Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Enviro-Events Calendar for May 21, 2014

Environmental seminars, forums, education, networking and social opportunities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York & Delaware 

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May 21, 2014
EPA Hosts Second Passaic River Cleanup Plan Public Meeting6 p.m. Franklin School auditorium
100 Davis Avenue Kearny, NJ 07032 On April 11, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed cleanup to remove 4.3 million cubic yards of highly contaminated sediment from the lower eight miles of the Passaic River in New Jersey. The sediment in the Passaic River is severely contaminated with dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants from more than a century of industrial activity. The lower eight miles of the Passaic is the most heavily contaminated section of the river. Ninety percent of the volume of contaminated sediment in the lower Passaic are in the lower eight miles of the river. The EPA is proposing bank-to-bank dredging – one of the largest volumes ever to be dredged under the EPA’s Superfund program – followed by capping of the river bottom. On May 7 the EPA held its first public meeting in Newark, NJ to explain the proposal. As previously announced, two additional public meetings will be held during the public comment period, which runs through July 21, 2014. People may also submit written comments by mail or email. The plan for the lower eight miles of the Passaic River is available here 

May 21, 2014
R.E.A.C.T. presents Love Canal activist Lois Gibbs
7 p.m.
Horseshoe Lake Senior Center
Roxbury Township, NJ

Gibbs's involvement in environmental causes began in 1978 when she discovered that her 7-year-old son's elementary school in Niagara Falls, New York was built on a toxic waste dump. Subsequent investigation revealed that her entire neighborhood, Love Canal, had been built on top of this dump[ With no prior experience in community activism, Gibbs organized her neighbors and formed the Love Canal Homeowners Association. She led her community in a battle against the local, state, and federal governments. After years of struggle, 833 families were eventually evacuated, and cleanup of Love Canal began. National press coverage made Lois Gibbs a household name. Her efforts also led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or Superfund, which is used to locate and clean up toxic waste sites throughout the United States.

May 22, 2014
A gathering to celebrate the preservation of Francisco Farm. 
3 p.m. at Francisco Farm
9 Prospect Street
Andover Borough, NJ 07821
The Trust for Public Land and partners conserved Francisco Farm for everyone to enjoy. The rolling fields and hilltop were once slated for development and would have forever changed the scenic beauty of the area. This land is now protected as Andover Borough park land and an addition to Kittatinny Valley State Park. Come early to explore this scenic open space. A brief program will begin at 3:00 p.m. 
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Sue Randall at or 973.292.1100, ext. 11.

May 28, 2014
LSRP Business Practices Seminar 2.0
8 a.m. - 12 Noon
Woodard & Curran
50 Millstone Road, Building 300
East Windsor, NJ
Cost:  LSRPA Members $75    Non-Members $125
Program Description:  This breakfast seminar will provide practicing LSRPs and other interested parties with an overview of LSRP contractual, liability and insurance issues, as well as emergent risk management topics and LSRP Licensing Board updates.  There will be plenty of opportunity for attendees to ask questions and raise issues during the late morning panel session. This event sold out the last time it was offered. Further information on the topics and to register, please access the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association website

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June 5, 2014

Growing and Using Herbs: A Homeowners' Class
6:30 p.m.
Camden County Environmental Center
1301 Park Boulevard

Cherry Hill
NJ 08002
The speakers are Marge Miller and Nancy Sullivan, both Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County. Learn how to choose herbs for your garden and the best planting methods as well as how to harvest and store properly to get the most from your efforts. Learn medicinal and cooking tips as well. Cost is $10 per household and pre-registration is strongly suggested. The cost is $10 per household. For more information or to pre-register, 
call 856-216-7130, email, or visit our website.

June 7, 2014
Lancaster Farmland Trust's Pedal to Preserve 2014
Garden Spot Village
433 South Kinzer Avenue
New Holland, PA 17557

7 a.m. Registration 

8 a.m. Departure for 51 mile ride

9 a.m. Departure for 20 mile ride

9:30   a.m. Departure for 6 mile ride. 

Celebrate farmland preservation with 
Lancaster Farmland Trust's Pedal to Preserve 2014.  With distances of 6, 20, and 51 miles, these 3 leisure routes provide scenic views of more than 75 preserved farms in the heart of beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For families, novice riders, and experienced cyclists, this event offers fun for all ages and abilities. Pedal to Preserve 2013 is a leisure ride, not a race. Marked routes, SAG support, breakfast snacks, rest stops, and lunch are included in your registration.Register Questions? Contact LFT at 717-687-8484

June 10-11, 2014
NJDEP Air Quality Permitting Seminar
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Cook Campus Center)
All industry, consultant and municipal staff responsible for writing Air Permits should attend this workshop to stay current with new regulations and maintain compliance with all of the NJ's air permitting regulations. You'll learn what permits you need, how to get them and what to do after you have them. You'll also get an "insider's guide" to the NJDEP website and how to streamline the permit application process online. More 

