Thursday, June 12, 2014

Enviro-Events Calendar for June 13, 2014

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

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June 12, 2104
Hearing on impact of Rahway Arch Project on NY and NJ Shorelines
1 p.m.
Committee Room
City Hall
New York NY 

The Committee on Environmental Protection and Committee on Waterfronts will hold a hearing tomorrow on the Rahway Arch Project which involves 
capping a site in Carteret, NJ along  the Rahway River, previously used by the former American Cyanamid plant. Soil Safe, a Maryland based soil recycling company would cap the contaminated site by importing 1.5 million tons of petroleum contaminated soil, piling it up to 29 feet in a major flood plain along the Rahway River. Staten Island officials including US Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) have expressed their opposition to the Rahway Arch Project and have urged the US EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers to reject it. Officials say the project would result in millions of tons of contaminated soil being dumped within a 100-year-old flood plain off the Arthur Kill, threatening not only the shores of Staten Island, but New Jersey as well. 

June 12, 2014
New Jersey Pinelands Commission's Monthly Public Meeting
6 p.m.
Pinelands Commission Offices
15 Springfield Road
Pemberton, NJ
 Meeting agenda

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June 13, 2014  
"Places that Work"
PlanSmart's 3rd Annual Regional Planning Summit
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
War Memorial
Trenton, NJ
Strategically situated in the Northeast Corridor, New Jersey is a prime location for businesses with its well-educated workforce, enviable transportation system, renowned education institutions, and well-connected ports.  Yet we are lagging behind most states in recovering from the great recession. "Places that Work" will bring together nearly 150 experts in development and local decision making fields to explore how our current regulatory systems might be changed to achieve better outcomes: to stimulate the economy, protect the environment, and create more vibrant communities served by convenient and reliable public transportation. 
The Summit will open with an engaging presentation by Jeffrey Otteau, President of Otteau Valuation, "Does Our Regulatory System Support an Innovation Economy?" A response panel, a community development issues panel, and an infrastructure investment panel will provide ideas from fourteen experts, then all attendees will be given an opportunity in breakout groups to suggest strategies that can become a package of reforms that PlanSmart NJ can advance. The Summit will conclude with a Keynote presentation by Stephen Ezell of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and co-author with Dr. Robert Atkinson of the book, Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, September 2012). Mr. Ezell offer remarks for our consideration in helping New Jersey remain one of the nation's leaders in an innovation-based economy. Registration information at or call 609-393-9434

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

Using Recycled Ground Tire Rubber in Highway Construction and Maintenance  
Webinar: 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
This webinar will discuss the innovative use of recycled ground tire rubber (GTR) in highway construction and maintenance projects-particularly in hot asphalt mixes. An expert in the development application of asphalt-based materials will discuss his experiences and resulting benefits with using recycled rubber in asphalt. Speaker: Greg Brouse, Quality and Process Manager, Eastern Industries, Winfield PA                 REGISTER NOW! Click Here   Learn More About The Speaker Here. 

June 17, 2014
Utilizing natural systems to create coastal resiliency
Monmouth County Greentable panel to discuss projects 
9 a.m. to noon
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center331 Georgia Tavern Road
Howell, NJ 07731Monmouth County residents are invited to attend and hear about the potential role of wetland and conservation banks for wetland restoration and ecosystem resilience, salt marsh restoration along Ware Creek and Fisherman's Cove Coastal Dune and Maritime Forest Restoration. After the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an optional boat tour or guided trail walk of the Manasquan Reservoir. Participating in the discussion will be representatives from the Ecologic Resources Group, Naval Weapons Station Earle and the Monmouth County Park System. The Monmouth County Greentable is a periodic meeting of individuals, groups and government representatives who work together to preserve open spaces and farmlands. The group presents information about past, present and future local preservation projects as a way to share experiences, expectations and ideas. For more information, about the Greentable, visit the County website at To reserve a seat at the Monmouth County Greentable, contact Ann Waters at the Monmouth County Division of Planning at 732-431-7460 ext. 7473 or by email by June 10.

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 20, 2014
Tackling New Jersey's Water Woes: What's Next?

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 

June 24, 2014
CIANJ's Site Remediation Practitioners Forum

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
GEI Consultants, Inc.

18000 Horizon Way, Suite 200

Mt. Laurel, NJ
Register here

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

June 26, 2014
PADEP Public Hearing on Chemical Contamination Cleanup
6:30 p.m.
Aspinwall Borough building
217 Commercial Avenue
Aspinwall, PA.
 An on-going investigation by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) indicates that a residential area adjacent to the former National Torch Tip plant in O'Hara Township and Aspinwall Borough may have been impacted by industrial chemical contamination. The investigation into the former Torch Tip facility found tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE) in soil and groundwater. Testing also shows evidence of indoor air contamination at a vacant property located next door to the former plant. The extent of the contamination in other nearby buildings will not be known until the investigation is complete. To reduce the buildup of the chemical vapors inside buildings in the vicinity, DEP is proposing to install special systems designed to draw vapors from underneath basement floors. At the meeting, DEP personnel will outline the investigation and the mitigation plan.Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide testimony at the hearing.  Those wishing to make comments should register in writing with Community Relations Coordinator, John Poister in care of DEP’s Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or by phone at 412-442-4203  before noon on the day of the hearing. There will also be an opportunity to register on-site the evening of the hearing. Those unable to attend the hearing should submit written comments to Edward Litwin, Project Manager, Department of Environmental Protection, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. The public comment period for the cleanup plan will close August 9. Under the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, DEP has been conducting on-going soil, air and groundwater sampling since 2011. For more information, visit

July 10, 2014
New Jersey Technology Council
Primus Green Energy has a fully operational pilot plant located at its Hillsborough, N.J., headquarters as well as a 100,000 gallon-per-year continuous production demonstration plant . The existing pilot plant features both biomass gasification technology and natural gas reforming, as well as Primus’ proprietary syngas-to-gasoline (STG+) technology, which have produced high quality, 93-octane gasoline and chemical samples for testing purposes. Join us for a tour of both facilities and learn about Primus Green Energy's journey from concept to demonstration stage. Register here

July 30, 2014
CIANJ's Environmental Business Council Roundtable
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

PSE&G Training & Development Center

234 Pierson Ave., Edison, NJ
Register here

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 7-8, 2014
Sustainable Property Transactions: Closing Deals, Capturing Market Opportunities
Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
One Dock Street
2nd and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106 
This RTM conference zeroes in on deal flow of  corporate and local government property types, business tactics and strategies for reducing the uncertainty caused by environmental risk and closing the deals employing creative environmental risk management approaches. The Conference will also delve into facilitating dynamic energy transactions and sustainable brownfield redevelopments that include the siting and financing of renewable energy/clean technology, the business, regulatory and environmental risk management issues pertinent to hydraulic fracturing and shale gas production and the opportunities and risks of performing sustainable/green remediation at complex sites including former manufacturing sites, defense sites and port terminals. If there is only one conference you can attend this year this is the ONE that will allow practitioners to capitalize on business strategies and tactics for closing corporate real estate transactions where environmental risk gets properly managed. More information here

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)

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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