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Air Quality Awareness Week, May 2 - 6, 2016
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Honorees Announced
12 Ways NJ Kids Can Help Save the Earth
Baltimore student takes on gov't, saves town from more pollution
These Young Leaders Are Shattering the Age & Color Lines of the Mainstream Green Movement
Hackensack Riverkeeper Launches 2016 Eco-Program Season
Reversing the fear of the outdoors in N.J.
Fairfax joins other large school systems in environmental alliance
Help Celebrate the National Wildlife Federation's 80th Birthday!
German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too
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|Air Quality Awareness Week, May 2 - 6, 2016
May 2 - 6, 2016 is Air Quality Awareness Week
10-Year Anniversary – Show How You Care About the Air
This year is Air Quality Awareness Week’s 10-year anniversary! Governor Chris Christie has proclaimed May 2 - 6, 2016 to be Air Quality Awareness Week in New Jersey. During Air Quality Awareness Week, people are encouraged to learn about air quality and change everyday routines, especially when air quality is unhealthy. Some simple changes include combining automobile trips, not idling your car, keeping your car’s maintenance up-to-date, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, and checking the Air Quality Index (AQI) before heading outside.
New Jersey’s air quality has improved greatly as a result of better pollution controls on cars, trucks, and power plants. Also, consumer products now contain less volatile organic substances. New Jersey has achieved the national standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for fine particulate matter, but is still above the standard set for ozone air pollution (smog), as much of our ozone problem comes from pollution blown in from out of state. Air Quality Awareness Week is timed to the beginning of the ozone season. New Jersey has made significant progress in improving its air quality in the past 10 years, but more work is still needed as the federal ozone standard was just strengthened in 2015.
Take these actions to reduce your exposure to ozone and improve air quality:
For more New Jersey air quality facts, suggested actions for Air Quality Awareness Week, and New Jersey rules and programs, visit www.cleanair.nj.gov, New Jersey’s website to educate the public about ground-level ozone in New Jersey. You can follow this effort on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NJDEP-Air-Quality-Energy-and-Sustainability-811744782277426/.
Get the daily air quality forecast. Sign up for EnviroFlash, (www.enviroflash.info), a free online alert system, that delivers air quality information straight to your email inbox or cell phone. Check the Air Quality Index (AQI) for your local air quality. This helps you decide when to limit or avoid over-exertion on bad air days. If the air is unhealthy, limit physical exertion outdoors and change the time of day of strenuous outdoor activity to early morning or late evening.
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|Hackensack Riverkeeper Launches 2016 Eco-Program Season
Hackensack Riverkeeper Launches 2016 Eco-Program Season
40 Open Eco-Cruises, 11 River Cleanups, 9 Full Moon paddles – and more!
Hackensack Riverkeeper is pleased to announce its 2016 Eco-Program schedule. The clean water advocacy group is poised to provide thousands of people with an enjoyable & educational experience of the river, its watershed and wildlife. Riverkeeper’s Eco-Cruises, Guided Paddles, boat rentals, River Cleanups, Bird-Walks and indoor presentations combine environmental education with public service and fun. The new season begins Earth Day Weekend (April 23-24) with the re-opening of the organization’s Paddling Center at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus and Overpeck Park Kayak Center in Teaneck. The Eco-Program season runs through the end of October.
“It’s coming up past and we’re very much looking forward to our upcoming outdoor season,” said Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. “During each of the past two years we brought more than ten thousand people to the water and the water’s edge and weather permitting we’ll reach that magic five-figure mark once again. Any way you look at it, the river awaits”
Hackensack Riverkeeper offers a series of eight distinct Eco-Program opportunities:
Eco-Cruises This is Hackensack Riverkeeper’s signature environmental education program.
Forty Open Eco-Cruises are scheduled from May 1 through October 15 aboard the 30-foot research vessels Geraldine Theresa and Robert H. Boyle II, which joined the fleet just last year. Open trips are great for individuals, couples and families and can be had for a program donation of $25-$30 per person for adults / $10 for kids 4-12. Three distinct Eco-Cruise itineraries are offered: Meadowlands Discovery, which explores the wetlands & creeks of the river’s estuary; Boating through Bergen, which runs upriver to the center of Hackensack and the museum ship USS Ling; and Excursion Around the Bay, a maritime history tour to Staten Island and back past the port facilities of Newark and Elizabeth. Open trips are not available for group charters.
