Be Water Smart and Learn Strategies for Water Efficient Living

The EGT invites you to save the date and join us for the next session of our Environmental Insights Series at the June meeting on Wednesday, the 28th when we will have a presentation about water conservation  and protection issues and how to become a better steward of nature on your property.  Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association representatives Ed DiFiglia, a Municipal Policy Specialist, and Brittany Musolino, the River-Friendly Coordinator, will provide background on the issues and speak about the Watershed’s River Friendly Program

“Water is our most fragile and precious resource. Essential to all forms of life and to our economies, our water supplies face a myriad of threats from pollution to climate change. Keeping our water clean, safe and healthy in the face of these challenges is the heart of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s mission.”1

While much has been done since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972 which reduced direct discharges of untreated sewage and industrial pollution into our water bodies to improve the health of our nation’s rivers, the problems facing our waterways are still challenging.  Threats such as pesticides and fertilizers, automobile waste products, pet waste, road salt are just a few sources of pollution.   Too much impervious surface contributes to groundwater run off.  The twin threats of climate change,  deluges or droughts contribute additional stresses on management of our water resources.

The presentation will provide an overview of the following:

  • Overview of current state and local drought conditions
  • How to convert a home landscape to be water smart
  • Plants for water smart landscapes
  • River Friendly program

The Watershed‘s River-Friendly Certification Program is designed to help individuals, businesses, schools and golf courses contribute to a clean water and a healthy environment thru education and improvement of land stewardship practices. The four cornerstone goals of the program are to reduce pollution, conserve water, restore habitat for wildlife and educate the public about becoming better environmental stewards. Please be sure to join us for an evening that will galvanize all into action!

Presenters

Brittany Musolino Biography

Brittany Musolino runs the River-Friendly Certification Programs for the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, which involves working with landowners to improve their landscape practices and stormwater management. Brittany earned her B.S. in Human Ecology from Rutgers University and completed a term in the AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Program before joining the Watershed Association’s Science & Stewardship Department.

Date: Wednesday, June 28
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: ESCC, Community Room, 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing

  1. https://thewatershed.org/water/

Save Water and Money at the EGT’s Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop

Learn more about water conservation and how to harvest rainwater from your roof and divert it for on-site usage in the landscape.  The Ewing Green Team, in partnership with the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador program, will teach area residents how to build a rain barrel at a workshop this spring.  The fee for the program is $10.  We have obtained 30 free food grade barrels and have costed out the hardware for each barrel at $10.  Registration is limited so be sure to register early.    Each workshop will run approximately 2 hours.  Sign up today.

Event: Rain Barrel Workshop
Dates:  Saturday, June 3rd
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center, Community Room
Cost: $10 per rain barrel

Installation of rain barrels in your yard will enable you to take an active role in reducing flooding and pollution in local waterways.  Install rain barrels under your gutter’s downspout to harvest rain water from your roof. Each rain barrel holds approximately 50 gallons. You can install them singly on hook them up in tandem to reserve even more water. Use the water to save money and save water when you irrigate your gardens with it during times of low rain.  In case you miss the workshop or are unable to attend, rain barrels are also for sale at local garden centers for approximately $100 give or take.

2016 NJ Drought Status Update

In the heels of extremely dry spring and summer seasons and with drinking water reservoirs plummeting to approximately 50 percent capacity in North Jersey, the NJDEP updated the state’s drought status following a public hearing on October 21st with an executive order signed by Commissioner Bob Martin.  Drought warning were issues for 14 counties in northern, central and northern coastal New Jersey including: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.  In addition, the following counties are under drought watch: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem.  All but three counties — Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland — are under a formal drought designation.

The Administrative Order signed by Commissioner Martin establishes a formal process for the DEP to work with water suppliers in affected regions to ensure no single water supplier or region faces a significant shortfall should dry weather and high customer demand continue.

The goal of the drought warning is to preserve and balance available water supplies in an effort to avert more serious water shortages in the future. The warning also elevates the need for residents and businesses in impacted counties to reduce their water use.

The DEP offers the following tips to reduce water use:

  • At this time of year, it is appropriate to let your lawns go dormant.
  • Turn sprinkler systems off automatic timers.
  • Use a hose with a hand-held nozzle to water flowers and shrubs, or let them go dormant.
  • Use a broom to sweep the sidewalk, rather than a hose.
  • Wash vehicles with a bucket and do not run the hose more than necessary, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • To save water at home, fix leaky faucets and pipes. Consider replacing your toilet with a low-flow version; this can save around 11,000 gallons per year.
  • Upgrade your showerhead to low-flow versions, which can save some 7,700 gallons per year.
  • Upgrade your faucets or install faucet aerators; this can save some 16,000 gallons per year.

For more state water supply status information and to view the Administrative Order, visit: www.njdrought.org

For more detailed information on water conservation technologies and interesting facts, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/conserve.htm

 

 

A New Year’s Resolution – Saving Water at Home

Watch these videos from the New Jersey Watersavers program at Rutgers University to get your New Year off to a good start. Save $$$ at the same time as you save water.

Saving Water is Saving Money: Inside the Home

Saving Water is Saving Money: Outside the Home