technical Solutions for Climate Change: What are the technologies currently available and on the horizon that can help solve the climate problem?
Food & Agriculture: What are the existing and potential future impacts of climate change on food production around the world?
Also, tour a highly energy and water efficient LEED platinum-certified building. Engage with students from other schools.Create an action plan for your school and perhaps win a $500 grant for your project.
Great local food - FREE Pre-registration required: link here.

SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2017
NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month through May
See the complete schedule for dates & locations here.  

DUKE FARMS CLIMATE SCIENCE & SUSTAINABLE ACTIONS ACADEMY
Participating K-12 educators, administrators and non-formal educators will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ's top experts, and develop NGSS/NJSLS-aligned lesson plans that bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students. Click here 
for more details
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.
NJ DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, Podcast series (ongoing)
"Discover DEP" 

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Science Update: Save Bats, Save Tequila             (Posted: 3-22-17)

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NJ Clean Communities News: March 2017             (Posted: 3-22-17)

 

Why wait until Earth Day to help keep New Jersey litter-free?

 

NJCCC is seeking volunteers now for its “Clean Water Challenge,” a fifth-annual event to raise environmental awareness and organize community-based events throughout the state to clean up our waterways.

 

Clean-ups for the Clean Water Challenge are taking place through April 30. Organizers hope to surpass the number of last year’s volunteers, which included more than 1,000 New Jerseyans.

 

Groups and individuals interested in volunteering for this year’s challenge can register by visiting njclean.org.

 

“The Clean Water Challenge is one of our flagship programs; its success is directly tied to the number of volunteers we can recruit across the state,” said Sandy Huber, NJCCC executive director. “If there is a waterway in your town that you think needs help, work with us during the challenge to make it possible.”

 

Each team will name a captain to ensure all volunteers abide by program guidelines and safety rules. Team captains stake the claim to their cleanup locations, getting sign-off from host municipalities and coordinating with other volunteer groups. Captains will receive free bags and gloves from NJCCC, unless municipalities agree to provide supplies using Clean Communities grant funds.

 

Volunteers will be honored for their outstanding service at the annual Clean Communities Awards Dinner on May 25 at Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange.

 

“Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our efforts,” Huber said. “We hope as many volunteers as possible take our challenge, as we work together to keep New Jersey green and litter-free.”

 

Hundreds of Students to Join Environmental Student Exchange

 

One of the first signs of spring is the annual Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange, in which students from across New Jersey come together for one of the early clean-ups of the year.

 

This year, NJCCC will be hosting hundreds of students representing 10 schools in Toms River, on March 23-24. It will likely be their first glimpse of the Jersey Shore in 2017, as the teens clean up sections of Ortley Beach.

 

There will also be a trash hunt and lunch at Cattus Island. NJCCC educators will be on hand to talk with the students about key environmental issue in the state, join in some robust roundtable discussions, and hash out viable solutions to problems that plague our state, such as littering.

 

 “The way to fight litter is by educating our youngest generations,” said NJCCC Executive Director Sandy Huber. “New Jersey is the state that they will inherit, and we want to do everything we can to educate them about ways to be environmentally friendly. Moreover, we want them to return to their communities and share their experiences with others. It is a way we can amplify our message, and another reason why we do the environmental exchange year after year.”

 

Now Accepting Nominations for 2017 Awards

 

It’s time to be honored for all your hard work.

 

NJCCC is accepting nominations for the 2017 Clean Communities Awards, to be presented at the organization’s 14th-annual conference, May 24-25, in West Orange.

 

Each year, the NJCCC honors government agencies, businesses, community organizations, schools, and individuals who have helped make the state clean and litter-free.

 

“We’re pleased to be in Essex County this year and to honor those who have worked so hard in their local communities,” said NJCCC Executive Director Sandy Huber. “Our annual awards are the way in which we extend our sincerest gratitude for such a commitment.”

 

The deadline to submit nominations for the Clean Communities Awards is April 1. Nominations can be submitted on behalf of someone else’s project or your own.  Visit NJClean.org for the award categories.

 

NJCCC is also accepting nominations for its Kids-Teens Awards, which will be presented at the conference on May 24. The deadline to submit nominations for these awards is April 30 but schools should pre-register by April 1 by calling 609-989-5900 or emailing njccc@njclean.org.

 

Kids-Teens Awards are presented to young people (under the age of 18) who have contributed to a clean New Jersey. The program creates awareness among youth about litter-related issues, promotes a cleanliness ethic, and fosters an understanding of the state’s natural beauty and habitats.

 

Learn more at www.njclean.org

 

 

Clean Communities Conference Goes to Essex County May 24-26

 

We are expecting record turnout this year as school children and policy makers from around the state gather in West Orange in May for our annual conference.

 

For three days, May 24-26, the annual Clean Communities Conference is expected to be one of our best conferences!

 

It all begins May 24 with the Kids-Teens Awards at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. On May 25, our seminars are planned, followed up by our reception and awards dinner at McLoone’s Boathouse. On May 26, we have our Breakfast of Champions at Primavera Restaurant at the Willshire Grand Hotel.

 

Registration information and hotel accommodations will be posted at NJClean.org. You don’t want to miss this!

