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Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee Proposes Plastic Bag Ban for the Village

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September 28,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, at last nights Village Council Meeting the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee or REAC, for short proposed a Village wise ban on plastic bags . A seemingly noble cause if their ever was one .

According to Wire magazine , “The adverse impacts of plastic bags are undeniable: When they’re not piling up in landfills, they’re blocking storm drains, littering streets, getting stuck in trees, and contaminating oceans, where fish, seabirds, and other marine animals eat them or get tangled up in them. As longtime plastic bag adversary Ian Frazier recently reported in The New Yorker, “In 2014, plastic grocery bags were the seventh most common item collected during the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, behind smaller debris such as cigarette butts, plastic straws, and bottle caps.” The New York City Sanitation Department collects more than 1,700 tons of single-use carry-out bags every week, and has to spend $12.5 million a year to dispose of them.”https://www.wired.com/2016/06/banning-plastic-bags-great-world-right-not-fast/

But here is the rub, according again to Wire ,”advocates of these laws and journalists who cover the issue often neglect to ask what will replace plastic bags and what the environmental impact of that replacement will be. People still need bags to bring home their groceries. And the most common substitute, paper bags, may be just as bad or worse, depending on the environmental problem you’re most concerned about.”

So we are going to replace plastic bags with reusable  bags , made from plastic ? Not really sure that is a good long term trade off ? And what about recycled plastic  ,does it work?

Brandon Kuczenski lays out the obvious case : “It depends on what you mean by helping.  And what you mean by recycling.  In some cases there is a clear benefit.  With metals, it almost always makes sense to recycle because mining and benefication of primary metals is energy intensive.  For instance, making primary aluminum from bauxite requires tremendous electricity consumption.. the energy savings from using recycled aluminum is a factor of 10-15.  slam dunk.   Steel is very easy to recycle and is very commonly recycled throughout the world.  Copper is in increasingly high demand for recycling because worldwide copper mining yields are bottoming out and as a result, copper mining is very expensive.

Plastics are a bit more uncertain, but that is largely because of the sloppy way Americans handle their plastics than any technical limitations.  Recycling HDPE (milk gallons) or PET (soda / water bottles) is well-established and mature, and there are modest energy savings to using recycled over primary materials in both cases (yes, even when including the impacts from “driving all those trucks around”).  However, other plastics- even HDPE and PET from non-bottle product systems- are not presently recycled in a meaningful sense.  They may be made into park benches or doorstops or things of that nature, but it is much harder to argue convincingly that they provide benefits.  The reason for this is that different plastics have different chemical compositions, so plastics recycling requires a pure material stream.  People who might otherwise make money from recycling  plastic have decided that the waste stream generated by American  consumers is too contaminated to be of value.  In places where recyclables are handled more carefully, sorted by the consumer and  cleaned of other materials, this may not be the case.” https://www.quora.com/Does-recycling-really-help-the-environment.

The REAC looking to conduct a study as to the impact to the Village . The Political Correct environment allows little or no dissent or questioning the status quo wisdom. But will it really impact the environment in the Village?

Councilmen Jeff Voigt was on board no questions asked. Councilmen Hach was a big concerned on the impact on merchants.  The Mayor was concerned , and the REAC ladies continued to voice support for a ban .

A lot of unanswered question and a lot of unintended consequences seem just over the horizon with a bag ban . The blog would prefer the ladies at the REAC stick to more pressing local issues , like the ecological disaster a turf field presents especially when its placed in a flood zone . While obviously we need to balance recreational time and logistics perhaps more thoughtful long term solutions can be found minimizing the down side .

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RIDGEWOOD ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO HOST WATER EVENT MARCH 29th

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WATER EVENT – MARCH 29TH PRESENTED BY RIDGEWOOD ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

March 28,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, from the New Jersey Division of Water Supply and Geoscience , “Overall, reservoirs have responded positively to the recent wetter precipitation patters and the Department’s Administrative Orders, but overall conditions are still dry statewide. A sustained return to normal conditions is needed to measurably improve the drinking water supply indicators.”

After over 10 years of water restrictions in the Village of Ridgewood , Ridgewood Water is proposing the follwing for all Ridgewood Water customers .

