Springfield Environmental Commission: Amazon HQ2 Proposal, Successful Quarry Walk & Idling

November 20, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – During the Environmental Commission meeting Springfield’s proposal for Amazon’s second head quarter building was discussed.  It is one of 238 such proposals and as part of the bid, the Amazon Hub would be in Newark.  According to Township Committeewoman Geri Ann Bujnowski, the proposed headquarter location is near the Houdaille Quarry and would have ...

The 2017 Houdaille Quarry Walk, Sunday in Springfield: Get on the Other Side of the Fence

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Houdaille Quarry, often called the “Grand Canyon of Union County”, and normally closed to the public, will be open on Sunday, November 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. for Fall Foliage walks sponsored by the Springfield Environmental Commission.

This is a rare chance to get to go on the other side of the fence and see the Quarry, which is an ecologically unique ...

Coalition-Led Ballot Question Approved, Safeguarding Pollution Settlements

NEWARK, NJ -  Voters provided permanent relief to communities harmed by industrial pollution on Tuesday by approving an environmental coalition-led ballot question that prevents money earmarked for environmental restoration from being raided by Trenton lawmakers.

The measure was declared passed with 69 percent support.

“By approving Ballot Question 2, voters created a ‘lock ...

Springfield Board of Education Studies Preparation of Tree Top Property for Possible Sale to County or Land Bank as Open Space Area

SPRINGFIELD, NJ—The township board of education outlined for the school board on Monday a proposal to conduct environmental mediation and monitoring on the nine-acre Tree Top Property in preparation for its possible sale as open space to Union County or a privately-operated land bank aimed at nature conservation.

The property, near the intersection of Tree Top Drive and Skylark Road, ...

To Help Reduce Risk of Lyme Disease, Union County Advises “Plant This, Not That”

Union County, NJ--Japanese barberry is a common shrub that could be playing a role in the spread of Lyme disease, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By planting native shrubs instead of Japanese barberry, property owners can help reduce the risk -- and create a more healthful habitat for butterflies and other pollinators, too.

“Union County residents can take action to ...

Springfield Environmental Commission Announces 2017 Houdaille Quarry Walk, a 'Once a Year Event'

Springfield, NJ — The Springfield Environmental Commission has announced that the 2017 Houdaille Quarry Walk will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 19.  Alyson Miller, Chair, reminded potential participants that “The Quarry Walk is a once a year event. There is no other access to this pristine natural area. This is an opportunity to see the tracks from and ...

Springfield Environmental Commission: Budget Being Drawn Up To Include Apiary,  Idling Ordinance Not Being Enforced

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Commission Chair Alyson Weber informed the Commission that she has just about completed the budget which will be submitted to the Township Business Administrator Ziad Shehady. It includes the cost of operating an apiary. For those not familiar with the term it signifies a place where bees are kept, a beehive.

Some frustration was expressed that signage has not been procured ...

Former Governor Whitman Honored at Great Swamp Watershed Gala Celebration

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman was the honored guest at the Great Swamp Watershed Association 2017 Gala Celebration held Thursday night at the Brooklake Country Club.

Chatham residents turned out for the fundraiser that supports the yearly budget of the association, which is "dedicated to protecting and improving the water resources of the ...

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Teens Spruce up Union County’s “Floating Wetlands” in Watchung Reservation

November 17, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A group of student volunteers took to the water to help pitch in for the environment. As part of Union County’s Adopt-a-Park Program, earlier this fall the group rowed out to spruce up a “floating wetlands” demonstration project at Surprise Lake in the county’s Watchung Reservation, and they also helped repair a section of trail.

“The wetlands ...