 

NJ Beach Bird Documentarian Wins Prestigious Media Award

 

On March 1, NJCCC joined with the city of Atlantic City to present Martin Fiedler of Just Right TV Productions LLC with The Summit Emerging Media Award (SEMA) for his video-documentary of the NJ Beach Bird campaign. Congrats Martin!?

 

 

Mark your Calendars

 

NOW through April 30, 2017 - Clean Water Challenge

 

March 23 - 24 - Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange, Toms River

 

May 24 - 26 - Clean Communities Conference, Essex County

  • May 24, Kids Teens Awards, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
  • May 25, Clean Communities Seminar, McLoone’s, South Mountain Reservation
  • May 25, Awards Dinner, Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange
  • May 26, Breakfast of Champions, Primavera Restaurant, West Orange

June 13, 22, and 23 - NJCCC/Rutgers OCPE Safety Training

  • June 13, Safety Training Workshop, EcoComplex, Bordentown
  • June 22, Safety Training (Cleanup), Perth Amboy
  • June 23, Safety Training (Cleanup), Cumberland County

 

New Jersey Clean Communities is the state’s only comprehensive litter abatement program, serving New Jersey residents and visitors for over 25 years. New Jersey Clean Communities is home to New Jersey’s Adopt-a-Beach and Adopt-a-Highway programs. The Clean Communities Council is calling on volunteers to help clean New Jersey’s streets and beaches. You can make a huge difference in your community. Learn how at www.njclean.org.

 

Sandy Huber, Executive Director

NJ Clean Communities Council

609-989-5900 • njccc@njclean.org • www.njclean.org 

 

C&NN: Start Your Journey Today             (Posted: 3-22-17)

Click HERE.

Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for March             (Posted: 3-22-17)

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Barnegat Bay Subaqueous Soil Survey Now Available Online             (Posted: 3-16-17)

Rob Tunstead of USDA-NRCS has notified us that the subaqueous soil survey for Barnegat Bay is now available in its entirety on NRCS’s Web Soil Survey (https://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/HomePage.htm).  It's great to see this joint BBP-NRCS funded project being put to good use.

The subaqueous soil maps are a tremendous resource with the potential to help improve the health of the estuary.  They can be utilized for:

-Sub-aquatic vegetation (SAV) restoration; 

-Oyster bed restoration;

-Hard clam restoration;

-Identifying potential acid sulfate soils/dredging activities;

-Determining current sequestered blue carbon in the bay; and

-Aiding in the design living shoreline projects.

Web Soil Survey is NRCS' official information web portal for soils data.  Additionally, the California Soil Resource Lab has produced applications to further enhance a variety of uses of NRCS Soil Survey information.  On their website (https://casoilresource.lawr.ucdavis.edu/soilweb-apps/), they are currently hosting some tools that may interest many of you, some of which can be used even when out working in the field.  (A simple Google search in the field for “Soil Web Apps” will get you to the CA Soil Resource Lab webpage.)

California Soil Resource Lab’s SoilWeb app (https://casoilresource.lawr.ucdavis.edu/gmap/ ) can be used with smartphones and PCs.  Under the menu you can use the “zoom to location” and utilize location services on your device.  You can then click on a desired polygon and get the soil series components within the delineation.  The soil names become interactive; you can click on them to get a near representative picture of a typical soil profile.

California Soil Resource Lab’s SoilWeb Earth app involves downloading and saving a KMZ file for use with Google Earth.  Once again, this app can be used on a smartphone or PC.  You can open Google Earth and open the KMZ file at your saved location, zoom to a desired location of interest, and begin.

BBP staff have started exploring the California Soil Resource Lab’s applications.  There is an incredible amount of available information on a very fine scale, so it is important, especially when using mobile devices, to zoom in to an appropriate scale and give the server time to access and process the soil database.  You’ll be amazed by the information you can access!

As you use these resources, if you find soils information that may be incorrect or potentially needs improvement, please let NRCS know. 

Collecting the soil survey information from the Barnegat Bay represents a tremendous effort.  Rob Tunstead and staff at the NRCS 3-HAM Soil Survey Office and supervisors Debbie Anderson (director at the Raleigh, NC Soil Survey Regional Office, Region 3) and Richard Shaw (State Soil Scientist for NJ) were instrumental in the project.  BBP partners that assisted NRCS soil scientists with the survey include Save Barnegat Bay, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, Stockton University, ReClam the Bay, Rutgers University, US Geological Survey, and US Fish and Wildlife Service.  In addition, twenty-nine volunteers contributed 800 hours to the project!


Thank you Rob, everyone at the NRCS, and the volunteers from so many different organizations who worked to make this happen.

Making certain this information is put to good use is up to all of us, so please share these resources broadly throughout your own organization and via other networks.

Thank you! 

Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College, Building #10
College Drive
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ  08753
Ph:  732-255-0472
Fx:  732-255-0358
bbp.ocean.edu

SJ: March Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 3-16-17)

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Celebrate Spring! Volunteer, Attend a Seminar, Plant a Tree             (Posted: 3-16-17)

"Volunteering with the NJ Tree Foundation has been one of my life's greatest experiences. Where else can you participate in the total transformation of a block of row homes in just three hours?" 

- Anita, Volunteer

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SPRING 2017 NEWSLETTER
 
Volunteer this Spring
Newark, Camden City, and Gloucester City

nullJoin the NJ Tree Foundation and community partners as we reforest Newark, Camden City, and Gloucester City this spring. Volunteers help dig holes, plant trees, and lay mulch.

