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 Recycle@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.
Stream Clean Up
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