The Chester Township Environmental Commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:30pm at the Chester Township Municipal Building. The public is welcome to attend.
- Andy Judd, Chairman (Term Expires: 12/31/2019)
- Peter Maddi, Vice Chairman; Planning Board Liaison; Green Team Liaison (Term Expires: 12/31/2018)
- Sarah Jane Noll, Secretary (Term Expires: 12/31/2017)
- Steve Moersdorf (Term Expires: 12/31/2019)
- Robert Coradini (Term Expires: 12/31/2017)
- Edmund Grasso (Term Expires: 12/31/2019)
- Robert Curry (Term Expires: 12/31/2018)
- John Geismar, Alternate #1 (Term Expires: 12/31/2017)
- Alison Dahl, Alternate #2 (Term Expires: 12/31/2017)
- Michael Presutti, Student Member
- Matt Presutti, Student Member
- Jacki Spinelli, Council Liaison
- Julie Gause, Green Team coordinator
Chester Township Receives Recycling Award
Sarah Jane Noll was recognized at a luncheon given by the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority. She was given the ‘Stellar Recycling Coordinator’ award in recognition of her efforts to encourage recycling in Chester Township. Congratulations, Sarah!
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.
Get the Lead Out
For some of us living in older homes, lead poisoning is still a real threat to drinking water. Lead found in tap water usually comes from the corrosion of older fixtures and pipes or from lead-based solder that connects pipes. It is important to test your water for lead. The EPA action level for lead in drinking water is 15 parts per billion. Anything above that level can cause damage to the brain, nervous system and red blood cells. Children and pregnant women are especially susceptible to the effects of lead exposure.
Lead levels increase when no one has used water and it sits in pipes and faucets for several hours. In the short term you can lower the lead in your water by running the tap until it’s cold and only use cold tap water for cooking. Be sure to use the dispelled water for household cleaning or to water plants. For a long term solution, ask your plumber to investigate your system.
During the spring and fall months, the Raritan Headwaters Association partners with communities to offer residents the opportunity to test their drinking water for, not just lead, but other contaminants such as coliform bacteria and arsenic. Learn more at (908) 234-1852, ext. 401.
Stream Clean Up 2016
Each year the Chester Township Environmental Commission sponsors a project to commemorate Earth Day. In April of 2016, Chester Boy Scout Troop 9 participated in a clean-up of Tiger Brook, the designated project for Earth Day 2016.
On April 16, 2016 Scoutmaster Greg Burns and Assistant Troop Leader Marc Hudson directed a total of six scouts in removing hundreds of pounds of trash from the headwaters of Tiger Brook. The Chester Township Environmental Commission, on behalf of all of our residents, congratulates all who participated. Troop 9 exemplifies the idea of thinking globally and acting locally!
In addition, a team of volunteers from the Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Association removed over 1000 pounds of scrap metal and other debris from the West Morris Greenway Trail in Chester, along the Black River. Thanks to all of the volunteers for giving their time to help beautify Chester!
Links to Environmental Organizations in NJ:
- New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team
- Chester Integrated Trails Plan
- 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