Planting trees is a fun and rewarding experience for people of all ages! These projects improve the environment and quality of life in urban communities. 


Hire Us in Your Town
State-wide 
 
Hire our Green Streets crew to plant trees, construct rain gardens, prune, mulch or water your existing trees! The Green Streets Crew has over 10 years of experience in urban forestry. 

MaryEllen Lyons of Hackensack's Department of Public Works recently hired our crew in her town. She said, "Your team has done wonderful work! I would, and will recommend them to anyone."

For more information, please contact Lisa Simms at lsimms@njtreefoundation.org

Right Tree, Right Place Seminar
Hopewell, NJ
 
The NJ Tree Foundation is hosting a FREE Right Tree, Right Place seminar in the Mercer County community of Hopewell on March 31st, 2017. Learn the basics of tree planting, NJ One Calls, Emerald Ash Borer, Ash Tree Upcycling, and more.

Who should attend? Mayors, Freeholders, DPW staff, Environmental and Shade Tree Commissions, County officials, and other interested parties. 

Space is limited. Please RSVP by March 24th to Lisa Simms at lsimms@njtreefoundation.org
State Will Celebrate Arbor Day in Camden
The NJ Tree Foundation is proud to be partnering with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Urban and Community Forestry Program and the City of Camden's Office of the Mayor to co-host the state's 2017 Arbor Day event in Camden. This event will commemorate 15 years of tree planting in the City of Camden while also recognizing the forestry accomplishments of cities and towns across the state. Trees will be planted at Camden Day Nursery School in enhanced tree pits designed to absorb stormwater runoff and reduce combined sewer overflows. Arbor Day is April 28th, 2017. 
Plant One Million
Counties of Salem, Burlington, Gloucester, Camden, and Mercer 
 
In six years, Plant One Million partners have reforested the region with 532,000 trees! In 2016, 480 trees were planted in NJ's Plant One Million communities by the NJ Tree Foundation and our partners. Plant One Million is a regional tree planting initiative in southern New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, focused on encouraging individuals and organizations to restore tree canopy by planting and caring for trees. It is the only multi-state million-tree campaign in the nation. 
 
Get involved this spring by volunteering with NJ Tree Foundation and/or registering your newly planted trees at www.plantonemillion.org! Attend the Bartlett Tree Care Update at the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 16!

Businesses: Sponsor a Tree Planting
Do you have a dedicated team that wants to make a difference in a community near you? Sponsoring a tree planting is a great way to make a difference! Learn more about our business sponsorship opportunities here

 

SJ4S: Never Underestimate the Power of A Small Grant             (Posted: 3-16-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
250 Districts     601 Schools     Participating

We've hit another milestone!

40% of all districts & over 600 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program!
Check out our participating schools map

Never Underestimate the Power of a Small Grant
    
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation recently highlighted several Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grant projects on "The Dodge Blog", the foundation's website for stories that inspire and help others to imagine a better New Jersey. Read about the inspiring projects from West Cape May Elementary and C.J Davenport Elementary here.
Free Technical Support on Energy Initiatives
   
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is once again partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to provide a powerful program to assist municipalities and school districts within NJNG service territory in completing the Sustainable Jersey energy actions.   Efforts will be focused on improving building performance through energy efficiency analysis, planning, and upgrades, but may also include renewable energy and other energy-related improvements.  For more information click here.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017, at 11:59pm
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Bergen County 
Englewood Cliffs School District
Fieldstone Middle School (Montvale)
Teaneck Community Charter School
Upper School (Englewood Cliffs)

Camden County
Oaklyn Public School District

Cape May County
Cape May County High School
Lower Township Elementary School District
Ocean Academy (Cape May County)

Morris County
Hanover Park Regional High School District
Mountain Lakes Public School District

"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a free webinar series for school board members who seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification Program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting sustainability.

FUTURE WEBINARS IN THE SERIES: 
April 12   10-11am  Strategic Planning: Incorporating Green Initiatives
May 10   10-11am  Education for Sustainability
June 14  10-11am  Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements
$2,500 Grant Opportunity from Tanger Outlets
Applications Due March 17, 2017
    
Eligibility:
All teachers, guidance counselors, principals, and school employees are invited to complete a grant.
 
Description:
The TangerKIDS Grants Program was designed to satisfy the specific funding needs that schools have, from creating and implementing school-wide programs, to rebuilding equipment or academic materials inventories, to supporting academic clubs, athletic teams or band programs within the schools, as they are expressed by teachers and principals.
Opportunity                       Deadline
Up to $2,500                  March 17, 2017

Apply
Must have the school tax ID number ready
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS


34th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE NEW JERSEY EARTH SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION3
MARCH 18, 2017  8:30AM-2:00PM
Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences
School of Biological & Environmental Sciences Campus, Rutgers University
"Earth's Systems in Our Classrooms" For further information, click here. 

RUTGERS MASTER GARDENERS OF MONMOUTH COUNTY SCHOOL GARDEN CONFERENCE
MARCH 24, 2017  8:00AM-2:45PM
Are you interested in learning about school gardens, starting or improving one, or simply taking academics outdoors? The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County School Programs Committee's Third Annual School Garden Conference on March 24th will provide information, demonstrations, resources, support, and guidance, and answer to your questions.Everyone is welcome to attend. You do not have to live in Monmouth County. Professional Development Certificate will be provided. For further information, click here.

