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New and Updated Publications

Recent handbooks, manuals and resource papers

Many ANJEC publications are available online in PDF format (Adobe PDF icon). Just click the title to view online or download using your right mouse button. PDF files require Adobe Reader, available for free. Use the online form to order paper copies.

Environmental Commissioners' Handbook. (Adobe PDF icon) 2017. 86 pages. The fifth edition is filled with information commissions need to get the job done in their communities. To order, call ANJEC, 973-539-7547.

Septic Systems, Clean Water and Your Municipality.(Adobe PDF icon) 2017. 16 pages. $1.00. Managing Septic Systems and their importance for your municipality. How septic systems work, the benefits and approaches to managing septic systems, including model ordinances.

Open Space is a Good Investment - The Financial Argument for Open Space Preservation (Adobe PDF icon 370kb). Order paper copy. 2014 update. 16 pages. $1.00. Summaries of studies that demonstrate how open space preservation costs taxpayers less over the long term than residential and commercial development. Includes an economic analysis worksheet to help determine long term costs for specific proposals.

Remediating and Redeveloping Brownfields in New Jersey: A Guide for Municipalities and Community Organizations. (Adobe PDF icon) 2014. 28 pages. ANJEC and the Center for Creative Land Recycling. An overview of the process for identifying, cleaning up and redeveloping older industrial, commercial and institutional properties in New Jersey. Includes information about how community organizations can participate in the process by advocating for cleanup and helping to plan for new uses that will benefit the community, including open space. Explains New Jersey’s new Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program, and the agencies and professionals that are involved in the assessment, remediation, planning and funding of brownfield redevelopment. Many links and resources.

Reducing Environmental Impacts of Flooding: Local Advice for Businesses and Residents in Flood Areas (Adobe PDF icon) 2013, 8 pages. Free. A tool for environmental commission outreach to the community regarding steps individuals can take to help prevent contamination of floodwaters and improper disposal of wastes after a flood. The booklet can be customized with local information and then either printed out on 8 ½” x 11” paper and distributed (print version), or posted on the municipal website (consecutive page version). A version with registration marks, suitable for professional printing, is available on request from ANJEC.

The Environmental Resource Inventory: ERI(Adobe PDF icon). Order paper copy. 2013 update. 12 pages. $1.00. Legal basis, elements and uses of this important database of natural resources and environmental characteristics. How to put an ERI together, types of information to include, sample tables of contents.

Solar Siting and Sustainable Land Use, white paper (Adobe PDF icon), Order paper copy. 2012. 16 pages. $1.00. With growing pressure to build large-scale solar facilities on farmland, open space, forests and environmentally sensitive areas, this paper will help municipalities navigate the new and complex issues around solar development, especially as it affects sound land use planning.

Municipal Environmental Commissions in New Jersey (Adobe PDF icon). Order paper copy. 2011. 12 pages. $1.00. Enabling legislation, commissions’ roles and benefits to municipalities, opportunities for training, examples of successful commission projects in raising awareness of wetlands and wildlife, reducing pesticide use, reviewing site plans, monitoring water quality, reducing non-point source pollution and use computer mapping.

Municipal Options for Stormwater Management (Adobe PDF icon). Order paper copy. 2011. 12 pages. $1.00. Reducing non point pollution and managing stormwater through master plans, natural areas, zoning and land use ordinances, best management practices, retrofitting and redevelopment. References, web and phone links.

Open Space Plan (Adobe PDF icon). Order paper copy. 2011. 12 pages. $1.00. Putting an open space plan together, with outline of subjects required for Green Acres Planning Incentive Program, suggestions for funding, sources of information, factors for ranking lands for preservation, and action plan elements.

Site Plan and Subdivions Review: Environmental Analysis.(Adobe PDF icon) 2010.
12 pages. $1.00. Legal authority and procedures for environmental review of subdivisions and/or site plans. Approaches to evaluating environmental impacts, guidelines for site inspections and sample format for environmental commission reports to planning and zoning boards.

Protecting our Streams (Adobe PDF icon), 2009. 12 pages. $1.00. Impacts of human activity on water quality, options and benefits of stream protection, municipal ordinances, state and regional regulatory programs and sources of information.

Major State Programs Affecting Land Use (Adobe PDF icon), 2009. 8 pages, $1.00.
Describes programs impacting land use that the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) administers - Water Quality Management Planning, Freshwater Wetlands Protection, Flood Hazard Area Protection, Water Quality Standards and Coastal Protection. The paper explains how environmental commissions can comment effectively on development proposals that require state permits and state regulation proposals. Environmental commission comments can alert municipal board to applicant's need for state permits and can provide NJ DEP with information critical to comprehensive review.

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