Stage II restrictions (2 days a week irrigation) were imposed in June 2016 and are still in effect in Glen Rock, Midland Park, Ridgewood and Wyckoff. Without these restrictions, the use of drinking water for irrigation will continue increasing toward levels that are unsustainable regardless of drought conditions.  To reverse this trend, an ordinance was introduced on March 8, 2017 to amend the provisions governing Water Emergencies in the Village of Ridgewood Code. Changes proposed include:

Making 2 days a week irrigation permanent year round,

Restricting irrigation hours to limit losses to evaporation,

Restricting irrigation using private wells to 2 days a week,

Adding new exemptions, including drip irrigation and smart controllers.

This ordinance applies only to Ridgewood, but it is expected that the Boroughs of Glen Rock and Midland Park, and the Township of Wyckoff will follow suit as they have in the past. Below is the proposed ordinance. Questions can be directed to Ridgewood Water at 201-670-5521 or cswater@ridgewoodnj.net

The Ridgewood Water service area is under a State drought warning and continued Stage 2 watering restrictions. Changes in local municipal water restrictions are proposed which will make these conservation efforts permanent. The Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee (REAC), in conjunction with Ridgewood Water, will be hosting a presentation on issues relating to local water resources. Mike Furrey, Chair of the New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association and president of AGRA Environmental & Laboratory Services will address the audience on the state of the water industry and Ridgewood Water’s “Journey from Rain to Drain”. Information on what customers can do to conserve water will also be presented and made available. Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Senior Center at Village Hall, 131 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, New Jersey, on the first floor. Attendance is free.

REAC is a board of volunteers, appointed by the Village Council, to assist in developing long-range planning on environmental issues.

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Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee in conjunction with Ridgewood Water Present “Journey from Rain to Drain”

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WATER EVENT – MARCH 29TH PRESENTED BY RIDGEWOOD ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

March 17,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Water service area is under a State drought warning and continued Stage 2 watering restrictions. Changes in local municipal water restrictions are proposed which will make these conservation efforts permanent.

The Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee (REAC), in conjunction with Ridgewood Water, will be hosting a presentation on issues relating to local water resources. Mike Furrey, Chair of the New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association and president of AGRA Environmental & Laboratory Services will address the audience on the state of the water industry and Ridgewood Water’s “Journey from Rain to Drain”. Information on what customers can do to conserve water will also be presented and made available. Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Senior Center at Village Hall, 131 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, New Jersey, on the first floor. Attendance is free.

REAC is a board of volunteers, appointed by the Village Council, to assist in developing long-range planning on environmental issues.

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD IS SEEKING RESIDENTS TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VARIOUS BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

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OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VILLAGE BOARDS – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 30

VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD IS SEEKING RESIDENTS TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VARIOUS BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOVEMBER 30, 2016

The Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood is looking for Ridgewood residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the following Boards and Committees: Community Relations Advisory Board; Library Board of Trustees; Planning Board; Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board; Open Space Committee; Project Pride Committee; Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee; The Green Team Advisory Committee; the Shade Tree Commission; The Central Business District Advisory Committee (a member of the Ridgewood Guild is needed) and the Stigma-free Task Force.

All interested residents should:

Fill out a Citizen Volunteer Leadership form (found on the Village website under “Forms”)
Prepare a cover letter indicating on which board or committee the resident wishes to serve and a brief explanation as to why the resident chose the particular board(s) or committee(s)
Include a biography or resume

and send them to:

Donna Jackson

Deputy Village Clerk

Village of Ridgewood

131 North Maple Ave.

Ridgewood, NJ  07450

Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2016.

A brief description for each Board/Committee is listed below:

The Community Relations Advisory Board promotes the development and implementation of educational programs which celebrate our diversity and provides offers assistance to victims of bias-related crimes.

The Library Board of Trustees is the governing board for the Ridgewood Public Library and its employees. The Board of Trustees works with the community to establish Library policy and secures funds to carry on services to the public, and set goals and objectives.

The Planning Board reviews site plans and subdivision applications; prepares, adopts, and amends the Master Plan; makes recommendations to the Village Council regarding amendments to developmental regulations and the official map.

The Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board recommends rules for use and monitors recreation facilities. The Board coordinates community recreation programs and develops and updates the long-range Master Plan for recreation in the Village.

The Open Space Committee assists in identifying specific types of open space, and makes recommendations to the Village Council on the development of existing open space acquisitions.

The Project Pride Committee plants and waters flowers, throughout Ridgewood’s Central Business District and organizes the Village Garden program with local landscapers.

The Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee assists the Village Council in long-range planning concerning environmental issues as well as anticipating environmental problems and recommending solutions.