RUTGERS MASTER GARDENERS OF MONMOUTH COUNTY SCHOOL GARDEN CONFERENCE
MARCH 24, 2017  8:00AM-2:45PM
Are you interested in learning about school gardens, starting or improving one, or simply taking academics outdoors? The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County School Programs Committee's Third Annual School Garden Conference on March 24th will provide information, demonstrations, resources, support, and guidance, and answer to your questions.Everyone is welcome to attend. You do not have to live in Monmouth County. Professional Development Certificate will be provided. For further information, click here.

FREE HIGH SCHOOL CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE- Organized by: Princeton Day School students in partnership with Princeton University Energy and Climate Scholars
SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2017 1:00-5:30PM Stonybrook Millstone Watershed Association, Pennington NJ
Attend workshops by Princeton University Graduate Students and the Director of the Watershed, which will include:
Climate Change 101: Mythbusting What we know about climate change & how we know it.
Politics & Policy: The current state of climate change politics in the U.S. and the world, and policy options for addressing carbon emissions.
Water: How will the changing climate impact our water resources and what can we do to prepare ourselves?
Technical Solutions for Climate Change: What are the technologies currently available and on the horizon that can help solve the climate problem?
Food & Agriculture: What are the existing and potential future impacts of climate change on food production around the world?
Tour a highly energy and water efficient LEED platinum certified building. Engage with students from other schools.Create an action plan for your school and perhaps win a $500 grant for your project.
Great local food - FREE Pre-registration required: link here.

SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2017
NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month from November to May
See the complete schedule for dates & locations here.  

DUKE FARMS CLIMATE SCIENCE & SUSTAINABLE ACTIONS ACADEMY
Participating K-12 educators, administrators and non-formal educators will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ's top experts, and develop NGSS/NJSLS-aligned lesson plans that bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students. Click here 
for more details. 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.
NJ DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, Podcast series (ongoing)
"Discover DEP" 

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

 

 

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Eco-Schools USA: Road to the Final Fur             (Posted: 3-8-17)

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Great Places: The Challenges Ahead             (Posted: 3-8-17)

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Children & Nature Research Digest | February 2017             (Posted: 3-8-17)

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March Littoral News             (Posted: 3-8-17)

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Screen SEED: The Untold Story in your Community!             (Posted: 3-2-17)

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SJ This Week: Local Action-Collective Impact, Save the Date for NJ Sustainability Summit             (Posted: 3-2-17)

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Notes from the New Nature Movement for 02/28/2017             (Posted: 3-2-17)

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New Jersey is #15 for LEED in the US + More             (Posted: 3-1-17)

   

NEW JERSEY is #15 for LEED in the US!

From USGBC: In late January, USGBC released the annual Top 10 States for LEED rankings, spotlighting U.S. states leading the way for sustainable transformation of the places where we live, learn, work and play through LEED. But given how close the rankings were this past year, we didn’t think it was enough to only showcase the first 10 states on our list.

These five states didn’t make the official cut, but are nonetheless driving change by engaging business, nonprofit and government stakeholders to make a demonstrable impact on their residents’ quality of life:

#15: New Jersey

New Jersey rounds out the top 15 states on the list with 10.62 million certified square feet, equal to 1.21 GSF of LEED space per capita. Of the 82 commercial projects certified in 2016, four were certified to the Platinum level, 18 to Gold, 31 to Silver and 29 to LEED-certified. Worth noting are that seven projects are tied to the manufacturing sector, five to education (including both higher education institutions and K–12 facilities), and seven were multifamily/residential projects (under BD+C).

Of the states highlighted in this honorable mention list, New Jersey has by far enacted the most policies at the state and city levels to support green building. Jersey City, which saw eight projects certified in 2016, has two city ordinances that promote green building. Ordinance 09-001 requires all new construction and renovations of public buildings to achieve LEED Silver certification and the EPA’s Energy Star Building Label, and Ordinance 09-002 grants a partial refund of building permit and lands development application fees for new construction and commercial building renovation projects.

Of the state-level policies, Chapter 296 is notable for requiring any new state building over 15,000 square feet to be designed to meet the standards of a “high-performance building”—defined in part as a building that receives at least a LEED Silver certification.  See more from USGBC on the top states for LEED HERE.


ALSO OF INTEREST


March 10 Redevelopment Forum:
New Jersey Future's Redevelopment Forum is a daylong conference that brings together more than 500 municipal and state leaders and leading professionals in planning, development, law, transportation, architecture, construction, environmental conservation and historic preservation to share best practices and lessons learned. Register Now! Questions: contact Marianne Jann at 609-393-0008, ext. 101.





April 22 (Earth Day) Sustainability Night at Red Bull Stadium


https://usgbcnj.org

Raritan Headwaters Newsletter: It's March already?             (Posted: 3-1-17)

March 2017
Membership Meeting This Thursday!
     
Time is running out and space is limited, so sign up today for RHA's March 2 Membership Meeting.
Not a member? Join us in our mission to protect the water you rely on.
We're Still in a Drought
 
According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, we remain in a moderate drought. Three months of near-normal precipitation doesn't erase a drought that's nearly two years old. Stream flows are still extremely low and the NJDEP's drinking water supply status for our region remains at "Warning." 
 
