Bear roaming through Union County caught, relocated safely

GARWOOD — A bear that had been seen roaming through Cranford early Monday, causing an elementary school to have a delayed opening, was captured in Garwood and safely relocated, police said. The bear was near the Brookside Place School Monday and later wandered into neighboring Garwood, where it was contained to a backyard until animal control… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: DEP, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Bear roaming through Union County caught, relocated safely

Shore towns scramble to fortify dunes decimated by blizzard

Guadagno in WildwoodJersey Shore towns recovering from a crippling blizzard and nor’easter are rushing to dump sand back on the beach to shore up their coastline as state officials vowed to speed up a stalled beach replenishment project. That was the scene Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and state Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin met on Monday on the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: DEP, Jersey Shore, Kim Guadagno, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Shore towns scramble to fortify dunes decimated by blizzard

Drought watch issued for 12 counties, 6 million people as N.J. water worries worsen

assetContentA drought watch has been issued in parts of 12 New Jersey counties, encompassing more than two-thirds of the population, after months of dry, warm weather that have driven the state’s water supply to worryingly low levels. Rainfall totals in parts of northern and central New Jersey have been just over 50 percent of average over… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: DEP, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Drought watch issued for 12 counties, 6 million people as N.J. water worries worsen

New Jersey’s oyster madness: Reefs rise in NY while N.J. ban continues

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Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, DEP, Environment, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Sandy Hook Oil Slick Has Shrunk By More Than Half

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

The oil slick in Sandy Hook Bay that was reported to be two miles long by 900 feet wide on Thursday afternoon was observed to be one mile long by 150 wide at 10AM this morning, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons during a phone interview with MMM.

Iannazzo-Simmons said a unified command consisting of personnel from the Coast Guard, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, NOAA and the National Park Service were still working to identify the both the source and product of the sheen.  The color of the sheen changed from a rainbow to a “silverish” metallic color.  Last evening it was reported that authorities believed the product to be diesel fuel.  Today, they are taking samples to determine what it is.

20 feet of boom was installed at Horseshoe Cove yesterday as a precaution to protect the environmentally sensitive area.  Today 70 feet of “hard boom” was installed to shore up the precautionary protection.  Horseshoe Cove was deemed to be the only environmentally sensitive area that could be impacted by the sheen.

The sheen remains located at the northern end of Sandy Hook on the bay side.

Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: DEP, Energy, Environment, Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sandy Hook Oil Slick Has Shrunk By More Than Half

State Wants Sewer Plants to Plan for 500-Year Storms, Extended Outages

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Posted: September 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, DEP, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, News, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on State Wants Sewer Plants to Plan for 500-Year Storms, Extended Outages

Christie Administration Proposes ‘Streamlined’ Coastal Permitting Rules

Christie Administration Proposes ‘Streamlined’ Coastal Permitting Rules (via Toms River Patch)

Environmentalist questions relaxing some permitting rules The state Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday said it would recommend technical revisions to land use rules for coastal areas, streamlining the process for projects such as marina…

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Posted: June 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, DEP, News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie Administration Proposes ‘Streamlined’ Coastal Permitting Rules

Sandy elevation program backlog will ease by end of summer, top NJ official says

Sandy elevation program backlog will ease by end of summer, top NJ official says (via NJ.com)

New Jersey’s top environmental official said today he expected a backlog of applications for a Hurricane Sandy elevation program to be cleared by the end of the summer. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said roughly 2,…

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Posted: April 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, DEP, Environment, FEMA, Flooding, NJ Department of Environmental Protection | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie: The Jersey Shore Is Open For Business

Governor Christie meeting with business owners at McLoone's Pier House in Long Branch, April 18, 2013. Photo by Art Gallagher

Governor Christie meeting with business owners at McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch, April 18, 2013. Photo by Art Gallagher

After meeting with business owners in Long Branch yesterday, Governor Chris Christie told the press that the businesses’ biggest frustration is the amount of phone calls they get asking if they are open.  “They’re happy that at least the phone is ringing,” said Christie, emphasizing that the perception that the Shore is not open has to be impacted.

Christie said that there would be a multi-media ad campaign launch by the Economic Development Authority next month to promote Jersey Shore Tourism.  It has not been determined if Christie will appear in the aid. “I haven’t been asked. If I’m asked and I think it is appropriate I will consider it,” the governor said in response to a reporter who asked if he would appear in the state funded ad during the gubernatorial campaign season.

The governor said that EDA would be announcing a working capital grant program for businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy in May and that the Department of Community Affairs will be administering a grant program for homeowners who can apply for up to $150,000 in federal money, over and above what they have already received from FEMA and their insurance companies to rebuild their homes.

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Posted: April 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Election, 2013 Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, DEP, EDA, EPA, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Jersey Shore, Long Branch, Superstorm Sandy, Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

NJ Media Whitewash For Lisa Jackson

United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation yesterday.  Jackson was Governor Jon Corzine’s Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner and briefly his chief of staff before joining the Obama Administration.

The Asbury Park Press’s coverage of Jackson’s resignation is more glowing than an obituary.  Both the APP and the Star Ledger used the news to fuel speculation that Jackson could be a candidate for governor of New Jersey or the next president of Princeton University.

Neither of New Jersey’s two largest media outlets bothered to mention the recent scandal surrounding Jackson.

Jackson is being investigated by at least two congressional committees and her own agency’s inspector general.  The Justice Department just agreed, as the result of a law suit filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to release 12,000 emails from an alias account that Jackson used to conduct the government’s business under the name “Richard Winslow.”

Even anti-corruption crusader and champion of transparency, Bob Ingle, co-author of The Soprano State: New Jersey’s Culture of Corruption, failed to mention Jackson’s use of an email alias while conducting the government’s business as a cabinet level official of the Obama Administration.

Posted: December 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Gubernatorial Politics, DEP, EPA, Lisa Jackson, NJ Media | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »