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Transco pipeline threatens vital natural areas along Princeton Ridge

Transco pipeline threatens vital natural areas along Princeton Ridge | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
The project would cut a swath 1.2 miles long and 20 to 50 feet wide, leveling as much as 6 acres of trees
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The proposed expansion of the Leidy natural gas transmission pipeline by the Transco division of the Williams Company presents a serious threat to sensitive habitats in central New Jersey, and the Princeton area in particular.

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Four former N.J. governors join call to block plan for 143-foot Englewood Cliffs building

Four former N.J. governors join call to block plan for 143-foot Englewood Cliffs building | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it

Democrats Brendan T. Byrne and Jim Florio and Republicans Thomas H. Kean and Christie Whitman sent a letter this week asking South Korean-based LG Electronics to redesign plans for its North American headquarters.

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The letter to LG’s chief executive, Bon-Joon Koo, echoes the sentiments of conservation groups that argue the building, which would be nearly five times as tall as any other structure in Englewood Cliffs, would undo a century of preservation efforts and could lead to further development along the scenic cliffs.

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Karl Wright's curator insight, October 22, 2013 10:14 AM

INSIGHT ON REDESIGN

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Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Lawrence earns Eco-School USA Green Flag award

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Lawrence earns Eco-School USA Green Flag award | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
Ben Franklin received a Silver Award from the program last year, and increased sustainability efforts.
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The school has been awarded a Green Flag award from the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program.

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EPA announces $79 million plan to clean up lead along Raritan Bay

EPA announces $79 million plan to clean up lead along Raritan Bay | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
The lead was discovered in 2007, cleanup was proposed last year - but Hurricane Sandy washed contamination throughout the area, EPA said
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The Superfund cleanup will focus on three sectors along the Raritan Bay shore. The first will be along the Laurence Harbor seawall adjacent to the Old Bridge Waterfront Park. The second is the western jetty in Sayreville – an area extending from the Cheesequake Creek Inlet to Raritan Bay. The third sector is 50 acres of the nearby Margaret’s Creek.

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Sierra Club endorses Buono’s gubernatorial run

Sierra Club endorses Buono’s gubernatorial run | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Barbara Buono has scored the backing of another environmental group.

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The Sierra Club’s New Jersey chapter endorsed Buono during an event at Hoboken’s Pier A Park today, just a month after the NJ Environmental Federation backed her in Bayonne.

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See Which North Jersey Trees Made The State's Historic Registry [Interactive Map]

See Which North Jersey Trees Made The State's Historic Registry [Interactive Map] | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
A short list of old-growth trees on the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's 'Champion Trees' Register.
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Map shows location of 11 big trees in North Jersey.

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Tenafly Nature Center expansion hearing draws overflow crowd and raw emotions

Tenafly Nature Center expansion hearing draws overflow crowd and raw emotions | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
The Tenafly Nature Center unveiled its proposed new site and education center at a meeting Tuesday night at Borough Hall that drew so many people, fire officials turned some away.
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The proposal by the non-profit center to move from its existing site at 313 Hudson Avenue to the other side of the 400-acre preserve at Kent and Clinton avenues raised objections among some, who said the borough-owned land should remain untouched.

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New Jersey Wants To Boost Funding For Energy Storage Technology — Here Are Some Options

New Jersey Wants To Boost Funding For Energy Storage Technology — Here Are Some Options | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
The recent bad news out of the state of New Jersey is that it’s proposed slashing its renewable energy budget to a mere $7.5 million in 2014.
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The good news is that this loss will be at least somewhat offset by a proposal to bulk up funding for energy storage specifically.

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Five reasons to clean up the Passaic River

Five reasons to clean up the Passaic River | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
Everything from saving the food chain to environmental justice should motivate citizens and elected officials alike to demand the clean up of the polluted Passaic.
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A band of hardy activists have been working for years to bring it back, and to reinvigorate the neighborhoods the river winds through on its way to Newark Bay. They see a boardwalk, restaurants, playgrounds, tennis courts, even boat launches and an outdoor stage for summer concerts.

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Conservation Innovation grants are now available in New Jersey

Conservation Innovation grants are now available in New Jersey | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
Carrie Mosley, State Conservationist for USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Jersey, is announcing availability of Conservation Innovation Grants to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches...
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NRCS anticipates that approximately $159,300 will be available for the FY 2013 program in New Jersey. Priority needs identified for this funding include: program outreach, nutrient management, energy conservation, soil health, wildlife and economics.

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Delaware Water Gap park to close 2 sites

Delaware Water Gap park to close 2 sites | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
Canoe livery businesses are among those who will feel the pinch this summer as Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area implements the sequestration — the government's order to federal agencies to reduce annual budgets by 5 percent.
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Star-Ledger Editorial: FEMA's climate change denial

Star-Ledger Editorial: FEMA's climate change denial | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
In predicting risk, FEMA can't consider climate change. That's nuts.
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To the mountain of difficulties facing New Jersey families after Hurricane Sandy, add one more: the federal government’s unwillingness to help them predict the impact of climate change over the next several decades.

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NJ: Savannah Sparrow nesting site is latest hurdle for Frankford mall

NJ: Savannah Sparrow nesting site is latest hurdle for Frankford mall | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it

The stalled Sussex Commons mall project at Ross' Corner could soon be another step closer to taking flight. But first the state Department of Environmental Protection wants to make sure the savannah sparrow will have an alternate place to nest and breed once the project gets built. The review by state wildlife officials represents the latest chapter in the mall project's saga, now in its 11th year.

