‘Green infrastructure’ plans underway for Little Falls flood area

The township hopes to benefit from a program to reduce nuisance flooding through the building of rain gardens and like measures that attack flooding at its source, while at the same time sprucing up lands made vacant in the wake of flood buyouts. Rutgers University Cooperative Extension and the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC), in conjunction with Little Falls, are partnering for the program, the benefits of which could be significant for a town that sees flood damage from the Passaic River during major storms, frequent flash flooding from the Peckman River and is in the process of elevating or buying out 78 properties for the purpose of flood mitigation.

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Make the World Better through Rutgers Environmental Steward Training

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Class of 2013

Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the State Climatologist or learn about New Jersey’s geology from the people who map it.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear how New Jersey’s environmental regulations get enforced from a person who actually does the enforcement? How about learning about the role of soils in the environment from the person who runs Rutgers’ Soil Testing lab? These are some of the opportunities that are available to enrollees in the 2014 Rutgers Environmental Steward Volunteer Training Program. Would you like to learn how local environmental decisions get made from the head of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions or how land preservation can be done most effectively from some of the leading players in land preservation in New Jersey? [Read more...]

Stink bugs are expected to invade in record numbers

What’s the big stink all about? Halyomorpha halys, better known as "stink bugs," are expected to pop up in record numbers and will be taking up residence in your home as the onslaught of cold weather approaches. Despite their small size, equal to that of a pumpkin seed, the brown marmorated stink bugs cause a nasty odor when crushed. The stinky critters were imported from East Asia first landing in Allentown, Pa. in 1996, and later making their way to New Jersey in 1999, according to Elaine Fogerty, the Passaic County agricultural assistant for Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

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Rutgers 4-H Science Ambassadors Take Part in National Youth Summit

Handheld devices were tools used by students in the Summer Science program.

Thirteen of the 4-H Science Ambassadors who participated in the 2013 Rutgers 4-H Summer Science program that drew students from Atlantic, Essex, Mercer, Passaic and Union counties to the Rutgers campus, attended the National Youth Summit. This event, which focused on Geospatial Technologies, was held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD, on Sept. 25-29. The high school students learned about Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information System (GIS) and remote sensing through hands-on activities, projects, field trips and speaker presentations.

Chad Ripberger, 4-H agent and chair of the Department of 4-H, Mercer County, headed the design and implementation of the National Youth Summit, which brought together facilitators from throughout the 4-H system including the states of Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Missouri and New York. [Read more...]

From The Ground Up: Tackling some of the questions North Jersey gardeners have on their minds

Mid-August is the perfect time for me to take a break from all the toil and soil and answer some of the questions North Jersey gardeners have on their minds. Even in the midst of the dog days of summer, I was able to track down a couple of experts to help address readers’ concerns…"June was very wet with reduced sunshine and July had record heat. It has not been an easy summer for tomatoes, or people. Don’t give up – continue to water when needed and side-dress with a fertilizer if it hasn’t been done already." [Elaine Fogerty, agricultural assistant, Cooperative Extension of Passaic County, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.]

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