Friday, May 3, 2013
18 of 20 largest sewage spills in the northeast were reported in New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey saw approximately 5.1 billion gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage flow into waterways in the weeks and months following Superstorm Sandy, according to new data released by Climate Central. In total, the eight states hardest-hit by the storm had 11 billion gallons flow into canals, rivers and bays. "To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The vast majority of that sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey in the days and weeks during and after the storm," the Climate Central report said. Data included in the report was compiled from state agencies and …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Environmental New Jersey is calling for efforts to reduce carbon pollution.
On an interactive map of the United States that records the number of extreme weather events that have taken place over the last several years, New Jersey might as well be the black eye. The red, purples and magentas that color each of New Jersey’s 21 counties make up the wrong end of the weather-related disaster spectrum, marking the entire state as a recurring extreme weather target. Should nothing be done to curb pollution and carbon emissions, a recent report from Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center details, expect that trend to continue. Just off of the beach in Long Branch Tuesday, with temperatures coincidentally hovering around an unseasonable 80 degrees, several officials gathered to discuss the new report, called “…
Monday, April 1, 2013
A meeting will be held with company executives Friday at their Morristown headquarters.
With the hope of getting answers about JCP&L's poor response in the restoration of power for customers in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye has scheduled a meeting with officials at the company's Morristown headquarters. The meeting will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to noon for anyone interested in speaking to JCP&L officials about their response, or lack thereof, following the hurricane, and their plans for change in the future. Limaye initially started a petition to get JCP&L out of Bridgewater about a week after the hurricane, and also created a Facebook group to bring together people from across the state who were disappointed by the performance of the power company following Superstorm Sandy. The …
Friday, March 29, 2013
124 had applied FEMA grants to help recover from damage incurred during Hurricane Sandy.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it will give assistance to 20 percent of Chatham residents who applied for help recovering from Superstorm Sandy. According to a spreadsheet from the government agency, 99 homeowners and 25 renters from the zip code 07928 applied for assistance after the historic storm. Of those applicants, 20 homeowners and two renters will receive grants from the federal agency. FEMA divided owner applicants by income ranges. According to the spreadsheet: Damage to these homes averaged $1,628 in assessed total costs. No homes were assessed at more than $10,000 in damage. FEMA divides renter applications into moderate, major and substantial damage. Of the renter applicants, the two had substantial …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Mike Kelly of the Environmental Commission said about 65 people came to the first class.
The Chatham Township Environmental Commission had about 65 people come to its first sapling class sale Saturday. Mike Kelly of the Environmental Commission said, "We had a great turnout on Saturday." Those who came ordered about 125 trees, Kelly said. "At this pace the Sapling Sale should be a huge success," Kelly said. The commission ordered 400 trees for residents to use to replace trees damaged or felled in superstorm Sandy. There are still two remaining classes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Monday. Anyone interested in ordering a sapling tree must attend one of the two classes. All meetings will take place at the Chatham Township Municipal Building. Each sapling costs between $25 and $30, depending on the breed. The commission ordered …
Friday, March 22, 2013
The township's Environmental Commission will hold three meetings in the coming days for residents who want to replace trees on their property.
The Chatham Township Environmental Commission will hold a meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday for residents who wish to replace trees destroyed in Superstorm Sandy with young saplings. Mike Kelly of the Environmental Commission said the commission teamed up with the Morris County Soil Conservation District to buy about 400 saplings wholesale. "The intent is to help our local residents not just replace the trees, but also educate them about what trees logically should be planted where, so we don't get the damage to the wires, the damage to the homes, the trees falling on the roads that we all saw after Hurricane Sandy," Kelly said. The district and commission chose species for the sale that work with the weather conditions of Chatham Township. Some …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The $61,000 improvements would include the display system, additional electrical outlets and upgrades, smart technology and laptop computers.
Chatham Borough is looking to make $61,000 in technological advancements to the council chambers at the Chatham Borough Municipal Building to make it the Office of Emergency Management’s emergency operating center. Steve Williams, deputy coordinator of the Chatham OEM, argued the OEM’s case for including the technology in the 2013 municipal budget during Monday’s council meeting. Williams said the proposed upgrades would allow all departments to gather and manage information “in real time.” It would also allow anybody to monitor the police and fire mobile feeds from the Morris County Communication Center, update and maintain maps of power outages and street closures and look at up to two screens at once. About $45,000 of the projected cost…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
All proceeds from merchandise and beer sales benefit storm charities.
Wednesday, February 20
Pub dwellers can raise a pint and raise money for superstorm Sandy victims with the debut of FU Sandy draft. The hybrid white ale (the FU stands for Forever Unloved, of course) is a special brew created by New Jersey's own Flying Fish Brewing Co. All proceeds are dedicated to Sandy-related charities, and Flying Fish hopes to raise at least $50,000 from beer and merchandise sales. Flying Fish founder Gene Muller said the brewery "knew immediately that we wanted to do something to help" after Sandy struck, the Huffington Post reports. "Every single aspect of this beer, from the man-hours spent brewing it to the hops used to season it to the kegs that will contain it, has been donated so every cent brought in goes to superstorm Sandy victims…
The memorial was heavily damaged in Hurricane Sandy.
When Superstorm Sandy blew into town, it caused damage all over. One piece of the town hit hard was the 9/11 Memorial in Chatham Borough's Memorial Park. "A branch fell on the lights and punched the lights out," Dan Smith of the Chatham Borough 9/11 Memorial Advisory Committee said. "Two of the cables supporting the doves broke, so we have to restring those." The steel cables which held up the seven doves—one for each of the seven years that passed between the terrorist attacks and the year the memorial was built—were snapped back and forth over and over during the hurricane until they broke and the doves fell. The committee must restring those doves with new cable, and install new hardware to keep the cables in place. There was also wind …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Natural Disaster Designation announced for Morris, Sussex, Passaic and Warren counties.
Saturday, February 16
Federal relief is available for farmers in Morris, Sussex, Passaic and Warren counties, as they are among 14 New Jersey counties covered by a Natural Disaster Designation. Gov. Chris Christie today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted the designation in recognition of crop damage sustained from June to November, when the state suffered from drought, a nor'easter, flash flooding and superstorm Sandy. “Superstorm Sandy not only impacted our shoreline, but caused an immense amount of damage for our farmers, who already had suffered losses due to severe weather throughout the season,” Christie said. “While federal aid is already being provided through a variety of programs, now farmers will have additional federal …