Environmental Affairs Advisory Committee (EAAC)
Meeting: 4th Tuesday, 7:00pm, Cranberry Hall (located behind the Municipal Building at 17 North Main Street)
The purpose of this Committee is to research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the Township, maintain an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, review site plans of proposed development in regards to open space, consider and make recommendations to Council on other environmental and sustainability issues; as well as the selection, planting, care, culture, trimming and development of shade trees in the Township.
Click HERE for the EAAC's list of Goals & Objectives for 2019.
Click HERE for the EAAC's Annual Report of Accomplishments for 2019.
Click HERE for the Council Resolution and supporting documents for Medford's inclusion in the Sustainable Jersey Program.
Click HERE for the Open Space & Farmland page on our website.
Click HERE for the Recycling Page on our website.
Check out the Hartford Trails Facebook page for info & updates on new biking & walking trails recently opened (May 2019) in Hartford Crossings Park, located at Hartford & Church Roads. https://www.facebook.com/groups/351915271572374/
Click on the topics below for environmentally friendly & sustainable tips from the EAAC:
-- Washing Your Vehicle
All regular and special meetings of the Committee shall be open to the public. Please check this website for any potential cancellations or changes.
The EAAC, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions hosted a community presentation on May 29, 2019 on the below topics.
You can view the presentation by using these links: Part One Part Two
Creek-Friendly Yards Information Session
Everything that we do on the land affects the water that we rely on for day-to-day life. Join us to learn about how you can manage your yard to improve your impact on the environment and reduce the amount of pollution that makes its way into our water.
1) Conserving Water at Home
Rich Bizub, Pinelands Preservation Alliance
2) Landscaping for a Creek-Friendly Yard
Isabella Castiglioni, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
3) Septic Management
Jamie Bitzer, English Sewage Disposal
4) Declining Honeybees: What Can We Do to Help
Jason Shoff of the Mill Creek Apiary
Discussion will outline the benefits of honeybees as pollination and for biodiversity. Jason will also discuss other common aggressive stinging insects- wasps & hornets, and misconceptions about the honeybee. He will also explain the original term “Colony Collapse Disorder” and what it means today. As a part of Jason’s presentation, he will introduce some ideas about what we can do to directly impact honeybee health, including use of alternative herbicides/ pesticides, keeping managed colonies and how to integrate beneficial plantings.
January 28, 2020
February 25, 2020
January 22, 2019
February 26, 2019
March 26, 2019
April 23, 2019
May 29, 2019 - Community Presentation
June 25, 2019
July 23, 2019
August 27, 2019
September 24, 2019
October 22, 2019
November 26, 2019
December, 2019 (No meeting)
January 23, 2018
February 27, 2018
March 27, 2018
April 24, 2018
May 22, 2018
June 26, 2018
July 24, 2018
August 28, 2018 (Meeting Cancelled due to lack of quorum)
September 25, 2018
October 23, 2018
November 27, 2018
December 2018 (No Meeting)
January 2020 Meeting
January 2019 Meeting
February 2019 Meeting
March 2019 Meeting
April 2019 Meeting
May 2019 Meeting- No Minutes in lieu of Presentation
June 2019 Meeting
July 2019 Meeting
August 2019 Meeting
September 2019 Meeting
October 2019 Meeting
November 2019 Meeting
December 2019 (No meeting)
January 2018 Meeting
February 2018 Meeting
March 2018 Meeting
April 2018 Meeting
May 2018 Meeting
June 2018 Meeting
July 2018 Meeting
August 2018 -- No meeting
September 2018 Meeting
October 2018 Meeting
November 2018 Meeting
December 2018 (No meeting)
Contact the EAAC
Please contact the EAAC by emailing EAAC@medfordtownship.com. You may also call (609) 654-2608 x324.
2020 Committee Members
Bruce Ebbeson, Recording Secretary
Apolonia "Pola" Galie, Chair
Charles "Chip" Germain
Robert "Bo" Petrillo
Jennifer Warholak, Vice-Chair
Beth Portocalis - Township Liaison
Green Team Members
All EAAC members, plus:
Medford Earns Sustainable Jersey Certification - December 2019
Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that Medford Township has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Medford is one of is one of 100 towns that attained certification in 2019. Sustainable Jersey's participating communities represent over half the state's municipalities and nearly 90 percent of its population.
To become Sustainable Jersey certified, the Township submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 action points. In addition to reaching 150 points, each certified community had to create a green team and select at least two out of 12 priority action options. Medford’s priority actions included climate adaptation & flooding risk, energy efficiency for municipal facilities, updated natural resource inventory, prescription drug safety and disposal, recycling and waste reduction education and compliance, and sustainable land use.
“Congratulations to the municipal staff, green team volunteers and community members who have worked hard to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification,” said Randy Solomon, the executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “The Sustainable Jersey certified towns demonstrate leadership and are a testament to how much we can accomplish toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.” Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts. Collectively, the 453 participating Sustainable Jersey towns are a powerful force in New Jersey.
Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 80 percent or 453 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 345 school districts and 896 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.
