Saturday, May 24, 2014

Enviro-Events Calendar for May 24, 2014

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

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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

May 31, 2014

Deadline for Sustainable Raritan River Awards Nominations
Do you know a person, organization, municipality, county or regional group that has helped make the Raritan River region a better place to live and work?  Nominate them for the 2014 Sustainable Raritan River Awards.  We are accepting nominations for awards in seven categories:  Government Innovation, Public Education, Stewardship, Public Access, Leadership, Sustainable Business, and Remediation and Redevelopment.  Make a nomination before May 31st by sending the nominee’s name and contact information, a description of the activities that support your candidate for recognition, support materials  (such as photographs, articles or other media), and your contact information via email to Michael Catania ( or Bill Kibler (  Or Visit our Website at for more information. And don’t forget to register through our Website for our 6th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference and Awards Ceremony on June 13th

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June 2, 2014

Passaic River Institute
Montclair State University
8 a.m. to Noon

University Hall Room 1010
The Passaic River Institute hosts a morning dialogue of Q&As on the lower 8 miles Passaic River Focus Feasibility Study. Invited guests are Congressman Bill Pascrell and representatives of the USEPA and NJDEP. The meeting is open to the public. Free parking on Red Hawk Parking Deck Level 5. For more information, call: 973-655-7648

June 5, 2014

Introduction to Wetland Identification
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
Basking Ridge, NJ
Virtually all activities conducted in and around wetlands are regulated – from excavating underground storage tanks to soil compaction for paving a driveway or patio to pruning of overgrown vegetation – and violators are subject to hefty penalties and fines from the NJ-DEP. Knowing if a wetland is on your property or a site on which you work is incredibly important! But how do you determine if a wetland is present? Why not educate yourself? Take our class to get the basic tools you need to identify a wetland's presence. Once you make a determination, you will know if you need to go further and hire an environmental professional to evaluate the site and assist you with the permit process. More information here.  

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 or

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 11, 2014

New Jersey Red Tape Review Commission

2:00 p.m.
Lenfell Hall - located in Hennessy Hall (also known as The Mansion) 
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Those providing testimony before the Commission are encouraged to register and provide a written summary or copy of the testimony before the meeting by emailing the Commission at or by telephoning (609) 984-1278 to reserve a place in the speakers’ lineup.   If applicable, the Commission requests that witnesses provide the citations to the specific provision(s) of the New Jersey Administrative Code that they propose to discuss.  To accommodate all attendees, commentary is limited to 5 minutes per speaker. Attendees are encouraged, if possible, to submit written comments in advance to

June 13, 2014
The 6th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference and Awards Ceremony
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rutgers’ Cook Campus Student Center
59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

At this year’s conference we explore the theme of Valuing Natural Capital and Ecosystems Services.  We will meet those who are working on valuing natural capital and ecosystem service concepts, learn how to use such valuations in planning decisions, and discuss how these valuations have changed ecological outcomes.  Learn how these practices can be applied to help organizations, businesses and local governments make better land use decisions.  CEUs have been requested for Professional Planners, Professional Engineers, Certified Floodplain Managers, Licensed Landscape Architects, Public Works Managers, Certified Foresters and Shade Tree Commissioners. Register now through our Website!  For more information or to secure exhibit space contact Sara Malone at or (848) 932-2720.  For conference sponsorships, contact Dr. Judy Shaw at (848) 923‑2711 or

June 16-17, 2014

Wetland Construction: Principles and Techniques
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bordentown, NJ
There are five basic steps in the process of developing a successful wetland construction plan. This course describes and develops all of these: Planning your project, Selecting your construction model, Preparing your water budget & hydrograph, Determining proper vegetation, and manipulating soil. More information here

June 17, 2014
Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Rules
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  
Learn the ins and outs of the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Rules. Participants will learn when and how to apply for Letters of Interpretation, General Permits, Individual Freshwater Wetlands and State Open Water Fill Permits, as well as Transition Area Waivers. More information here.

June 17, 2014

Sustainable Business Initiative Meeting 
1 – 3:30 pm
NJDEP, Trenton NJ  (Directions)
Natalie Teear from PricewaterhouseCoopers who will talk about the Dow Jones Sustainability Index – what it is, how it works and who is using it.  She will be followed by Gregory Butler from Becton Dickinson who will discuss how to create an effective sustainable supply chain.   Barry Dambach from Alcatel-Lucent will join them at the end for a panel discussion where they will answer your questions. If you plan on attending in person, please confirm by replying to Please include your name, affiliation and contact information.

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 23, 2014
Highlands Development Credit Bank
4 p.m.
100 North Road, Route 513,
Chester, New Jersey.
The agenda for this public meeting will be posted on the Highlands Council website at

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.
More information

August 3-7, 2014
Stormwater Conference and Expo
The Oregon Convention Center

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September 8-9, 2014

Wetland Construction: Planning and Functional Design
8:30am - 5:00pm
Bordentown, NJ
As state and federal wetland mitigation standards evolve away from an acre-for-acre approach to a focus on replacing wetland functions, your understanding of the wetland's "wet part" has never been more critical.
Building on your understanding of wetland functions, this course will guide you on the many factors required to plan and design a functional wetland with an emphasis on two key components that drive success: DDT (depth, duration & timing) of site hydrology and the landscape position. More information here.

September 18-19, 2014
Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation – South
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Millville, NJ
Plants are the most obvious clues to wetland boundaries. This two-day field course will teach you how to draw a wetland line by identifying a variety of upland and wetland plant species. This is a field-based course, so please dress accordingly for the outdoors. More information 

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 14-17, 2014

Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Basking Ridge, NJ
Learn the methods of the experts! This four-day course will introduce you to delineating wetlands using the Federal Interagency Wetland Delineation Manual, which is required for use in New Jersey. Techniques taught will also be applicable to individuals interested in using the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual. Learn how to recognize key indicators of wetlands (hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils and other signs of wetland hydrology) and how to use them to follow the delineation methods outlined in the manual.  Immediately apply criteria learned in the classroom while performing wetland determinations during team field exercises. More information 

October 15,  2014
Introduction to Wetland Identification
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Basking Ridge, NJ
In this one-day combination classroom and field course, a nationally recognized wetlands expert will review the skills you need to identify freshwater wetlands and their boundaries and introduce you to wetland plant identification and soil recognition. You will learn: Why wetlands are important; How they differ; What indicators are used for wetland identification, and About the current regulations in New Jersey.You'll also find out how to access and use government maps in order to identify wetlands on your property, on lands you may be interested in purchasing or on properties on which you conduct environmental, landscaping or other site development or remediation work. You will also get a simple introduction to the practice of wetland delineation (the technical skill of determining a wetlands precise boundaries) --- all in one day! More information here.

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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