Chris Obropta, P.E. Rutgers Water Resources Division presented Impervious Cover Assessments and Impervious Reduction Action Plans to members of the Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association and the Ocean Township Environmental Commission. 12 sites were chosen by Rutgers and the public is invited to suggest other sites where we might better manage stormwater in your neighborhood by using green infrastructure such as rain gardens and pervious surfaces in parking lots. This is a continuance of our regional efforts to stop flooding on the Whale Pond Brook watershed which began in 2014 with a regional watershed meeting including all 5 towns on the watershed. Send your suggestions to us on our website: https://restorethewatershed.net/ or contact Ray Pogwist, Chair, Ocean Township Environmental Commission.
Left to right: Jeff King, Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association, Ray Pogwist, Ocean Township Environmental Commission Chair, Laura Bagwell, Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association, Fred Brody, Planning Board Liaison to OT Environmental Commission, Chris Obropta, Rutgers Water Resources Division and Laurel Van Gerichten, OT Environmental Commission.
Ken Manzi, our mason, has completed Phase II of repairing the stone hut roof. He used the platform to pull his men and equipment back and forth. See the aluminum canoe? That’s how he got the platform off the island to use. We have to be creative to get this job done. Thanks Ken.
Our good friend Beth Woolley, Long Branch Historic Commission, attended the Monmouth County Historic Preservation award ceremony on Feb 22, 2016. The WPBWA received a grant to complete the work on the east side of the stone hut roof. A huge Thank You to Monmouth County and the City of Long Branch for their continuing financial assistance in restoring the Ross Island Stone Hut, a rare Architectural Folly that remains from Long Branch’s Gilded Age.
The work is being done by Ken Manzi, our stone mason.
Here are some of our volunteers at the stone hut during a clean-up in December.
For many of us, it’s that time of year to clean up after the holidays. The post below is from Clean Ocean Action, a local non-profit organization dedicated to ocean advocacy. www.cleanoceanaction.org
Read on about how to deal with holiday decorations!
The holiday season has come to a close. Now what are you to do with your Christmas tree and decorations? Here are some tips on how to dispose of them properly:
Christmas Trees. Towns throughout New Jersey offer a Christmas tree recycling mulching program. If you are unsure, call your municipality to see if this program is offered and directions on how to dispose of your tree. The most important tip to remember is to place a BARE tree on the curb for pickup; do not place the tree in a plastic bag! Did you go to town with the tinsel this year? Be sure to remove all tinsel before placing the tree on the curb. Next year opt to replace tinsel with other natural accent alternatives reducing unnecessary waste.
In the past Shore communities used Christmas trees for dunes, however it has been found to be very maintenance intensive and towns have switched to other natural alternatives, such as planting dune grass. To extend the life of your tree, place it outside, providing a home for birds, and then place it on the curb in the spring for recycling.
For the towns comprising the Whale Pond Brook Watershed, here are the details about tree disposal, or who to call:
EATONTOWN – Public Works Director: Frank Cannella, Jr . 732-389-7651
TINTON FALLS – Holiday/Christmas Trees. These may be placed at the curb for collection from end of December through January 13th of the new year. If you miss the tree collection, you may may bring your tree to the recycling drop-off behind Borough Hall, or wait for your scheduled zone pick-up for branches and brush. Place your tree at the curb free of ornaments and bags, as the ornaments and bags cannot be recycled. Wreaths and garlands made from trees may be placed in your refuse container.
LONG BRANCH – Director of Public Works, Fred Migliaccio, CPM, CPWM (732) 571-6520
Plants. Remove your holiday poinsettias, flowers, or plants from any plastic containers and ribbons, then place plants in a compost pile or at the curb.
Wreathes. Remove any bows, ribbons, or ornaments from your wreath. If you can, save the decorations for next year or donate items to a local goodwill. If in poor condition, dispose of the items properly. Unfortunately, glass ornaments cannot be recycled, please place them in the garbage. Also, remove metal frames and hardware from the wreath. You can also extend the life of your wreath by placing it outside, providing a home for birds, and then put it out in the spring for recycling. Place the greens at the curb for pickup or drop it off at your recycling center.
Lights. Have strands of broken lights? Stores such as Home Depot and Ace Hardware accept lights and sometimes provide a discount on LED lights when you drop off your lights.
Unwrap. Odds are plenty of gifts were exchanged this holiday season. If you received any presents in gift bags, keep these bags to be used for next year. A tip to keep in mind for next year – don’t ball up wrapping paper since this has been known to affect recycling equipment. Also tissue paper can be reused or composted in your personal compost pile. Read more here.
The wood is no longer visible at Tak beach. There is one dumpster with wood pieces. It is gratifying to know that a call to 877-warnDEP really does work. Thanks to Laura Fonde, Office of Emergency Management, Bureau of Emergency Response for alerting Dave Sorenson, Monmouth County Health Department. He went to the site and requested that the wood be removed immediately. We also received a call from the DEP Coastal Enforcement Office, Michelle Kropilak who said DEP inspectors will be there again tomorrow to check the site.
Thanks to all the people in this community who showed that you care about our watershed.