MEDFORD COMPANY CREATES WEBSITE TO HELP CREATE ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY YARDS
New Jersey has its Jersey Fresh campaign promoting fruits and vegetables grown locally in farm fields and garden, but now the state is collaborating with a college and an environmental group to make yards more Jersey friendly. This partnership has launched an interactive website — www.jerseyyards.org — as part of a new Jersey-Friendly Yards campaign.
The website offers practical ways for homeowners and other landowners to landscape their properties in an environmentally friendly way that will reduce stormwater runoff, capture rainwater, eliminate use of fertilizer and pesticide and replace invasive plant with native species. State environmental officials said the ultimate goal of this campaign, however, is not to just promote native plants but to reduce stormwater runoff that contaminates rivers and streams from lawns treated with fertilizer and pesticides.
The interactive section of the site has a tool for layout for low-impact landscaping options the user can explore for different types of gardens or lawns and to reduce runoff and capture rainwater. It shows how to transform a grass-dominated property into one that has native plants and other features.
The website has an extensive plant database that suggests which native species to use instead of foreign plants that tend to overtake gardens or fields.
The online site was built by a Medford company, Fusionspark, Inc., with input from the collaborating agencies. Read more here:
Click HERE for a brochure guide on developing "Creek Friendly Yards" developed by SaveTheSource.org, a consortium of environmental advocacy groups including ANJEC, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, the NJ Audubon Society, the NJ Conservation Foundation, and Rutgers. Save the Source.org has also partnered on a SJ Landscape Makeover Program. Click HERE for the brochure with more details.
What are retention basins and why do we need them? Also called wet ponds or detention basins. These are man-made/artificial lakes or ponds that include plants around the body of water. These basins serve an important function in municipalities such as Medford with high water tables by preventing flooding by channeling rain/storm water into the storage basin via the system of storm drains found on roadways and other strategic locations. Additionally, the basins aid in storm water runoff, or water from storms that collects in the streets. By having this water diverted to the basins, the Township is able to save money by not treating this water at the sewer treatment plant. The basins also help in the prevention of erosion, which is a benefit for our environment. The basins greatly improve water quality in the area by filtering out any pollution and toxins from the storm water, again, reducing costs to the total water treatment process.
In ecologically sensitive areas such as Medford, it is preferable to use certain plants in basins as opposed to only grass. Plants in retention basins aid in the filtration of the water within the basin. The preferable types of plants used for the basins are wetland and native plants in the area. In New Jersey, some plants used in these basins are yellow pond lily, pickerel weed, shrub dogwood, and stagger bush. These plants are providing much-needed help in keeping our pollinators like bees and butterflies around and happy. The Township can also save tax dollars by allowing these basins to grow the native plants instead of weekly or monthly mowing by Township staff.
There's a new publication by the NRCS on native meadow planting entitled "A Guide to Conservation Plantings on Critical Areas for the Northeast." This is pretty detailed with lots of great info to plant a basin. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_PLANTMATERIALS/publications/nypmspu11417.pdf
The Xerces Society is another resource to plant basins: http://www.xerces.org/pollinators-northeast-region
Link to the Pollinator Habitat workshop to be held on September 29th:
Leaf pick up. Medford is one of the three municipalities in New Jersey with the longest tenure of earning the distinction as “Tree City, USA” towns – we live in and next to the famous federally designated Pinelands Natural Preserve; aka the “Pine Barrens.” We have a LOT of leaves, but rather than dreading fall and enjoying the splendor of their rich colors, make good use of them!! Do not clear out your leaves from forested areas - leaves provide ground cover for our wildlife friends, can be used as mulch, protect plants and shrubs in the cold winter months, provide nutritious compost for your trees and plants and make a great fertilizer for your lawn. Use your lawn mower to mulch the fallen leaves back into your lawn as you mow. These leaves (and grass clippings) provide essential nutrients to the grass and yard season after season. Another alternative is to create a leaf compost. Leaf composting involves placing all the collective leaves in one area, turning them over once in a while so the leaves naturally degrade over time, creating a rich compost to use in your garden. By using your leaves in an environmentally conscious way, not only are you nurturing our Tree City's environment, you are helping yourself and fellow neighbors by saving the tens of thousands of your tax dollars each season spent on leaf collection.
Medford Township residents recycled almost 17,000 cubic yards of brush and tree parts in 2017!!! Medford also collected over 30,000 cubic yards of leaves and disposed of them at a cost of over $311,500, which is equal to a penny on the tax rate!!
Click here for a NJDEP Press Release for the Proper Use of Pesticides & Fertilizers
Click here for a NJDEP Press Release for Deer Alerts
Click here for a NJDEP Press Release for wood-burning safety tips
Click here for the Pinelands Commission Request for Public Comments on its Conservation Fund
Click here for a link to the ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION, which is full of information on tree planting and care of community trees and forested areas.
The Arbor Day Foundation’s new, ambitious tree planting initiative to plant 100 million trees by 2022 now has a dedicated website at timefortrees.org. Please visit to learn more about why trees are the solution to so many of our nation’s problems and why now is the time to join this campaign. Here is just some of the information you will receive:
- Introduction to the Time for Trees initiative and the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day
- Individual pages and videos on the importance of forests and trees for people and communities
- Corporate partners and their roles in the campaign
- News and blogs, updated biweekly
- Ways for you to get involved