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Study Finds Birds Change Landlords by the Season
National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads Program Announce 2015 Mini-Grant Recipients
January Sustainability Hero Announced
Christie Administration Launches Program to Improve Surface Water Quality in Urbanized Areas
Students at marine sciences school get turtle protection bill introduced in Legislature
The new climate denialism: More carbon dioxide is a good thing
Christie Administration Recognizes New Jersey Environmental Leaders at 15th Annual Awards Ceremony at State Museum
Want a New Year's Resolution You're Sure to Stick With?
The Science of Awe
School ed. - anti-idling
Mercer County to introduce new nature center
New Jersey Adopts Next Generation Science Standards
|Study Finds Birds Change Landlords by the Season
|National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads Program Announce 2015 Mini-Grant Recipients
|January Sustainability Hero Announced
|Christie Administration Launches Program to Improve Surface Water Quality in Urbanized Areas
CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO IMPROVE SURFACE WATER QUALITY IN URBANIZED AREAS
NEW PERMIT SYSTEM REQUIRES LONG-TERM COMBINED SEWER DISCHARGE REDUCTION PLANS AND ENHANCED PUBLIC OUTREACH
(15/P3) TRENTON – The Christie Administration is taking steps to improve water quality in urban areas by requiring sewerage system operators to reduce a type of pollution to waterways known as combined sewer discharges, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.
The new permits require operators, including municipalities and regional sewer authorities, to develop long-term control strategies, including gray infrastructure projects, such as holding tanks or lagoons, to store stormwater for later release, and green infrastructure projects, such as rain gardens and green roofs, to capture stormwater. Financing is available to help design strategies.
Municipalities and system operators also must implement enhanced public notification strategies, including providing real-time information on potential discharges into rivers and other waterways.
These permit holders already are required to maintain control technologies at outfalls to collect solids and trash, to prevent that material from entering waterways.
Most CSO discharge points are in the New York-New Jersey Harbor region. Combined sewer systems are shared underground piping networks that direct both sewage and stormwater to a central treatment system before discharge into a water body. During heavy rainfall or significant snowmelt, the systems overflow, causing discharges of mixed sewage and stormwater.
To improve public awareness, permit holders are required to post identification signs at discharge points stating there may be sewage overflows during and following wet weather, with the possibility that contact with the water may cause illness. The permit holders must also provide leaflets, fliers and signs at areas dependent on waterways, such as marinas, docks, and fishing piers, as well as set up telephones hotline or websites to provide real-time discharge information.
These discharges often contain high levels of total suspended solids, pathogens, nutrients, oxygen-demanding organic compounds, oil, grease, and other pollutants that impair water quality and the recreational use and enjoyment of urban waterways.
The DEP, in partnership with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 and New Jersey Future, will sponsor a workshop for permit holders, municipal officials and community organization on Thursday, January 8. For information and directions, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/dwq/cso20150108.htm
The workshop will provide details on the long-term control plan permits and offer examples of collaborative integrated planning that have already taken place in New Jersey and across the country.
The DEP is encouraging multi-agency collaboration in efforts to deal with CSOs and is providing $500,000 in principal forgiveness loans through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust for the development of regional integrated plans. The permits allow up to five years for the plans to be completed.
This approach gives communities an opportunity to establish their priorities, spread costs over time and integrate planning with other community improvement goals, such as green space development, flood prevention, traffic mitigation, and property value enhancement.
For information from EPA, visit:
|Students at marine sciences school get turtle protection bill introduced in Legislature
|The new climate denialism: More carbon dioxide is a good thing
|Christie Administration Recognizes New Jersey Environmental Leaders at 15th Annual Awards Ceremony at State Museum
|Want a New Year's Resolution You're Sure to Stick With?
Sign up for Rutgers Environmental Steward training
Are you looking for a New Year’s resolution that you’re likely to stick with, once you embark on the journey? How about a way to give something back to your community in a way that’s meaningful and guaranteed to get you out and about?
Consider joining the 2015 class of the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program, which helps non-scientists to become citizen-scientists. Classes begin the first week in January in Atlantic, Warren, and Somerset counties, and typically run through May.
An innovative partnership between Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Duke Farms Foundation, the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program teaches participants about land and water stewardship, best management practices, environmental public advocacy, and leadership.
The curriculum is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the New Jersey. Academics are joined by colleagues from government and the non-profit sector to share understanding and insights with the students.
“Students don’t only receive facts, but also are introduced to a network of expert individuals and organizations who can be of service to them in the future as they wrestle with solving local environmental problems,” said Bruce Barbour, agricultural and resource management agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the program’s originator.
“This can be among the most meaningful six months in your life,” adds Barbour, who has led the program for years and well worth the $250 fee.
In order to serve the entire state, training is offered in regional locations and recruitment has begun in earnest for the Class of 2015. Questions about registration or schedules should be directed to the coordinator of the region in which you expect to attend classes.
Training Location: RCE of Warren County, 165 Rt 519 South, Belvidere, NJ 07823
Training Location:Preakness Healthcare Center, 305 Oldham Rd., Wayne, NJ 07470
Training Location: Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
Training Location: Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, Davidson Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., North Brunswick, NJ 08902 (please note we are geographically located in South Brunswick)
Training Location: Atlantic County Utility Authority, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp NJ
More information including application forms and the current schedule for lectures can be found on the web at envirostewards.rutgers.edu .
|The Science of Awe
|School ed. - anti-idling
|Mercer County to introduce new nature center
|New Jersey Adopts Next Generation Science Standards
The State Board of Education voted to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards on July 9, 2014. There will be a two year implementation period. Science curriculum for grades 6-12 will need to be revised by September 2016 and the K-5 science curriculum by September 2017. Due to the incorporation of science practices in our standards in 2009, New Jersey science educators are better positioned than most. We are better positioned, but we have significant work to do in order to make the shifts necessary for our students to meet the demands of the NGSS. In an effort the provide as much assistance as possible, the Office of STEM has a significant catalog of resources that have been selected to help districts, schools and teachers make the transition.
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