The Green Team Advisory Committee is looking for residents who are interested in making Ridgewood a sustainable community; and/or are LEED Certified; and/or have working experience with sustainable practices such as solar energy or recycling; and/or have experience in obtaining grants for sustainable purposes.

The Shade Tree Commission works closely with the Parks and Recreation Department, the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee, and the Green Team to promote awareness and education of the residents as well as advise and provide recommendations to the Village Council in promoting and sustaining a safe and productive shade tree resource. Members will preferably have forestry or tree backgrounds or hold the designation of a certified Arborist.

The Central Business District Advisory Committee will work with the Village Council, business owners, and residents to evaluate and initiate enhancements to the Central Business District including traffic flow, parking, and pedestrian safety, while creating a more desirable, vibrant and memorable destination for all visitors. In this way, the Central Business District can remain a vital and healthy part of the Ridgewood community. This Committee needs a member of the Ridgewood Guild.

The Stigma-free Task Force aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness so that residents who have the disease, and their families, feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment without fear of stigma. Resident Members of the Task Force include two residents working within the field of mental healthcare or healthcare; and three other residents who are interested in supporting the Stigma-free program initiatives, including educating residents that mental illness is a disease and must be treated as such; raising awareness of mental health issues; and helping those in need by linking them to local mental health resources.

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD SEEKING RESIDENTS TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VARIOUS BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

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OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VILLAGE BOARDS – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 30

VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD SEEKING RESIDENTS TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VARIOUS BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

Ridgewood NJ, The Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood is looking for Ridgewood residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the following Boards and Committees: Community Relations Advisory Board; Library Board of Trustees; Planning Board; Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board; Open Space Committee; Project Pride Committee; Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee; The Green Team Advisory Committee; the Shade Tree Commission; The Central Business District Advisory Committee (a member of the Ridgewood Guild is needed) and the Stigma-free Task Force.

All interested residents should:

Fill out a Citizen Volunteer Leadership form (found on the Village website under “Forms”)

Prepare a cover letter indicating on which board or committee the resident wishes to serve and a brief explanation as to why the resident chose the particular board(s) or committee(s)

Include a biography or resume

and send them to:

Donna Jackson

Deputy Village Clerk

Village of Ridgewood

131 North Maple Ave.

Ridgewood, NJ  07450

Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2016.

A brief description for each Board/Committee is listed below:

The Community Relations Advisory Board promotes the development and implementation of educational programs which celebrate our diversity and provides offers assistance to victims of bias-related crimes.

The Library Board of Trustees is the governing board for the Ridgewood Public Library and its employees. The Board of Trustees works with the community to establish Library policy and secures funds to carry on services to the public, and set goals and objectives.

The Planning Board reviews site plans and subdivision applications; prepares, adopts, and amends the Master Plan; makes recommendations to the Village Council regarding amendments to developmental regulations and the official map.

The Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board recommends rules for use and monitors recreation facilities. The Board coordinates community recreation programs and develops and updates the long-range Master Plan for recreation in the Village.

The Open Space Committee assists in identifying specific types of open space, and makes recommendations to the Village Council on the development of existing open space acquisitions.

The Project Pride Committee plants and waters flowers, throughout Ridgewood’s Central Business District and organizes the Village Garden program with local landscapers.

The Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee assists the Village Council in long-range planning concerning environmental issues as well as anticipating environmental problems and recommending solutions.

The Green Team Advisory Committee is looking for residents who are interested in making Ridgewood a sustainable community; and/or are LEED Certified; and/or have working experience with sustainable practices such as solar energy or recycling; and/or have experience in obtaining grants for sustainable purposes.

The Shade Tree Commission works closely with the Parks and Recreation Department, the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee, and the Green Team to promote awareness and education of the residents as well as advise and provide recommendations to the Village Council in promoting and sustaining a safe and productive shade tree resource. Members will preferably have forestry or tree backgrounds or hold the designation of a certified Arborist.

The Central Business District Advisory Committee will work with the Village Council, business owners, and residents to evaluate and initiate enhancements to the Central Business District including traffic flow, parking, and pedestrian safety, while creating a more desirable, vibrant and memorable destination for all visitors. In this way, the Central Business District can remain a vital and healthy part of the Ridgewood community. This Committee needs a member of the Ridgewood Guild.

The Stigma-free Task Force aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness so that residents who have the disease, and their families, feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment without fear of stigma. Resident Members of the Task Force include two residents working within the field of mental healthcare or healthcare; and three other residents who are interested in supporting the Stigma-free program initiatives, including educating residents that mental illness is a disease and must be treated as such; raising awareness of mental health issues; and helping those in need by linking them to local mental health resources.