RHA continues to monitor conditions in our watershed and will provide periodic updates. Please use water wisely and conserve wherever possible.

Well Testing Numbers Are Growing
 
We are excited to see an ever increasing number of residents testing their drinking water and more towns participating in the Community Well Testing program this spring!

Find out which towns have scheduled their testing dates, and watch for pick up and drop off updates. 
 

Something for Everyone during Earth Week
           
Drop by Fairview Farm on April 15 for a native plant sale, 11am-3pm.
Volunteer at RHA's annual Stream Cleanup on Saturday, April 22. Free t-shirt if you register by March 3. Sign up now!
Party with us at RHA's Boots & Bar-B-Q Earth Day fundraiser the evening of April 22. Buy tickets!
Nature Day Camps Are Filling Fast
           
Another summer of adventure awaits children aged 3 to 16. See this year's camp offerings and sign up today!
Make a Difference!
 
RHA is seeking citizen scientists for our stream monitoring program. We will train new volunteers to collect biological and visual data on April 29, 9am-3pm at Fairview Farm. Space is limited, so register now!
 
Experienced stream monitors can sign up for our April 30 refresher training.

How to Become a River-Friendly Resident
           
It's easy! Simply fill out a survey, which outlines actions you can take at home to protect clean water and the environment, including water conservation, "greening" your lawn and garden, and protecting wildlife habitat.
On the Watchdog Front

Watershed Watchdog
RHA joined a standing-room only crowd at a recent Bernardsville Borough council meeting to encourage officials to adopt an aquifer testing ordinance. By the end of the night, the council agreed to move the ordinance forward for review by the Planning Board and hopefully add Bernardsville to the list of towns in our region with laws that protect residents who rely on wells.

  
Did You Know?

Groundwater Awareness Week Is March 5-11
 
RHA's Well Testing Program Manager Mara Tippett will host Let's Learn About Groundwater, March 8, 6:30-8:00pm at Hoffman's Crossing Campus, Califon.
 
Somerset Country Health Dept. will have information available during National Groundwater Awareness Week at their Administration Bldg. (20 Grove St.) and Human Services Bldg. (27 Warren St.) in Somerville. 
Events & Happenings

Raritan Headwaters, a nonprofit conservation organization, protects clean water in the North Branch and South Branch regions of the Raritan River, serving the residents of 38 municipalities within Morris, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties and beyond to include more than 1.5 million people who live and work in New Jersey's more urban areas.

Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!             (Posted: 3-1-17)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program
Water Pages eNewsletter
Water Resources Program Interns join the Peace Corps!
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program strives to encourage our student interns to be successful and overcome challenges we face in protecting water resources in New Jersey. For the first time in our intern history, two interns have been accepted into the Peace Corps, "a service opportunity for motivated change-makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation." The RCE Water Resources Program staff wish the best of luck to both Adam Cucchiara and Cherish Wanter on their future journeys! We are excited to see how this opportunity challenges them and the impact they will make in Peru and Senegal!

Adam will be departing for Lima, Peru on April 17th to join the Peace Corps for a 27 month commitment. Adam will be working in their Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program as their water engineer and educator for Lima and surrounding neighborhoods. Adam has taken this opportunity to expand his knowledge in water management and how other regions around the world deal with water resources issues. His hope is to specialize in water management as a future landscape architect and incorporate culturally influenced perspectives into his future work. Adam's decision to take this leap in life to help communities stems from his personal growth goals before settling for a career in landscape architect. Adam looks forward to his two year commitment in Peru and looks forward to sharing his experiences with the RCE Water Resources Program.

Cherish will be departing for Senegal in August to join the Peace Corps. A disproportionate percentage of the human population resides in environments that pose health risks and have limited educational opportunities. From her personal experience in living in the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana for the first eleven years of her life, Cherish suffered from various ailments because her family lived in a community without basic sanitation. They used ruffled paper as toilet paper and a nearby landfill as a public bathroom and means of garbage disposal. During rain events, the stormwater runoff carried these pollutants downstream, flooding and filling homes with fecal matter and garbage. In her aim to uphold Billy Graham's statement, "God has given us two hands - one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoardings; we are channels made for giving," Cherish will utilize her tools and skillsets she's acquired as an undergraduate and the opportunities offered by the Peace Corps to work alongside global leaders. As a Peace Corps Agroforestry agent in Senegal, Cherish will be working with local community leaders to improve the agricultural techniques being used in the community and introduce new techniques that will emphasize sustainable agricultural methods to enhance soil resilience and increase crop yield. Although she recognizes the difficulties associated with serving aboard, Cherish is looking forward to embracing this next chapter of her life.
Municipal Action Teams are Moving Green Infrastructure into Action Across the State

Municipal action teams have been formed in combined sewer system communities to foster community engagement and serve to advocate for green infrastructure. Green infrastructure is one method to reduce the negative impacts associated with combined sewer systems. Municipal action teams are established to bring together local governments, utility authorities, residents, and community organizations to develop a community-based green infrastructure initiative. The goal of these teams is to foster collaboration and collective action that helps the municipality speak with a common voice and achieve a common goal while advocating for green infrastructure. Detailed below is an update on the various municipal action teams across the state.  

