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Glen Rock Environmental Commission

CONTACT INFORMATION
1 Harding Plaza, Glen Rock
Email: grec@glenrocknj.net

  • OVERVIEW
  • AGENDAS & MINUTES
  • GREEN UP GLEN ROCK
  • STORM WATER
  • LAWNS
  • RESOURCES
PDF Download the GREC Report on Artificial Turf.pdf
PDFDownload the Updated GREC Recommendation.pdf

Meeting Dates: The GREC meets at 7:30 at the Municipal Building on the third Tuesday of each month. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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:

  • Bronze-level Certification in the Sustainable Jersey program for municipalities
  • A Green Film Festival featuring "Gasland", "Tapped" and "Bag It"
  • A free, hands-on Bicycle Skills Clinic for young children
  • A free Go Green for Kids recycling education event featuring a magician
  • Position papers on the impact of a Turf Field in Lower Faber Field, the Turf Field, the impact of a turf field at the Glen Rock High School, and recommended best practices for stormwater management and sustainability for the Recycling Center renovation Shop the Rock: a shop local and bring your own bag initiative
  • Green Up, Glen Rock: a 4-point pledge residents can take to reduce their carbon footprint
  • Revitalizing Diamond Brook Park
For questions or additional information, contact the Glen Rock Environmental Commission at grec@glenrocknj.net.

For a fuller description of the Glen Rock Environmental Commission accomplishments, read our Annual Report.

Date
Event
Agenda
Minutes
11-18-14 GREC Agenda
10-21-14 GREC Agenda
10-21-14 GREC Minutes
09-16-14 GREC Agenda
09-16-14 GREC Minutes
08-19-14 GREC Agenda
08-19-14 GREC Minutes
07-15-14 GREC Minutes
07-15-14 GREC Agenda
06-17-14 GREC Agenda
06-17-14 GREC Minutes
05-20-14 GREC Agenda
05-20-14 GREC Minutes
04-15-14 GREC Agenda
04-15-14 GREC Minutes
03-18-14 GREC Minutes
03-18-14 GREC Agenda
02-18-14 GREC Agenda
02-18-14 GREC Minutes
01-21-14 GREC Agenda
11-19-13 GREC Agenda
10-15-13 GREC Minutes
09-17-13 GREC Agenda
08-20-13 GREC Minutes
07-16-13 GREC Public Meeting
05-21-13 GREC Agenda
05-21-13 GREC Public Meeting
04-16-13 GREC Public Meeting
03-19-13 GREC Public Meeting
03-19-13 GREC Minutes
02-19-13 GREC Public Meeting
01-15-13 GREC Public Meeting
11-19-12 GREC Public Meeting
10-16-12 GREC Agenda
10-16-12 GREC Public Meeting
09-18-12 GREC Public Meeting
08-21-12 GREC Public Meeting
07-17-12 GREC Public Meeting
05-15-12 GREC Public Meeting
04-17-12 GREC Public Meeting
Green Up Glen Rock, is a town-wide initiative led by the GREC.  We team up with local merchants, residents, schools and organizations to conduct projects that will help make Glen Rock a cleaner, greener, healthier place to live. (And, you will probably end up saving money, too!) Some of these recent projects are:

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.

PDF DOWNLOAD BROCHURE - This brochure contains a map of Glen Rock's Arboretum which indicates the identity and location of a large number of trees. It also includes a list of trees recommended for planting in homeowners backyards!

Storm Water
Rain washes pollutants into storm drains and directly into our lakes, rivers and the ocean. So what can you do?
  • Recycle used oil at certified facilities and maintain your vehicle to prevent leaks.
  • Follow the directions on the fertilizer bag, do not apply before it rains and use only when necessary.
  • Take your car to a car wash where the water gets treated and recycled
  • Properly dispose of your pet's waste by flushing it down the toilet or by placing it in a bag and throwing it in the trash.
For more information on ways you can protect our water supply, visit Clean Water NJ.

Diamond Brook
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:

  • Help control flooding
  • Improve water quality
  • Replenish drinking water
  • Provide critical habitat
  • Allow education and recreation opportunities. Learn more about Diamond Brook and the role it serves in managing storm water in Glen Rock.
Click here to view the Diamond Brook Brochure


Green Infrastructure

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.

Watering Your Lawn
United Water’s lawn-watering program allows residents to maintain healthy yards without wasting water.

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!

PDF DOWNLOAD BROCHURE - This brochure contains a map of Glen Rock's Arboretum which indicates the identity and location of a large number of trees. It also includes a list of trees recommended for planting in homeowners backyards!

Glen Rock Conservation Plan

The Municipal Land Use Law provides requires the Borough have a conservation plan as part of its municipal master plan.  As such, the GREC worked with the Borough to establish a Conservation Plan that focuses on preserving the Borough’s natural resources to allow for the continuation of natural processes and to ensure those resources are available for generations to come. To read the Borough of Glen Rock’s Conservation Plan, click here.

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.

To read Glen Rock’s Environmental Resource Inventory, follow the links below:

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.

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