AVALON ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION
AVALON ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION
2019 MEETING DATES
AVALON ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION
AVALON ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION 2019 MEETING DATES
All meetings are held at 4:00 pm
Note: The Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 meeting of the Environmental Commission has been cancelled
2018 Avalon Environmental Commission Minutes
2017 Avalon Environmental Commission Agendas and Minutes
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Note: The December 17th meeting of the Avalon Environmental Commission has been cancelled
Note: The Tuesday, July 16th meeting of the Avalon Environmental Commission is cancelled, per Chairman Dr. Brian Reynolds
AVALON CLEAN WATER INITIATIVE FOR 2019
The Borough of Avalon has created a Clean Water Initiative that will help with the elimination of plastics and other materials that wind up in our waterways and present a threat to our natural marine environment. Together, we can prevent plastic bags, straws, utensils, styrofoam, and other materials from threatening our valuable ecosystem. In 2018, the Avalon Borough Council approved a new ordinance that requires compliance from our local merchants to greatly reduce the amount of material that winds up in our waterways. You can read the ordinance and the new regulations, along with any exemptions, here:
Avalon also strongly encourages boaters to participate in a “Take it Out, Bring it In” campaign. If you go out on your watercraft for a day of pleasure boating or fishing, be sure to properly secure any debris that may wind up in the water, including bags, sandwich wrappers, straws, utensils, and other objects. Together, we can keep our waterways as clean as possible. Additionally, fishing enthusiasts are encouraged to recycle all fishing line. The Borough has placed monofilament disposal stations at all public docks in the Borough, including at the Sport Fishing Center and Bay Park Marina. Additional stations will be placed near the 8th Street Jetty. If you have an idea where additional stations may be located, simply contact Business Administrator Scott Wahl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terrapins — What to do?
Protecting our local environment is most effective when it is a community-wide effort. Thank you to everyone who is doing their part!
- Terrapins are wild animals; please leave them in their wild homes.
- If you find an injured terrapin, call The Wetlands Institute at 609-368-1211 with any questions.
There’s a terrapin on the road!
- Wait for the terrapin to cross, or carefully help her cross in the direction she is going. She may have eggs, so be gentle!
- If the terrapin is injured, gently place her in a box and call us.
There’s a terrapin nesting in my yard!
- Quietly observe her from afar. She is easily frightened!
- Leave the nest site undisturbed.
There’s a hatchling terrapin!
- Unless the terrapin is in a life-threatening situation, please leave it alone.
- If it is in danger: Take the terrapin to the nearest salt marsh. Release it underneath the fallen grasses along the marsh—not in the water.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
The Borough of Avalon unveiled the very first municipal public charging station at the New Jersey shore on Friday, August 5, 2012 as a step in Avalon’s’ longstanding commitment to environmental awareness. The charging station is located in front of the Avalon Public Safety Building at 30th Street and Dune Drive in Avalon and comes at zero cost to the Borough. The municipal public charging station in Avalon is a result of a public-private partnership with U-Go Stations, Inc. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a proactive initiative of the Mayor, Avalon Council, and the Avalon Green Team. The owner of an electric vehicle is able to pull up to the public charging station and use a special smart card or a credit card that will unlock and activate the service. The owner of the vehicle pays for the power that is used and is sent a text or email notification when the charging process is completed so the vehicle can be unplugged and ready for travel. The charging station is available 24 hours a day to the public. The Borough has a public-private partnership with U-Go Stations who will maintain it at no cost to the Borough. In return, Avalon will receive a percentage of the revenues. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority recently created Electric Vehicle signs on the Garden State Parkway (both northbound and southbound) at Exit 13 to show that Avalon has the only municipal electric vehicle charging station in the state.
Avalon’s Initiative at Armacost Park
In March, 2015, Avalon approved a change order to the landscaping contract issued to Bayshore Landscaping to conduct a “cut and leave” vine cutting operation in a two-acre section of Armacost Park. Invasive vines were cut at the ground and at locations five feet in the air to help release trees that are threatened by invasive vines which have created a monoculture on the east side of the park. The goal of the pilot project includes the vine cutting operation and to plant 300 native plants and trees in areas where the vines were cut. The native vegetation will be planted by the Avalon Department of Public Works using hand-held tools in April, 2015. Here is the report from Lomax and Associates regarding the vine cutting protocol which was approved by the Avalon Environmental Commission and followed during the two-day cutting procedure in March. This is a pilot project to determine if the vine cutting will help the existing trees naturally recover and to determine if the new plantings will help outcompete the vines that attempt to grow in that section of the park.
On Wednesday, February 8th 2012, the Avalon Borough Council received a presentation by Windward Environmental Consultants regarding the work plan for the Phase IA-2011 Fall and Winter Discovery Phase of the Armacost Park Natural Resource Restoration and Enhancement project. Click on this link to view the entire report as presented to Borough Council.
In mid-2010, Windward Consulting, LLC (Windward) and the Borough of Avalon (Borough) began discussing the potential of enhancing and restoring the natural resources and facilities available in Armacost Park. Broad goals and objectives were developed for the Armacost Park Natural Resource and Enhancement Project through a collaborative scoping process involving the Borough Administration and the Borough Council public meetings, the Avalon Environmental Commission, and the Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control. Windward subsequently was contracted to prepare a conceptual design for the restoration and enhancement of the park. In July 2011 Windward submitted a Conceptual Design Report for the Armacost Park Natural Resource Restoration and Enhancement Project outlining findings in the following areas: Presentation of the natural and development history of the Site; Recommendation of specific priorities, goals, and objectives for the overall project; Characterization of broad scale baseline conditions; Recommendation of restoration and management strategies for the natural resources of the Site; and the Identification of the project phasing and potential technical and funding partners for the project.
The report submittal was followed by numerous public meeting presentations before the Avalon Environmental Commission, Planning/Zoning Board, and Borough Council to allow for stakeholder comment and consideration.