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June 17-19, 2014

Sustainable & Resilient Infrastructure
2014 Transportation Research Board Waste Management & Resource Efficiency Workshop
New York City
This information packed workshop is focused on waste management, reuse/recycling, sustainability and climate adaptation strategies for transportation infrastructure.  If you work in the environmental field with a transportation or transit agency, then this workshop is for you.  For your registration fee of only $175 you get all of the following:
•       2 ½ day workshop
•       2 field trips
•       Breakfast and lunch on Tuesday
•       Evening reception on Tuesday at the historic Fraunces Tavern
•       Breakfast and dinner on Wednesday
•       Breakfast on Thursday
•       A free metro/subway pass
•       Reduced downtown hotel rates
Register soon – Space is limited this year so do not wait until the last minute.

June 25-26, 2014
Septic Inspections in New Jersey
Day 1: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Day 2: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Ralph Geiger Education Center)
Assessing “out-of-sight” and “out-of-mind” septic systems can be a daunting task when an inspection is called for. Based on NJDEP’s published guidelines on septic inspections, you'll learn the steps of the inspection sequence, step-by-step report writing, the pros and cons of various test methods the related science and research on the individual components. A visit to an active septic system will be included.
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August 3-7, 2014
Stormwater Conference and Expo
The Oregon Convention Center
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September 20-24, 2014
Climate Ride NYC-DC
New York City, NY to Washington DC
Climate Ride NYC-DC is a grand cycling adventure that connects two of the nation’s most important cities – New York and Washington, DC – by bicycle. From the exciting departure by ferry in Manhattan to the hero’s welcome and rally at the steps of the US Capitol, the east-coast version of Climate Ride is more than a bike trip – it’s an inspiring journey with 200 like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles - the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation. On the NYC-DC ride, you’ll spend five days cycling through rich green countryside and historic towns. You’ll find out why they call New Jersey “The Garden State” as you cycle through the lush landscape. You’ll explore the historic Delaware River Valley, discover Pennsylvania’s Amish country, and pedal through horse country in Maryland before arriving at the Capitol in Washington DC. Evening programs and dynamic speakers combine with world-class riding to make this charitable event exciting, informative, and fun. Climate Ride takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 45-70 miles per day of carefully planned routes on back roads that meander through the countryside. It’s challenging yet doable, and you have all day to make it to the next rest stop. The ride has followed the same route between the two cities since the first Climate Ride in 2008, although portions change from year to year. The Climate Ride support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and memorable. Registration: Open

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014
ArcGIS Introduction – Hands-on Mapping Course
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Env & Natural Resource Center Lab)
With a focus on layout and core functionality, this 12-hour evening program offers an overview of ArcGIS components, basic display and map querying functions, metadata browsing, file management, basic analysis techniques and map layout through practical, in-class exercises. Includes a one-year free trial of ArcGIS 10 software. More information:


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October 9-10, 2014
Passaic River Symposium VI 
Organized by the Passaic River Institute of Montclair State University

Montclair State University Conference Center
1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ
The sixth Passaic River Symposium will be an event featuring environmental management, watershed science, and the Lower Passaic River Restoration Project.  The symposium will include invited keynote speakers and plenary sessions/presentations on all aspects of environmental management challenges relevant to the Passaic River Basin and other regional watersheds.  This conference year will focus on sediment remediation, environmental monitoring results, flooding, ecosystem restoration, and environmental advocacy and public outreach efforts.  Projects in the upper River and tributary watersheds will also play a prominent role in this conference.  On-line registration and mail-in registration forms are now available here. Mail registrations must be postmarked by September 26, 2014. On-line registrations will be accepted until September 28, 2014.  Payment by credit card, check, or purchase order only.  Registration fees (includes continental breakfast, lunch and book of abstracts)

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October 21, 2014
NJDEP Case Study Training for LSRPs
8:30 a.m/ - 4:30 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Douglass Campus Center)
This interactive one-day workshop will engage Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) and other environmental professionals to work through a typical Site Remediation Program (SRP) Case starting with an ISRA triggering event, through all the phases of remediation (PA/SI/RI and RA), including applying for and implementing a remedial action permit and culminating in the issuance of an RAO. More information:

November 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 2014
ArcGIS Edition & Data Development
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Env & Natural Resource Center Lab)
For those familiar with ArcGIS mapping software, including its toolbars and functions of Arc Map and Arc Catalog, this 12-hour evening program will guide you through real world editing and data management processes that are vital for intermediate GIS users to know. Includes a one-year free trial of ArcGIS 10 software. More information:

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