Pollinator Garden at Watchung Park

Pollinator Garden at Watchung Park
pollinatorgardenOn October 11th, a team coordinated by the Montclair Environmental Commission built the raised bed garden and installed plants that will attract butterflies, bees, bugs and bats. The decimation of butterflies and bees from habitat destruction due to overdevelopment, some herbicides and storms are posing a threat to global agriculture.  Educational signage for the garden will follow.  The garden was made possible by a grant from ANJEC (Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions) and the design and plant selections were made in consultation with the Jean Grossman from Rutgers Master Gardners Association and Lillian Rockford from the Montclair Garden Club. There were many community volunteers as well, including John Nelson and the youth group from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and advice from Stephen Wood, Director of Community Services.pollinator_planting_child

Drought Conditions in New Jersey

An update from the NJDEP regarding the drought conditions in New Jersey:

A pattern of below-average precipitation that has been in place continues to constrain the drinking water supply indicators monitored by the NJDEP. The lack of rainfall coupled with high water demands continues to deplete reservoir storage, stream flows and shallow ground water levels in several regions of the state.  The Drought Watch issued on July 25, 2016, for the Central, Northeast, and Northwest regions, has been expanded to include Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean, and Salem counties.

For more Information:

You can find a full map of drought conditions in the state at http://www.njdrought.org/

Indoor Water Saving Tips for Residents [South Jersey Water Savers]

Join the SaveH2OCoalition’s efforts and sign the petition to the Governor at: http://www.saveh2onj.org/sign-the-petition/

Green Film Series: Lunch, Love, Community

Lunch Love CommunityAs the summer ends and our kids return to their classrooms, the Montclair office of Environmental Affairs and Community Green proudly present “Lunch Love Community” — a beautiful film about transforming local food systems. The screening will be held on Thursday, September 15, 6:30 p.m., at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue. All events at the Library are free.

“Lunch Love Community” is an engaging story of how a diverse group of pioneering parents and food advocates came together to tackle food reform and food justice in their local schools and neighborhoods.

Through a mosaic of twelve interconnecting short documentaries, the film explores food and education, children and health, and citizens making real changes.

This is a rich and multi-dimensional story of passion, creative energy, and idealism — a project linking the ways we teach our children to eat and understand food to the traditional passing of powerful values from one generation to the next.

“Lunch Love Community” is divided into three thematic programs — Heart, Body, Mind — each containing four short films exploring a range of topics from nutrition and health, to equity and justice, citizen participation, public policy, and school reform.

Please join us, and bring a student or other family member, a friend, or your neighbor for this entertaining and informative film screening and an open public discussion afterwards.

For more information, please contact the office of Environmental Affairs at (973) 509-5721, or,grussell@montclairnjusa.org.

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