The Glen Rock Environmental Commission consists of seven volunteer residents appointed by the Mayor. The role of the GREC is to inform residents about environmental matters and ways to help protect the environment, advise governing bodies on a variety of environmental issues, help explain programs and regulations of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, investigate environmental problems and offer solutions.
The Glen Rock Environmental Commission has spearheaded several projects and campaigns in town including:
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Bring Your Own Bag – Carry reusable shopping bags to avoid the waste caused by single-use plastic and paper bags.
Shop the Rock – Skip the malls and shop local. You’ll be a build a stronger community and reduce your auto emissions.
Community Garden – Grow your own organic vegetables and herbs at the Community Garden located on Main Street.
Anti-idling – Be considerate. Don’t idle your engine and we’ll all breathe easier.
Working together, we can keep Glen Rock a good place to come home to for future generations.
Join us on the Green Up Glen Rock Facebook page.
A Natural Filter Much of the land surrounding Diamond Brook was originally wetlands – marshy and boggy due to underground springs. Portions of undisturbed wetlands still remain behind Upper Faber Field, in the Arboretum and in Diamond Brook Park. Wetlands are crucial to the environment because they:
Diamond Brook is a critical element of Glen Rock's "green infrastructure." "Green infrastructure" refers to those natural system that provide vital functions that keep our community healthy, clean and safe. These natural systems include rivers, streams, forests, wetlands and open spaces. These natural features quietly and beautifully clean the we air breathe, manage flooding, cool our homes and neighborhoods, and provide many other functions. Green infrastructure must be thoughtfully maintained to function effectively. When neglected or destroyed, it must often be replaced by costly, man-made structures that usually do not function as well despite the far greater expense. Learn more
Glen Rock: Watershed Management Area 4
Glen Rock is located within Watershed Management Area 4, which includes the Lower Passaic River (from the Pompton River confluence downstream to the Newark Bay) and its tributaries, including the Saddle River. The WMA 4 drainage area is approximately 180 square miles and lies within portions of Passaic, Essex, Hudson, Morris and Bergen Counties. To learning more about Watershed Management Area 4, visit the WMA 4 page on the NJ DEP website.
Just check the ET - short for EvapoTranspiration – number on United Water’s website before watering. The number will tell you when and for how long you should water for optimal results with minimal water usage!
Check Today’s ET number!
United Water partners with local weather experts who help determine when your lawn needs watering. They measure water loss from soil through evaporation and moisture loss from plants through transpiration, and determine a daily ET number. That’s the optimal amount of water your lawn truly needs on any given day.
Your lawn stays green and healthy, and United Water says its customers save up to $200 a year by following the ET guidelines!
Environmental Resource Inventory
The Environmental Resources Inventory (ERI) presents an inventory and discussion (through text, tables and graphics) of the important natural resources and environmental features in the Borough of Glen Rock. This report is intended to provide a baseline snapshot of the Borough’s natural assets for measuring, evaluating, and prioritizing resource protection issues. The identification of significant environmental resources is a necessary first step toward ensuring their protection and preservation.
Environmental Impact Reports
When significant land use projects and site plans are proposed, the GREC researches the issue and prepares reports on the environmental considerations of these proposals. We share these reports with the relevant governing bodies, such as the Borough Council and the Planning Board. Our intent is to ensure that proposals adhere to: local and state environmental ordinances and regulations,goals set forth in Glen Rock's Master Plan, Conservation Plan, and other governing documents, and include as many environmental best practices as practicable. Our goal is keep Glen Rock a clean, healthy, affordable place to live today...and for generations to come. Recent GREC reports include:
Sustainable Land Use Pledge
Smart growth is a difficult and long term proposition. As a significant, but beginning step, Sustainable Land Use Pledges are designed to be a public affirmation of a municipality’s intention to align its land-use decision-making and policies to support smart growth and sustainable development.
The Borough of Glen Rock affirmed its commitment to support smart growth and sustainable development when it signed Glen Rock’s Sustainable Land Use Pledge.
To read Glen Rock’s Sustainable Land Use Pledge, click here. (NOTE TO GREC: This is the ordinance, not the pledge. It would make more sense to have the pledge here… can you please send me a copy?)
For more information, see www.sustainablejersey.com.Helpful Links: