Thursday, May 10, 2012
Berkeley Heights Council members said meeting sparked dialogue to address long-term flooding issue, but only the beginning. Next: come up with action plan, way to finance it.
There was a strong showing of residents at the Stream Protection meeting Monday night to address the flooding issue along the Passaic River. On Tuesday night, Berkeley Heights Council members said the dialogue was a good start to a long process to fix the problem, which will likely fall on the shoulders of the council. The meeting, sponsored by the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission, showed that there is a serious problem that must be addressed, as the river has only worsened in the last six months, and it’s apparent that people don’t just want something done, but they also need something done, said Councilman Edward Delia. “I don’t want to say it was a hostile crowd, but I liked it. We didn’t get great answers from the [five …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
About 100 area residents wanted answers from environmental experts about Passaic River flooding. They found out it will take hard work and cooperation among the town, the county and the state to keep the waterways from flooding local homes.
Flooding is a fact of life for Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Chatham and Long Hill Township residents who live near the Passaic River. About 100 of those residents sought answers from New Jersey environmental activists Monday night and heard that it could take a generation of work to ease the risks. During a stream protection meeting last night at Governor Livingston High School, a panel of five environmental experts, from Berkeley Heights and the State, said it could take anywhere from five to 20 years to fix the flooding problem. Panelists indicated that this is largely due to lack of ownership and responsibility for the river from the municipalities and the county, which continues to prevent overall maintenance of the river, …
Friday, January 6, 2012
The state Department of Environmental Protection launches a new Smart phone app for state beaches, forests, parks and historic sites.
Friday, January 6, 2012
On Tuesday, the state Department of Environmental Protection launched a new mobile phone application to help visitors plan for — and make — the most out of their trips to New Jersey's state parks, forests and historic sites. The free Pocket Ranger application provides information on activities, amenities and services directly to users' smartphones, and is part of Gov. Chris Christie's administration's plans to make the park system more self-sustaining while improving visitor services. The app version compatible with Apple iPhones was launched Tuesday. The Android-compatible version will be launched in several days. The applications can be downloaded at StateParkApps.com. "We are very proud to offer this new service to the public," said DEP…