The Chester Township Environmental Commission represents the residents and their long-term interests as local environmental advocates. The Commission works toward these goals by: advising the Township Council, the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment on a range of environmental issues that affect the Township. The Commission advocates and participates directly in open space preservation, informs residents of environmental issues, promotes environmental education and works with other regional organizations to meet these goals.
The Environmental Commission is involved with a wide range of activities that may typically include the following:
- Disseminate information to Township residents
- Respond to resident questions and requests for information
- Apply for community grants to enhance Township parks and open space
- Implement programs to control invasive plants in Township parks
- Review and comment on proposed construction plans that have been submitted to the Township for approval
- Present awards for outstanding environmental projects at the Chester Science Fair
The Chester Township Environmental Commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00pm at the Chester Township Municipal Building. The public is welcome to attend.
As you plan for your garden, please remember to plant for the monarch butterflies!
Chester Township is a Sustainable Jersey Certified Community
Chester Township achieved Sustainable Jersey certification at the Silver level in 2016. Certified towns are an outstanding group of municipalities that are making important contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey. To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Chester Township had to complete a host of sustainability actions. Sustainable Jersey is a voluntary program that requires no fee for certification.
To get involved with Chester Township’s Green Team and sustainability initiatives, email kpotter@ChesterTownship.org
To participate in Sustainable Jersey free workshops and events held across the state, visit www.SustainableJersey.com
Watch out for the Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is an Asian beetle that infests and kills Ash trees. It has been spreading throughout eastern North America. While we haven’t detected these insects in Chester yet, they have been found in nearby Somerset County. Residents are asked to be aware of this potential problem. Please click on ‘invasive plants and animals’ folder at bottom of page for detailed information.
Mobile app for reporting environmental incidents
The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a pilot mobile application enabling the public to use smartphones and other mobile devices to conveniently report non-emergency environmental incidents. The pilot WARN NJDEP mobile app complements the DEP’s telephone hotline, 877- WARNDEP, which has been in operation for many years. The app can be downloaded through Google Play, the Apple app store and the Microsoft app store. Enter WARN NJDEP in the search bar. The pilot app utilizes GPS technology for pinpoint location of environmental incidents and also allows users to submit photos as part of their reports to the DEP. Click here for more information.
Links to Environmental Organizations in NJ:
- New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team
- Great Swamp Watershed Association
- Morris County Park Commission
- New Jersey Audubon Society
- New Jersey Parks and Forests
- Raritan Headwaters Association
- Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Nature Preserve
- Stormwater Education
- The Nature Conservancy – New Jersey Field Office is located at: 200 Pottersville Road, Chester, NJ 07930 – (908) 879-7262