Camden: Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) partners have been making plans to convene an Environmental Summit with other Camden Community Collaborative partners.  Look for upcoming notices about the event to be held in June 2017.  This past year has seen the installation of nine new green infrastructure projects.  These projects will be planted and completed this spring and were funded through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust.  Other programs to begin this year include a rain barrel distribution effort for Camden residents and the installation of signage in and around the many green infrastructure projects completed throughout the city over the past six years.   Camden SMART partners recently met on Tuesday, February 14th and meet monthly at the offices of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA).  For more information about Camden SMART, please visit www.camdensmart.com.    

Gloucester City:  The Gloucester City Green Infrastructure Team has been meeting along with the Green Team and the Supplemental CSO Team.  Participants are working to communicate green infrastructure and CSO planning efforts with residents and businesses.  The members prepared an informational brochure that will be mailed to all residents along with their quarterly sewer bill.  Presentations to local boards and committees are being scheduled, and a display is planned for Gloucester City Day in June 2017. The team members last met on February 8th at Gloucester City Hall and will be meeting again in early March.
 
Jersey City: The Jersey City Green Infrastructure Team is reconvening meetings in an effort to highlight the 2017 Year of Water. Participants are working to elevate the last year of planning and designing to be in a position to implement several green infrastructure projects across the city. Partners are also working on elevating community awareness on water and water resources issues through programming and press releases. A resiliency master plan has been drafted, which includes green infrastructure and will be made available for comments at a public hearing to be held on March 23rd. The team members last met on February 20th at the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority and will be meeting monthly on the 4th Thursday of each month. For more information on the 2017 Year of Water, please visit www.innovatejerseycity.org/year-of-water/

Newark: Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) members are working towards implementation of 11 green infrastructure projects of various scales and with multiple partners in 2017 and 2018. DIG is also actively working with the City of Newark to understand the stormwater utility fee feasibility study. These efforts will help elevate resident concerns during the development of this study as well as identifying opportunities for green infrastructure to be considered as part of an incentive program. Newark DIG has been awarded a grant from the Victoria Foundation to continue outreach to local residents regarding the stormwater utility fee feasibility study and to educate residents on the benefits of green infrastructure. DIG will be presenting at the March 17th Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally and is looking forward to additional events throughout the year including a Quality of Life Summit. Newark DIG recently met on Tuesday, January 24th and regularly meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at Newark City Hall.  For more information about Newark DIG, please visit www.NewarkDIG.org.

Paterson: Paterson SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) partners are designing green infrastructure demonstration project sites and looking to begin construction in spring 2017.  Projects include cisterns at community gardens, rain gardens, depaving, tree plantings at schools, and adding parking lot bioretention islands at parks.  The group is participating in the Supplemental CSO Team in support of the Long Term Control Plan development.  Members of the team are working to schedule a presentation to the City Council and will be participating in the Paterson Falls Earth Day Youth Program in April. The partners recently met on February 22nd at City Hall and regularly meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. For more information about Paterson SMART, please visit www.PatersonSMART.org.   

Perth Amboy: Perth Amboy SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) partners are working together to design and implement a green infrastructure project at Washington Park and two porous asphalt opportunities on municipal lots. Partners are planning and developing public outreach workshops to engage local residents and the community about the benefits of green infrastructure to address the flooding issues in the area. SWIM members are also working on establishing Earth Day with the city. Activates are being planned to celebrate Earth Day activities beginning on April 17th. The partners recently met on February 16th and meet regularly on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Trenton:  The Trenton Green Infrastructure Partners began meeting in August 2016.  The partners have been working to identify and prioritize green infrastructure opportunities throughout the City of Trenton and align these opportunities with City initiatives.  Current participants are reaching out to others working in Trenton to increase participation and are working to coordinate efforts with the City and its many civic organizations.  The final draft of the Trenton 250 Master Plan has identified green infrastructure programs as a priority for the community, and partners are very excited to learn how to assist in implementing this action in collaboration with city leaders.  The partners recently met on February 21st at the Isles Youth Institute and Center for Energy and Environmental Training facility on Tucker Street and will be meeting again in late April or early May.
  
Technical assistance provided to these municipal action teams by the RCE Water Resources Program is funded in part by the Surdna Foundation with support from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and our local partners. For more information about the RCE Water Resources Program’s New Jersey Technical Assistance Program for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) communities please click here.   

Upcoming Events and Conferences
Complying with New Jersey Stormwater Regulations Workshop on March 6, 2017
The RCE Water Resources Program will be hosting Complying with New Jersey Stormwater Regulations on March 6th with a registration fee of $15 per person. This two-hour workshop is sponsored by the William Penn Foundation and hosted by the Lopatcong Creek Initiative and Phillipsburg Township. The program will highlight steps to guide you and your municipality to ensure that new development is in compliance with the New Jersey stormwater management regulations. We will also focus on the importance and benefits of inventorying your municipality's stormwater infrastructure while complying with the state's municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits. 

This workshop will be held at the Phillipsburg Library's Community Room, located at 200 Broubalow Way, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Registration will begin at 5:30 PM. Registration is $15.00 per person, but free registration is being offered to ANJEC and Trout Unlimited members! To register, please click here.