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Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee hosts the Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association

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BACKYARD BEEKEEPING – HEALTHY LIFESTYLE SERIES

Saturday, February 13th; 10am to 12:30pm, The Stable, 259  North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood

Backtard Beekeepping – Presented by the Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association, this introductory program is for those interested in keeping honey been and wanting to learn the very basics of this hand-on hobby.   INcluded with be discussion on equipment and supplies, the care and handling of bees, clothing, colony health, costs involved and where to go for resources, support and learn more…

Sponsored by Ridgewood Environmental  Advisory Committee – REAC

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Ridgewood Consevancy group to continue projects

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DECEMBER 11, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015, 12:31 AM
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Conservancy to continue work

To the Editor:

This time of year gives us a chance to reflect on the recent past. The Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands is extremely grateful for the community support we have received. Without this, we never would have been able to accomplish all that we have in 2015. Our tasks have been numerous, from continuing the plantings at North Broad Street, running a Second Annual Daffodil Festival in conjunction with the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee, placing a large decorative planter at the train station plaza, planting 5,000 more daffodil bulbs towards our ultimate goal of one for each resident, to organizing a cleanup at Twinney Pond Park with the Ridgewood Wildscape Association.

Twinney Pond Park is a unique ecological gem, a kettle pond dating back to the ice age. Ridgewood native and Rutgers ecologist Jean Epiphan has completed a thorough report on the vegetation. It has been determined that by removing the worst of the invasives and replanting with natives in the spring, that we will be able to help preserve this extraordinary park. We are making this project an ongoing educational opportunity for our Ridgewood students. Our Dec. 6 cleanup was a huge success and brought in countless community volunteers of all ages.

Our goal is to keep working on projects throughout the village, to enhance and improve our wonderful and varied parks. As we embark on our Annual Membership Drive, we urge you to look at our website to find out more information on our projects and to sign up to help: cfrpl.org.

Our sincere thanks for your support and our best wishes for the holiday season.

Cynthia Halaby

President

Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands

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Village of Ridgewood Seeks Resident Volunteers for Various Boards and Committees

Village Council Meeting

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SEEKING RESIDENTS TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VARIOUS BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOVEMBER 25, 2015

The Village Council is looking for residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the following Boards and Committees: Community Relations Advisory Board; Library Board of Trustees; Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board; Open Space Committee; Project Pride Committee; Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee; Citizens Safety Advisory Committee; Historic Preservation Commission; The Green Team; and the Shade Tree Commission.

All interested residents should:

1. Fill out a Citizen Volunteer Leadership form (found on the Village website under “Forms”)

2. Prepare a cover letter indicating on which board or committee the resident wishes to serve and a brief explanation as to why the resident chose the particular board(s) or committee(s)

3. Include a biography or resume

and send all of them to:

Heather Mailander
Village Clerk
Village of Ridgewood
131 North Maple Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Deadline for submissions is November 25, 2015.

A brief description for each Board/Committee is listed below:

The Community Relations Advisory Board promotes the development and implementation of educational programs which celebrate our diversity and provides offers assistance to victims of bias-related crimes.

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Ridgewood groups join forces for Earth Day

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APRIL 16, 2015    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015, 3:38 PM
BY BY TIFFANY KATEHAKIS
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

With this year’s dreary winter weather officially a memory, Ridgewood is gearing up for a blossoming spring season with its Daffodil Festival and Earth Day celebration set for Sunday

This year for the first time, the Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands (CRPL) and the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee (REAC) have teamed up to create a joint event.

The theme of the event is “Ridgewood Grows Green and Yellow.” Attendees are encouraged to wear green and yellow attire to the event.

CRPL organized last year’s first ever Daffodil Festival; REAC organizes the village’s annual Earth Day celebration.

“The yellow symbolizes the daffodils and the green symbolizes trees for Earth Day,” said Councilman Michael Sedon.

The two organizations have similar environmentally conscious initiatives in the village and when they held meetings to discuss the potential combination the two events, “It seemed like a natural partnership, combining the family fun of the Daffodil Festival with the environmentally conscious mind of Earth Day,” said Angela Leemans, REAC chair. “The message is to focus on the environment and making Ridgewood a more beautiful community.”

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/clubs-and-service-organizations/ridgewood-groups-join-forces-for-earth-day-1.1310981