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Composting Workshop

Clean Water Champs Workshop Series 2014 - Composting Workshopearth machine

Come learn about backyard composting - both indoors and out - an easy way to recycle, reduce waste, and save water, while helping the environment and your wallet! Sign up here to attend! Download the Composting Workshop Flyer.

Composting Workshop

  • When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Where: Clean Water Action office, 198 Brighton Ave, Long Branch, NJ (above Healing Star)
  • Cost: The training is FREE, but we are excited to announce that the first 15 Monmouth County residents who sign-up can receive an Earth Machine compost bin for only $35 (valued at $120). You must pre-pay by April 25 to guarantee your bin.
Click here to sign up! If you'd like to attend the training, but don't need a composter, select the free option. If you'd like an Earth Machine composter you must be a resident of Monmouth County and pre-pay by April 25 to guarantee your bin. Light refreshments will be served.

groundswell RISING film screenings announced!

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Attend a film screening of groundswell RISING, the new documentary from Emmy Award-winning Resolution Pictures which captures the passion of people engaged in a David and Goliath confrontation of the fracking industry. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on actions being taken here in New Jersey to get protections from toxic fracking waste in place.

Download the Groundswell Rising Flyer Groundswell Rising Flyer (all dates)

Screening Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 9 @ 6:30 pm - Ocean City
    Ocean City Free Public Library
    1735 Simpson Ave, Ocean City, NJ.
    Download the Ocean City flyer
  • Saturday, April 26 @ 2:00 pm - Toms River
    Toms River Public Library, Mancini Hall
    101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ.
    Download the Toms River flyerFilm Director Renard Cohen will be joining us to discuss his experiences in communities impacted by gas drilling and to answer all your questions
  • Sunday, April 27 @ 4:00 pm - Long Branch
    Stella Maris Retreat Center, 981 Ocean Avenue, Elberon, NJ 07740
  • Thursday, May 1st at 7 pm - Wyckoff
    Wyckoff Public Library, 200 Woodland Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481
    This Screening of Groundswell Rising is the opening film for the First Annual FLOW (Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff) Green Film Festival, which is taking place on Thursdays during the Month of May at the Wyckoff Public Library. www.wyckoffgreenteam.org
  • Thursday, May 8th @ 7:00 pm - West Deptford
    RiverWinds Community Center
    1000 Riverwinds Dr., West Deptford, NJ
    Download the West Deptford flyer

Become a Clean Water Champ!

Turn Your Environmental Passion Into Action!

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We are very excited to launch of our new volunteer program, CLEAN WATER CHAMPS. The goal of this program is to bring together people who are passionate about clean water and the environment.

Show your love for clean water! Whether you are in college, active in the home, or retired, sign up to become a Clean Water Champ. We will help you learn new skills, meet new people, have fun, and turn your passion into results. Together, we can work for a healthy environment and strong economy now and for the future.

Fracking in New Jersey

Gov Christie

Governor Christie

New Jersey Governor CV’s Frack Ban:
Environmental Organizations Cry Foul and Will Seek Over-ride!

Trenton, New Jersey – Today New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed the New Jersey Ban Bill (S-2576), flying in the face of the public and the New Jersey Legislature and forfeiting the opportunity to make New Jersey the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in modern times.  During the Senate’s session August 25, the Governor issued a conditional veto (CV) that set a one year moratorium on fracking in the State.  Environmental groups dismissed the moratorium as meaningless and vowed to work for an over-ride of the CV.  The Frack Ban Bill arose out of a public rallying cry for pro-active action by the State to prevent the water, land and air pollution that is occurring everywhere where fracking is being used to extract natural gas from deep geologic formations such as Marcellus and Utica Shale.     

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08/26/2011 - 12:14

Earth Day protest targets continued operation of B.L. England

UPPER TOWNSHIP - Standing on what the organizers of an Earth Day event called "ground zero," about 30 people gathered Tuesday afternoon on a wind-swept beach to protest the use of fossil fuels and the continued operation of the B.L. England power plant.

Releasing a steady stream of smoke into the blue sky, the coal-burning facility stood as a backdrop to the environmental activists as they held signs and delivered speeches that promoted clean energy and renewable resources.

The groups used the occasion to voice support for the Pinelands commissioners whose 7-7 vote in January prevented a proposed 22-mile-long natural gas pipeline from being built through the protected area and to endorse solar and wind as preferred sources of energy.

Published Date: 
04/23/2014

Embattled Ethics Commission Confirms Samson Probe Underway

In an unusually stormy meeting, the embattled state Ethics Commission placated union critics by taking the unusual step of confirming that it is investigating former Port Authority Chairman David Samson and by dropping a five-year-old ethics complaint against a state union leader.
Published Date: 
04/23/2014

Poll: How would you grade Chris Christie's environmental record?

TRENTON - Today is Earth Day, when people around the globe celebrate the environment and stress how to protect it.

With that in mind, what do you think of the way Gov. Chris Christie has handled the environment in New Jersey?

Officials from the New Jersey Environmental Federation went as far as to say they made a mistake when they endorsed Christie over then-Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, in 2009 - the first time the group had ever backed a Republican for governor.

Christie has taken more than $800 million from three funds dedicated to promote clean energy initiatives and used the money to plug state budget gaps.

Published Date: 
04/23/2014

Christie restarts water board left dormant 3 years

For more than three years, environmental groups complained that Gov. Chris Christie's administration had killed off an independent state board that makes recommendations on levels of pollutants allowed in drinking water. They cited it as an example of the Republican governor's withholding state board appointments to control policy debate.

This week, the administration defused some of the criticism when it revealed that the New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute is being reconstituted with the addition of three new appointees. It will start meeting again in April.

The Drinking Water Quality Institute, formed under a 1983 law, has long been watched closely by industry and environmental groups.

Published Date: 
03/20/2014

TAURO: Close Oyster Creek - now

Considering the massive, hours-long traffic jam that recently trapped motorists along the barrier island's excavated Route 35 after the Polar Bear Plunge, isn't it time officials stopped pretending the Oyster Creek evacuation plan could work?

Take the polar plunge jam, multiply it by thousands of panicked individuals trying to round up family members, and then add the pandemonium that would unfold during a nuclear meltdown and it's obvious there isn't a viable evacuation plan.

Published Date: 
03/06/2014

Ocean City environmental activist honored for Pinelands pipeline fight

OCEAN CITY - A local environmental advocate was honored over the weekend for her leadership during the controversial Pinelands pipeline hearings, which resulted in the denial of an application to run a natural gas pipeline to the BL England plant in Upper Township.

Georgina Shanley of Ocean City received the Environmental Achievement Award from Clean Water Action New Jersey Saturday, March 1 during the 28th annual conference, "Inspire, Organize, Energize," at Georgian Court University in Lakewood.

According to Clean Water Action, "the annual event brings together citizens, organizations, students, scientists, and policymakers to discuss the most important environmental issues facing New Jersey."

Published Date: 
03/05/2014
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