Questions or concerns, please contact Hollie DiMuro at dimuro@envsci.rutgers.edu or call 848-932-6728.
Municipal Stormwater NJDEP General Permit Public Hearing
Earlier this month, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued a draft renewal of the Municipal Stormwater General Permits. A public hearing has been scheduled for March 22nd. Comments on the draft permit are due to NJDEP by April 3rd. For more information, please click here. 
Right Tree in the Right Place, the Right Way Workshop
The New Jersey Tree Foundation and Public Service Electric & Gas are offering a FREE seminar on planting the Right Tree in the Right Place, the Right Way on Friday, March 31st at the Hopewell Municipal Complex (201 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ) from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Topics include: Emerald Ash Borer, planting the right tree in the right place, the importance of utility mark-outs prior to planting, vegetation management policies to ensure safe and reliable delivery of electric service, and Hopewell Valley Arts Council ash tree re-use. The program encourages mayors, freeholders, DPW supervisors, environmental and shade tree commissioners, county officials, and other interested parties to attend. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Lisa Simms by March 24th.
RCE Water Resources Program | New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | M-F 8:30 - 4:30pm

Science Update: Turtles on Ice             (Posted: 3-1-17)

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Winter 2017 Issue of Conservationist for Kids Now Online             (Posted: 3-1-17)

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The Time is NOW to Start Planning your Certification and Recertification             (Posted: 2-17-17)

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Green Knight Newsletter - February 2017             (Posted: 2-17-17)

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River-Friendly Reflections             (Posted: 2-10-17)

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CWF: February E-News 2017             (Posted: 2-10-17)

OSPREYS CONTINUE REMARKABLE 
SUCCESS IN NEW JERSEY 
Six week-old ospreys sit in a nest while an adult watches from above. 
Sedge Island Wildlife Management Area. July 2016. Photo by Eric Sambol.
Over the past decade, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey has conducted annual nesting surveys for ospreys while working in close partnership with New Jersey's Endangered and Nongame Species Program. These surveys, performed each summer during the peak of their nesting season, cover around 80% of the known population. Results from these surveys help guide conservation efforts to keep the population at a sustainable level. The annual surveys would not be possible without the dedication of our volunteer osprey banders and citizen scientists who monitor nests and report nesting activity online at www.osprey-watch.org. In 2017, the first statewide annual census will be conducted to help get a more accurate estimate of the size and health of the entire population.

Our findings from the past year reveal a total of 515 active nests were documented. A total of 670 young were produced from 376 known-outcome nests, and 361 young were banded by volunteers and staff with USGS leg bands for future tracking. The majority of nests are along the Atlantic Coast, while the most productive nests are located along the Delaware Bayshore. 

Check out the 2016 New Jersey Osprey Project Report for in-depth details about the season.
 
CWF BIOLOGISTS TRAVEL TO BRAZIL TO STUDY RED KNOTS
FOCUS ON THE LARGEST SHOREBIRD POPULATION IN HEMISPHERE
CWF's Shorebird Project Team is at the largest mangrove forest in the world on the Brazilian coastline near the mouth of the Amazon River. The forest extends out into the Atlantic Ocean in long peninsulas tipped by wind swept and mostly inaccessible beaches. The forest, beaches and their long intertidal mud and sandy low tide flats support the largest wintering population of shorebirds in the hemisphere, perhaps the world. The red knot, a listed species in both North and South America, also uses this remote tropical coast. The team will be in the field for the next month surveying the shorebirds and studying their wintering grounds. 

Photo courtesy of Mark Peck.

RARE WILDLIFE REVEALED 
Pine Barrens Tree Frog by James Fiorentino
WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE JAMES FIORENTINO TRAVELING ART EXHIBITION?
Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition is currently at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey. The exhibit will be displayed here until February 28. 

 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
NEW JERSEY'S "FISH HAWK": THE AMAZING OSPREY
Photo courtesy of Northside Jim.

Did you know that in 1974 only 50 osprey nests were left in New Jersey? Today, ospreys are a common sight along the New Jersey shore during the summer. Join us to learn about the life history of ospreys, current monitoring techniques, and their amazing comeback. CWF Habitat Program Manager Ben Wurst will share his experience from working to managing this amazing species over the past 10+ years.

Ben will present at the Upper Branch of Cape May County Library on Thursday, February 9 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
Golden winged warbler
CALLING ALL FOREST LANDOWNERS IN NORTH JERSEY
There will be a workshop on planning and financial assistance opportunities for forest landowners on Wednesday, February 15 at the Sussex County Library Main Branch from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Learn about managing your forestland to create critical habitat for a variety of wildlife species that are currently in decline, and learn technical and financial assistance available to help create young forest habitat on your property.

Contact Kelly Triece for more information or to register for the workshop at 908-852-2576 ext 7524 or kelly.triece@nj.usda.gov.
FIELD EXPERIENCES FOR CHILDREN
KIDS SUMMER PROGRAMS
CWF is proud to offer three week-long learning experiences for children throughout the Garden State for summer 2017.
Learn more about our summer programs below and sign up today!
 
BOY & GIRL SCOUT PROGRAMS
CWF's Scout Programs offers a variety of outdoor educational and recreational field experiences to help New Jersey's Scouts earn their badges while exploring the wonderful diversity of our state's wildlife and the habitats they live, breed and migrate through. CWF is dedicated to helping kids become stewards of our environment to ensure that we are "Keeping Wildlife in our Future."
Learn more about how to get your Scouts involved and sign up today!

