HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mayor Carl Suraci and Rich Resavy, Department of Public Works Director  and coordinator of the Clean Communities program for the township were joined by representatives from the Central Jersey Stream at a recent Township Committee meeting where they received a donation to help with their environmental stewardship initiatives.

“Through grant funding available from New Jersey Clean Communities, we are able to make this donation to Central Jersey Stream Team to be used for future projects within Hillsborough Township,” Suraci said.

Jen Riedel, president of Planning and Grants for the Central Jersey Stream Team accepted the donation and provided the details regarding the future clean up area within Hillsborough Township, which entailed the Hillsborough side of the river embankment along the Neshanic River and Bridge area.

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The Central Jersey Stream Team is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration of Central Jersey waterways and surrounding land for environmental protection and sustainable recreational use. Its aim is to engage the community with hands on projects designed to establish and encourage new environmental stewards.

The New Jersey Clean Communities Council, Inc. is the 501c3 nonprofit that works closely with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Department of Treasury to administer the Clean Communities program. The Clean Communities Council began as an advisory committee to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Communities program in 1989. In 1995, in the face of state budget cuts that virtually eliminated the state positions that provided program oversight and statewide education for the program, the advisory committee sought and received nonprofit status; and became the New Jersey Clean Communities Council, Inc.

Now in its 13th consecutive year, the Clean Communities Council oversees the implementation of litter abatement programs in 558 municipalities and 21 counties, collects statistical reports, maintains a database of information that tracks local programs, and implements a statewide program of public information and education that targets Clean Communities coordinators, schools, and the general public. The Clean Communities Council also administers New Jersey’s Adopt-a-Beach and Adopt-a- Highway programs.