Monmouth County October Environmental Newsletter

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Monmouth County Environmental & Sustainability Planning Newsletter

Help Clean the Tinton Falls!

The Tinton Falls Environmental Commission, in conjunction with New Jersey Clean Communities, will host a litter clean-up of the Tinton Falls on October 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Crawford House, located at 750 Tinton Avenue. Volunteers will be provided gloves and litter collection tools, but are asked to wear long pants and boots (waterproof if possible). Email with questions or to RSVP.

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Upcoming Environmental  Events in Monmouth County:

•10/7- Mayor's Climate Summit, Sustainable Jersey 

•10/12-Champions of the Ocean Awards, Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute

•10/13-NJ Environmental Congress, ANJEC

• 10/14-Ocean Frontiers III Movie Screening, Middletown Township Public Library

• 10/15-Thompson Park Day, Thompson Park

•10/17-Shore of the Future Symposium, NJ Future Big Conversation Even Series

10/25-26 2017 NJ Association of Floodplain Managers Conference

10/27 & 10/28: Stargazing, Sandy Hook 

11/2 Monmouth County Environmental Council

Grown in Monmouth Directory adds Restaurant Tab

grown in Monmouth official

The Grown in Monmouth (GIM) website has added a new tab to its interactive directory.  Visitors to the GIM directory can view a list and map of registered restaurants that make menu items with ingredients grown in Monmouth County.

Grown in Monmouth, a program of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, seeks to enhance the connection between the buying public and the growers of Monmouth County's agricultural economy. The program features a marketing campaign identified  by the Grown in Monmouth logo, a fully interactive searchable online directory where both residential and commercial consumers can locate  hundreds of agricultural products and additional tabs on the online directory noting the locations of "Pick Your Own Farms," "Wineries/Breweries," "Farmers Markets," and "Christmas Tree Farms".  Click the link below to go the online directory.

Grown in Monmouth Directory

NJNG Annual Kids and Conservation Poster and Video Contests

kids and conservation

New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) is now accepting submissions for their annual Kids and Conservation Poster and Video Contests.  The poster contest is open to fifth grade classes within NJNG’s service territory. Prizes include tablets, a school assembly, teacher gift cards and more. 

The video contest is open to all high school students (13 years and older) in NJNG's service territory.  Videos can be individual or group projects and offer monetary prizes.

All entries need to be received by November 17. See the link below for full details on prize allocations and submission requirements.

Read the flier for details 

Introducing the 2017-2018 WMA 12 AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador: Amber Mallm 

Each year, the County's Division of Planning hosts the AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador who serves the WMA 12 Monmouth watershed region.  The program is administered by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Water Monitoring & Standards, with 20 ambassadors serving across the state.  The program promotes watershed stewardship through education, community involvement, and biological and visual stream health monitoring. During their year of service,  Watershed Ambassadors engage with community volunteers and offer presentations to expand awareness and encourage local action.  

This year's WMA 12 Watershed Ambassador is Amber Mallm, a resident of Freehold who studied Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior with a Minor in Sustainability at Rutgers. She is passionate about improving our connections to nature and has experience in environmental education and outreach programs.  Amber is available for educational outreach initiatives for schools, scouts and other community groups.  She is also available to assist with local projects, and will be seeking volunteers to aid in stream monitoring, watershed clean-ups and native plantings.  Contact Amber at in regards to any outreach or volunteer opportunities.

Jersey Friendly Yards: Landscaping for a Healthy Environment

Jersey Friendly Yards

"Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard" on October 14 at Ocean County College will feature keynote speaker Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology. Dr. Tallamy's book, "Bringing Nature Home," is a highly influential guide on sustaining healthy ecosystems through planting native species at home. The event, hosted by the Barnegat Bay Partnership, will also demonstrate Jersey-Friendly Yards' "Landscaping for a Healthy Environment" online resources and tools.

The event is $35 and includes lunch. See the link below for a full agenda and list of speakers.

The Monmouth County Division of Planning is a proud partner of the Barnegat Bay Partnership.  The Toms & Metedeconk Rivers River watersheds include land in Millstone, Howell, Wall and Freehold and eventually empty into the Barnegat Bay.  

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