NAAEE: Environmental Education Research Bulletin             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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Great Places: Core Principles for a Time of Change             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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Children & Nature Research Digest | January 2017             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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Combat News Fatigue With Winter Gardening!             (Posted: 2-8-17)

I. Prune Your Deciduous Trees and Vines

Effective approaches to pruning trees, vines, and shrubs vary quite widely. There is by no means a “correct” way to prune. And yet, there are some principles of plant growth that help the person with the pruning shears, loppers or saw in hand decide which decisions to make based on acute observation of the tree or vine’s growth. Read our full guide to pruning deciduous tree and vines here.

II. Cover Bare Soil with Mulch!

Mulching is an excellent way to build organic matter in the soil, prevent erosion, prevent weeds from growing, and retain moisture in the ground by preventing evaporation. Ideally, use old straw bales and wood chips, leaves and plant material from the garden as mulch.  Mulching with plant material from the garden is fine too, as long as there are no weed seeds in the mulch. For more mulching tips, check out this video, download or purchase a hard copy of Edible Gardening: 10 Essential Practices for Growing Your Own Food.

III. Plan Next Summer’s Garden

There is something incredibly comforting about sitting inside on a cold rainy (or snowy!) day, looking at beautiful images of vegetables that can only be grown in the opposite season, dreaming about what will grow in the garden next year. See our seed selection suggestions and favorite seed resources here.

Read our founder Benjamin Eichorn's recent article in Bay Nature Magazine entitled, "What Honey Bees Have Taught Me About Xenophobia."
"The American democratic experiment and the survival of the planet may depend on overcoming our fear of foreigners." 
Winter is citrus season! Check out the "Citrus Family Tree" from National Geographic. What's your favorite citrus fruit? Can you trace it back to its ancestors?
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February Littoral News             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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Raritan Headwaters: Think Spring!             (Posted: 2-1-17)

February 2017
Listen Up: Member Meeting March 2nd
     
RHA's annual member meeting will be held at the Oldwick Firehouse. Join us for dinner, a "watershed watchdog" update by Policy Director Bill Kibler and a presentation of awards to outstanding volunteers.
Invitations will be sent out in early February. If you're not a member, please consider joining the individuals and families who support RHA's mission to protect the water you rely on.
NJ Land Conservation Rally Set for March 17
 
RHA's Education Director Lauren Theis and Science Director Dr. Kristi MacDonald will lead workshops at the 21st annual New Jersey Land Conservation Rally in New Brunswick. Join us at this statewide conservation event offering education, networking, training and more!
 

Spring Community Well Testing Kicks Off
 
Find out what's in your water! We're pleased to welcome Washington Twp and Chester to our growing list of Community Well Test partners!
 
Visit our Spring schedule to see where and when you can pick up a test kit. Check back often as some participating municipalities have not yet announced their sale and drop-off dates.


Spend Earth Day with RHA!
           
Join our annual Stream Cleanup on Saturday, April 22, at a site near you!  Last year, 1,350 volunteers removed 14 tons of trash from our waterways. Registration is now open, so sign up today!
Watch for news of our Boots & Bar-B-Q Earth Day Party on the evening of April 22.
Nature Day Camp -- Registration Is Now Open
           
It might be winter, but we're thinking summer! Our popular nature day camps offer fun for children of all ages. The camps fill up fast, so register today!
Dip into Our Stream Data
 
We've updated the interactive stream monitoring map on our website with data from all of our 62 sites, including photos and a summary on the health of our streams over time. 
 

Calling All Scouts!
           
Girl and boy scouts have completed Gold Award and Eagle Level projects at our Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve and other RHA preserves.
RHA welcomes individual scouts and troops to work on a variety of rewarding projects, including our "Adopt a Trail" program.
Interested? Email George Schaberg or call him at 908-234-1852, ext. 328.
On the Watchdog Front

RHA Executive Director Cindy Ehrenclou introduced former NJ Governor Jim Florio at the Green in '17 launch in Trenton.
As a member of the Green in '17 coalition, RHA Policy Director Bill Kibler drafted a Clean Drinking Water position paper and others that will be provided to candidates for governor and the legislature during the 2017 campaign. The Green in '17 campaign is raising awareness about issues affecting environmental protection in the Garden State.
  
Did You Know?

140 species of bird have been identified at Fairview Farm.
 
Birders who frequent Fairview Farm have created a hotspot on eBird. Visit this site and you'll find we have an abundance of Eastern Bluebirds and Broad-winged Hawks, while sightings of other birds, like the American Kestrel and Bald Eagle, are more rare.
 
Events & Happenings

February 13, 20 & 27: Birding Walks at Fairview Farm with Naturalist Alan Rennie



March 9:  Woodcock Watch
 

  
April 22: Boots & Bar-B-Q Earth Day Party. Details to be announced soon!


The banner in this issue is a painting by local artist Daryl Hastings titled, "Morning at the Gorge."
Raritan Headwaters, a nonprofit conservation organization, protects clean water in the North Branch and South Branch regions of the Raritan River, serving the residents of 38 municipalities within Morris, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties and beyond to include more than 1.5 million people who live and work in New Jersey's more urban areas.

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