Dennis Schvejda's insight:

A field along Route 206 near Ross’ Corner in Frankford is a nesting site for the savannah sparrow, putting plans for an outlet mall on hold until the state can find out if there is an alternate nesting site.

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Power line foes fault $60M deal with park

Power line foes fault $60M deal with park | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it

A power company agreement to a demand for a $60 million mitigation fund led the National Park Service to drop its decision to keep a 500-kilovolt transmission out of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, according to environmental groups that have sued the park service.

Dennis Schvejda's insight:

During the Aug. 4 meeting with the utilities, Salazar, who has since left the Interior Department, is reported to have said: "So here's the deal: I want $60 m [million] and I want it now."

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Is Logging the Pinelands Just a Vote and Signature Away?

Is Logging the Pinelands Just a Vote and Signature Away? | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
Bill to allow harvesting of state-owned public lands clears legislative committee with bipartisan backing
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To proponents, the bill would produce healthier forests and a better habitat for the plants and animals that live there. To critics, however, allowing commercial interests to log parks and forests is a violation of the public trust under which those open spaces were set aside.

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Video: Researchers optimistic about Delaware Bay horseshoe crab spawn and shorebird migration

Video: Researchers optimistic about Delaware Bay horseshoe crab spawn and shorebird migration | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
Red knots make one of the longest yearly migrations of any bird, nearly 10,000 miles from the Southern tip of South America to breeding grounds in the Arctic. The Delaware Bayshore is one of its most critical stopovers along the way.
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An emergency sand restoration project on five key beaches was completed in time for the crabs to spawn and the migratory birds to feast.

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NJDEP: Dangerous Weather Ahead for Southern and Central New Jersey

NJDEP: Dangerous Weather Ahead for Southern and Central New Jersey | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
An Ozone Action Day has been declared for sensitive groups in these regions on Thursday.
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Ozone is forecast to reach unhealthy levels for sensitive groups of people, including the elderly, the young and those with respiratory diseases, such as asthma. 

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Christie Balances Budget At The Expense Of The Environment

Gov. Christie got flak when vowed to seize $140 million in affordable housing in order to balance the budget, and now he's getting more flak over his decision to take money away from the environment

Dennis Schvejda's insight:

It really comes down to money. For example, Christie has taken more than $800 million from three funds devoted to promoting clean energy initiatives, like solar and wind power, and used the money to plug the budget. Also, it seems that roughly $194 million — more than half of the Clean Energy Fund’s anticipated revenue — would be siphoned under Christie’s proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

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N.J. Gets Tough on Lawn Fertilizers; Now They're Less Toxic to State Waterways |

Signed by Gov. Christie in 2011, the law takes full effect this lawn-care season. It requires wholly different handling of nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilizers, as well as restricted times when they may be applied.
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Now, virtually all lawn fertilizers used in NJ must have reduced nitrogen and no phosphorus content. While limited amounts of both nutrients aid plant growth, an overabundance can hurt lawns and longer term, waterways.

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Report Argues That Renewables Can Meet Demands of Power Grid - NJ Spotlight

Report Argues That Renewables Can Meet Demands of Power Grid - NJ Spotlight | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
Deploying a mix of clean technologies can counterbalance intermittent nature of some renewables, according to new study
Dennis Schvejda's insight:

The study underscores many of the debates taking place in New Jersey, where the state hopes to have 20 percent of its electricity produced from cleaner sources of electricity, such as solar and wind, by the year 2020. It is a goal critics say is both unrealistic and too costly for consumers and businesses.

 

At the same time, the state’s main source of funding for clean energy projects has been repeated tapped by lawmakers and the Christie administration to plug holes in the budget, including a total of $152 million in the proposed budget for the next fiscal year.

 

In the report, however, the authors claim that the nation can lower the carbon emissions contributing to global climate change at the same time that it reduces the estimated cost of business as usual.

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Ringwood buying, preserving 26 acres near school as open space

Ringwood buying, preserving 26 acres near school as open space | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
The Borough Council has approved the purchase of a 26-acre environmentally sensitive property that will now be permanently preserved.
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The land, which contains wooded wetlands and part of a brook that flows into the Wanaque River, is located behind the Peter Cooper elementary school on Fountain Drive and adjacent to an upscale neighborhood.

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North Bergen Planning Board approves waterfront project, but DEP may have last word

North Bergen Planning Board approves waterfront project, but DEP may have last word | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
NORTH BERGEN -- The township Planning Board OK'd on Thursday a project with 233 residential units for River Road consisting of three, nine-story buildings a vote that has some local residents fuming.
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But even with Thursday’s approval, the project is likely to remain stalled.

The state Department of Environmental Protection rescinded its approval of the development after being sued by the New York/New Jersey Baykeeper. The DEP noted concerns about traffic and blocked views.

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Reconnecting NJ's Musky to the Delaware River

Reconnecting NJ's Musky to the Delaware River | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
Removing the 20 or so dams on this river is the number one way to improve the water quality, recreation, safety, fishing and the natural beauty of the Musconetcong River, or Musky.
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Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey to hold soil workshop April 8

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey to hold soil workshop April 8 | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey will hold a workshop titled “Soil Nitrogen: Managing the Cycle” 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mon., April 8 at Duke Farms in Hillsborough.

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Rebuilding NJ Coastal Parks Damaged by Sandy

Rebuilding NJ Coastal Parks Damaged by Sandy | NJ Enviro News | Scoop.it
New Jersey's coastal parks were at the storm's mercy as it barreled across beaches and wetlands.
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Most of these natural lands were surprisingly resilient and reopened to the public almost immediately. Some remain closed indefinitely.

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