4/29/11 Volume XLIV, No. 17
In spite of great strides in cleaning up our waters, stormwater runoff still washes chemicals, oil and litter from streets, roofs and lawns into streams, rivers, bays and oceans. This runoff is called “nonpoint source pollution,” a technical way of saying it doesn’t come from any single source.
Although preventing this type of pollution is difficult, there is something we all can do to help! Rain gardens are a terrific way to work with nature to slow . . .
4/22/11 Volume XLIV, No. 16
Most New Jerseyans in this state we’re in probably think that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects the public’s health and safety and the environment. And in many ways it does! But a proposed rule, under the guise of streamlining, would allow the agency to ignore its other rules. Yes, that is as crazy as it sounds.
The proposed new “waiver rule” would provide blanket approval to waive nearly 100 existing . . .
4/15/11 Volume XLIV, No. 15
One of the biggest threats to New Jersey’s public land is illegal off-road vehicle (ORV) riding. The Pinelands Preservation Alliance has been on the front lines of addressing this problem for years, and has come up with a 12-point plan to protect the public lands of this state we’re in.
What would you do if someone tore up your lawn with an ORV? Probably file a complaint at least! But consider that public lands are your lands, too!
As far back as 2002, . . .
4/8/11 Volume XLIV, No. 14
In the midst of the snowiest winter in recent memory, few of us were thinking about lawns and gardens. But on a chilly day in January when New Jersey lawns were blanketed in white, Governor Christie signed into law the nation‘s toughest fertilizer bill, aimed at protecting our waters – and the creatures living in them – from the damaging effects of chemical nutrients.
Many of the new law’s provisions don’t take effect immediately, to minimize financial . . .
4/1/11 Volume XLIV, No. 13
Given what’s known and not known about natural gas extraction from shale, drilling for gas near the Delaware River is a bad idea. But the Delaware River Basin Commission has proposed new regulations that would permit drilling. What it should be doing instead is imposing a moratorium on drilling until pending studies are concluded and more is known about the impacts of this practice.
Natural gas extracted from shale is playing an increasingly large role in meeting our . . .