Charter Eco-Cruises can be arranged for groups of up to 28 adults for any available date/time May 2 through October 31. Hackensack Riverkeeper asks a donation of $325 per boat for Adult Charter Eco-Cruises and $275 for Youth Charters. Half-day Combo Programs are also available for youth groups of up to 34 persons for a donation of $350. Those interested can call Program Director Captain Hugh Carola at 201-968-0808 x102 for more info or to book a trip.
Passaic River Eco-Cruises are conducted in partnership with the City of Newark from Riverbank Park, located on Raymond Boulevard in the city’s Ironbound section. Eight spring and summer dates have been chosen for these unique tours, which include both waterfront excursions and trips up the Newark and Elizabeth Shipping Channels off Newark Bay. Those looking to participate in Passaic Eco-Cruises should visit www.newarkriverfront.org or contact Newark Riverfront Revival at 201-241-8311, 973-733-5868, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paddling Center at Laurel Hill Park Located on the river at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ the Center is open weekends Saturday, April 23 through Sunday, October 30 weather permitting. It offers the use of canoes & kayaks for a donation of $25 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to four hours for independent exploration. Eleven scheduled Guided Paddles will be conducted by Center staff including nine popular Full (and near-full) Moon paddles. Program donation: $30 per paddler / $15 per paddler for those their own boat(s). Private Group Paddle tours can be arranged by calling Capt. Hugh at 201-968-0808 x102 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Overpeck Park Kayak (and Canoe) Center 2015 marks the fourth year of operation for this popular Bergen County venue. From April 23 through October 30, the Center will be open Wednesday-Friday from noon to sunset; and weekends from 9AM to 6PM. Unlike the tidal waters of the Hackensack River, the impounded waters of Overpeck Creek are generally calm and easy for novice paddlers and families with children to handle. Program donation: only $15 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to two hours; $10 per paddler for each additional hour. Children canoe passengers ride as our guests.
River Cleanups These active conservation events give people of all ages the opportunity to give back to the environment and their communities. River Cleanups are scheduled at eleven different waterside locations within the Hackensack River Watershed from April 23 through November 6. Riverkeeper provides cleanup tools and supplies as well as refreshments for all volunteers. All they ask is that everyone pitch in and help rid local waterways of litter and other debris. For more information about River Cleanups including group participation and the organization’s Corporate River Stewardship Program, call Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator Caitlin Doran at 201-968-0808 x105 or e-mail her at Outreach@HackensackRiverkeeper.org.
Bird-Walks For groups interested in birding and nature study, Captain Hugh Carola is available to lead Bird-Walks or hawk watches at local birding hotspots within the Hackensack River Watershed region. For more information, including itinerary options, call him at 201-968-0808 x102. Costs: $150-$200 depending on location and duration of trip. For up to 12 people.
Indoor Presentations Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola can conduct multimedia presentations for groups of any size or age range. They have a wealth of materials including PowerPoint slideshows and video screenings that are appropriate for all age groups. Presenters will be sure to bring informational literature for all attendees. Costs: $150 - $200 if presented within the Bergen, Hudson, southern Rockland, eastern Passaic or greater Newark areas; $200 - $300 if presented further afield. Call 201-968-0808 for more information.
“All of us at Hackensack Riverkeeper are getting pretty antsy waiting for the new season to start,” said Program Director Captain Hugh Carola. “When it finally does folks can do, learn, work out, or just sit back and let the boat and their captain do all the work. Whichever you prefer, we know that you’ll go home with a new appreciation of your Hackensack River.”
All Hackensack Riverkeeper Eco-Program info including descriptions and schedules is available at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org.
Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues. A founding member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, the group engages in a four-point clean water strategy (Action, Advocacy, Education and Litigation) in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River. Their Eco-Programs focus on environmental action and education.
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