This spot is located on the north east side of the exit from the Ocean Township Swim Club. The street is called Louise Weltz Lane.
Yesterday was a great day at the prestigious Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.
Kate Hutelmyer and Ed Difiglia, both from the Watershed’s Policy Division, gave us a tour of their new Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education, a LEED Platinum building in Pennington, NJ. Here are some highlights!
Pictured from Left to Right: Ed Difiglia, Bob Sandberg, Faith Teitelbaum, Ray Pogwist, Jeff King, Laura Bagwell and Kate Hutelmyer
Solar and geothermal technologies provide about 85% of the building’s energy needs.
Passive Solar Lighting
What an inviting and sun-filled room.
Green Roof & Solar Hot Water
A vegetated roof reduces runoff, reduces heat island effect, improves air quality, increases biodiversity, reduces noise, improves energy efficiency, acts as a fire retardant, and increases the longevity of roof membranes. SO much good!
….and the solar hot water is highly efficient.
Note the “bird’s beak” funnels rainwater from the roof down to a rock garden and then a rain garden .
Reduces storm water runoff and purifies the water as it recharges the aquifer, and provides habitat.
Wetlands Wastewater Treatment
Using Plants, soil, and microorganisms to treat wastewater instead of traditional wastewater treatment results in water that is cleaner and it is also more effective in infiltrating water into the aquifer.
This is a Water Fountain every building needs!
Getting rid of your plastic water bottle habit is easier when you can refill your reusable water bottle at water fountains like this one. This fountain has saved 2,084 plastic bottles of water. This model is called the Halsey Taylor HydroBoost.
Helping to increase the population of native butterflies, including the Monarch Butterly, the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House is used to raise monarch butterflies and set them free each year.
Visit them during their butterfly festival!
Education center with wildlife, too! Check out the corn snake, walking sticks and huge freshwater tank.
A model of the watershed – press a button to light up the streams and tributaries of the Stony Brook – Millstone Watershed
What you can do?
Solar panels: Free and renewable electricity from the sun – our best source of energy. For information on solar, see:
Rain garden: A rain garden is quite wonderful – habitat and rainwater recharge; it is all good. Build a rain garden today! For more information on how to build one, see:
Stop using plastic: Take the pledge to not use plastic bottles! Also take a plastic inventory of your home and lifestyle and see how you can reduce or stop using it. It’s everywhere, polluting the watershed and ultimately the oceans, strangling and suffocating wildlife.
Until next time, thank you for all you do to help the watershed!
We did so much work today that we actually finished clearing Ross Island, for now. By next spring the sticker bushes we cut down will be easily removed.
So we now have a clear view from the Ross Lake Park to the stone hut. Ross Lake clean up Dec 12 2015
This is what we saw when we first arrived at the Tak Trestle trail……a swan with a broken neck. Who would be so cruel to these beautiful birds? If you see anyone abusing our beautiful feathered friends or any animal, please contact the Monmouth County SPCA Humane Police Chief:
800-582-5979 or if immediate emergency: call 732-542-0040.
Don’t hold back, just do it…make the call.
A glorious day filled with sunshine and good deeds was experienced by volunteers today as we cleaned up around Takanassee Lake and the Old Waterworks. The lake was exceptionally low and we got to clean places we never saw before.
A kayaker went into the Old Water Works and pulled out debris unreachable from the shore. We pulled out a few tires, a Stop and Shop shopping cart and a giant ceramic pipe among other things. Will Johnson, Monmouth County Clean Communities helped by supplying all the bags, litter picks, a truck, a smile and a winch to get the a ceramic pipe out of the lake.
After a few hours at Tak, a few of us decided to go over and try to save our Ross Island Stone Hut platform. This platform was made by our stone mason, Ken Manzi during Phase I of the stone hut restoration. After two years of being hitched to a tree on Ross Island, it had become dislodged and was wedged under the Van Court bridge. One of our brave volunteers jumped on the platform, grabbed a giant tree branch and started moving it back towards the island. After a while we hitched it to a strong rope and pulled it into shore, where it is moored until our clean-up on the island next Saturday. Please join us: Ross Lake Park – Elinore Ave Long Banch
We are done with clean-ups for now. See you in the spring!