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Green City Gazette
October 2013

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Welcome to ANJEC's Green City Gazette, the monthly e-mail newsletter for Environmental Commissions in NJ's urban and developed communities.
The Gazette seeks to provide readers with a periodic sampling of information and resources relating to urban environmental issues, highlighting the
work of urban environmental commissions as well as relevant events, books, articles, and web sites.


NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association Announces New Jersey Great Places


Launched in 2012, Great Places in New Jersey recognizes unique and exemplary downtowns, streets, neighborhoods and public spaces – four essential components of exceptional communities.  Places are selected annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.  More Information.


Below are summaries of recent news stories about the environment in New Jersey. If article is a major daily paper the link to NJ.Com is provided, to obtain full article you'll need to search for the specific newspaper and the article and may have to pay a fee.

Environmental groups sue Del., NJ over fish kills

Jeff Montgomery, The News Journal
October 1, 2013
A coalition of regional and state environmental groups sued Delaware and New Jersey today over what they termed “unconscionable” government failure to curb massive fish kills and habitat damage caused by industrial water withdrawals at two sites along the Delaware River. http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131001/NEWS08/310010091/Environmental-groups-sue-Del-NJ-over-fish-kills

22 pictures of birds and debris in the Dismal Swamp that will delight/dismay

By Brian Amaral, NJ.com
September 26, 2013
Edison-The effort to keep the Songbird Trail clean of trash so that its namesake animals can continue to strike up their song provides a glimpse into the struggle to preserve a last bastion of wild nature in urban Central New Jersey. And while news these days on the environmental front rarely seems to fall short of apocalyptically dire, the Songbird Trail is a notable local exception: a success story in the works.

Environment New Jersey introduces report concerning power plant pollution
By Joseph R. Vena, The Jersey Journal
September 10, 2013
PSEG'S Hudson Generating Station in Jersey City is among the state's  five worst polluting plants, according to a report released today.

Hoboken Mayor Zimmer: Sandy-type storm will not catch city off guard again
By Charles Hack, The Jersey Journal
September 05, 2013
HOBOKEN – When Hoboken was walloped by Hurricane Sandy in October, thousands of city residents found themselves stranded by flood waters but under-prepared to sit out the storm in their housing units.
Hoboken dodged a bullet, Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Ferrante said at a City Hall press conference yesterday, noting no city residents died as result of the superstorm.
Determined not to get caught off guard again, Ferrante and Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced the launch of Hoboken Ready, an outreach program designed to educate city residents about how to prepare for the next Hurricane Sandy.

Jersey City gets $989K grant to study environmental impact of Sandy
By Ron Zeitlinger, The Jersey Journal
September 10, 2013
Jersey City has been awarded a nearly $1 million federal grant to assist with environmental investigations related to superstorm Sandy, the city announced.

Dam removal on Musconetcong River earns partnership national environmental award
Emily Cummins, The Warren Reporter
September 13, 2013
The Musconetcong River Restoration Partnership's removal of two dams on the Musconetcong River opened up more than 3 miles of habitat for migrating fish, and earned the agency a national award.


ANJEC 40th Annual Environmental Congress
Saturday, Octobober 19th
Middlesex County College, Edison
The Congress is an annual statewide gathering of municipal environmental commissioners, state and local officials, members of New Jersey's environmental organizations, and others concerned about our state's environment.  

Keynote Speaker: Mark Warner, Founder SunFarm Network, Energy and Climate Change

Featured Speaker: John Filippelli,  Director of Clean Air and Sustainability Division, U.S. EPA, Region 2 

Registration informatin and more details.

Monday, October 28
Restoring the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary:
A Look at Our Past, Present, and Future Direction
National Museum of the American Indian
New York, NY
Hosted by the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program’s Restoration Work Group. The conference will be a full day, free and open to the public.  The conference will be focused on the restoration of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, via the key foci of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan.
For more information to register, email Kate Boicourt habitat@harborestuary.org

Sustainable Jersey Leadership Forums:
Central New Jersey Leadership Forum
Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth & Somerset counties
October 3, 2013 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Monroe Township High School
200 Schoolhouse Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

South Jersey Leadership Forum
Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland & Ocean Counties
October 28, 2013 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Stockton College
101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205

Sustainable Jersey is having a series of free Leadership Forums to bring together Green Teams and sustainability leaders to foster regional collaboration and share good ideas.  In addition to formal presentations and the group discussions, representatives from agencies and organizations will be on hand to to talk to you about supporting your work on Sustainable Jersey actions. The first three sessions will be in Northeast NJ, Central NJ and South Jersey. You are invited to attend any of these three forums, but a focus of each event will be regional collaboration. For more information, please visit the Sustainable Jersey website



EPA 2013/2014 Urban Waters Small Grants RFPs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to award up to $1.6 million in funding for projects in 18 Eligible Geographic Areas, including:

The projects should protect and restore urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities.
Small grant awards will range from approximately $40,000 to $60,000. The Eligible Geographic Areas are illustrated in maps found at the Urban Waters Small Grants program mapping website http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants-mapping.
The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to fund research, investigations, experiments, training, surveys, studies, and demonstrations that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality in urban areas through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. Information about Urban Waters Small Grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinar is available at http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants. EPA expects to award the grants in July 2014.


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If you have an event, article, book or website you'd like us to cover in the next Green City Gazette, please send your information to Editor Michele Gaynor, or call 973-539-7547.