Chester Township
1 Parker Road
Chester, New Jersey 07930

The Chester Township Environmental Commission (CTEC), established by 1968 NJ State enabling legislation and Township ordinance, is composed of residents who serve as volunteers to work on many issues which include addressing environmental impactsopen space preservation, wetlands and water resources protection, recycling and conservation, and environment-relatedcommunity outreach programs.

CTEC members act in an advisory capacity to the Township’s Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Parks and Recreation Committee.  They are watchdogs for environmental opportunities and challenges.  They inform elected officials and the public, serve on committees, research issues, develop environmental improvement programs, and advocate for sound environmental policies.

Current activities include:

  • Development of Chester Township’s Environmental Resource Inventory (ERI)
  • “Sustainable Jersey” Recertification and Advancement
  • The Chester Community Garden
  • NJ Free Tree Seedlings Giveaway
  • Annual Well Testing with the Raritan Headwaters Association
  • Treatment of Selected Ash Trees in Chubb Park for Ash Borer Infestation
  • Chester Science Fair Judging and CTEC Awards

The CTEC meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Chester Township Municipal Building.  All are welcome to attend CTEC meetings and join the effort!

Chester Township is a Sustainable Jersey Certified Community

Chester Township achieved Sustainable Jersey certification at the Bronze level in 2019. 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

To participate in Sustainable Jersey free workshops and events held across the state, visit

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.

Peeling bark on a large ash tree is a sign of emerald ash borer infestation. (Ellen Nibali / For The Baltimore Sun)

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.