13 September 2017

Strategies for Protecting the Navesink River

Turning Data Into Action 
Strategies for Protecting the Navesink River

Monday, September 18
6:30 pm-8:30pm
(Registration begins at 6:00 pm)
Huber Wood Environmental Center
25 Brown's Dock Road
(Locust) Middletown Township

Join the professional staff from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program and ANJEC Staff:
  • Ensure new development is in compliance with stormwater management regulations.
  • Review checklists for site plan applications and training on the 
    E-Tool: Asking Right Questions in Stormwater Review.
  • Learn to take data from collection tools such as Navesink River pathogen pollution reports or  Rutgers's Impervious Coverage Assessment Action and implement changes through ordinances.
  • Township staff, officials, planning board/environmental commission members and interested public invited.
Please register by September 12: 
Registration fee: $20 (includes light supper and workshop materials)
If your commission/committee is on the ANJEC Workshop Plan, there is no charge to attend.  To register: email ANJEC or call 973-539-7547.
Funding for this program is provided by 
The Mary Owen Borden Founation

24 July 2017

The manholes of Prospect Park

In a wonderful bit of writing, Karrie Jacobs turns the mundane discovery of a manhole into an exploration of the greatness of Olmsted's Prospect Park. The story wraps around to talk to Christian Zimmerman who is helping keep the park faithful to the original Olmstedian vision. Finally, Jacobs revisits something Olmsted worked to explain to the city - is it an urban park or a rural landscape?

Olmsted’s answer, in short, is that it’s a “special type of rural landscape,” one made specifically to be used by an unusually large number of people—in 2017, about 10 million a year. As Olmsted argued, “to permanently secure a high degree of rural charm in the public ground of a large city, special preparations are required.” Indeed they are.

Take a quick visit to Curbed to read the story.

17 July 2017

innovative projects

The Architect's Newspaper recently published a list of "Six innovative American projects you should know about." The most subtle solution (by Joan Nassauer) seems to be the one that is most likely to accomplish its goals. A couple seem so grand as to improve their chances at eventual (or near future) failure. Time well tell.

14 July 2017

The bobcat economy

According to the Washington Post, one wild bobcat in Yellowstone has been estimated to generate more than $300,000 of economic activity. This does not mean that he could be sold for his pelt, which has a market value of $315. instead, as the article explains, he gets people to spend real money:

"By crunching costs, from filling up a gas tank and guide fees to gear purchases and revenue earned from photo sales, Elbroch and his colleagues found that the Madison River bobcat brings in well over a quarter of a million dollars each year."

What is your cat doing for you?

(BTW, NJ fans will note that they slip in a reference to Island Beach State Park)

12 July 2017

New parks tool

The Greenprint system now has a major hub supporting park efforts in a variety of settings. Next City reports on the Greenprint Resources Hub which has been developed through combined efforts of the Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land and the Conservation Fund. The site is focused on the benefits of parks, and offers to help "Make the case for conservation with a greenprint".
The Greenprint Resource Hub allows interested parties to explore case studies (like the one in Hawaii), locate greenprints by geography, review best practices, and, perhaps most importantly, explore various funding strategies and policies that help enable greenprints.
While it seems like it is targeted towards park departments and NGOs, students will find it very helpful for projects, too.