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Jonathan Roth
Chairman's Letter 2013
Chairman
  
Patrick Mulligan Member
Mary Howard Member
Melvin Robertson Member
William McCall Member

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The Commission is established for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of the Township of South Harrison

The Commission shall have power to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the township and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes, and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its purposes.

The Commission keeps an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas, and may from time to time recommend to the Planning/Zoning Board, plans and programs for inclusion in the Master Plan and the development and use of such areas.

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Who are we
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Why give us your e-mail?

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South Harrison’s Environmental Commission Chairman’s Letter to the Community for 2013

At the time of my appointment as chairman, and at the drafting of this letter, most of the residents of South Harrison Township that we asked had no idea that an environmental commission existed in the township’s government nor did they understand what an environmental commission was or what importance it carries.

Since community education and representation is one of the jobs of the environmental commission it became one of my primary goals for this year to simply introduce the commission to the residents of South Harrison Township so they can get to know one another and how they can mutually benefit from that new relationship.

The fact that you are reading this on our new website is the first proof of this effort and I hope our relationship grows from here. The website will have some basic information about all the work that we do and who we are but as you read further into our links and documents you will find a daunting amount of detailed information that is mostly there for reference to you the community. If you have any questions or concerns about what you see on this site or generally about the environment within our township please feel free to contact us or stop by at one of our public meetings. You are always welcome and we would welcome your interest.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jonathan Roth
Chairman
Environmental Commission SHT
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Who are we?

The Environmental Commission South Harrison Township.

We are your neighbors that have been appointed by the town governmental body to this advisory commission because of our skills, interest, or background. We all have an interest in our town’s health (both physical and economic) and our quality of life as residents living here.

Why give us your E-mail address?

One of our goals is to increase communications and awareness between the commission and the residents of South Harrison Township so that we may better serve this township. However, any communications by mail require a large amount of money in postage that would be taken out of the tax money that we all contribute to our local government for them to be able to run the town. The more tax money we use the less there is for other projects and issues in the town.

So, we are trying to encourage the residents of South Harrison to become more aware of our website and how to use it as well as encouraging them to give us their e-mail if they are interested in township issues so that we can send them information about the town when we have news that the residents may want.

If you know of a resident that does not have access to e-mail or the internet perhaps one of their neighbors could help them keep in touch. Again, we are part of your local government and any information gathered by the Environmental Commission like e-mail addresses or other contact information will be used only for our ability to communicate with you the resident and not be sold or used for any other purpose.

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What do we do?

We encourage you to visit our section of the township website to find out the answer since it is too diverse and complicated to be answered in a one page flyer and that is what we want you to do anyway.

Our message:

Go to our website and check out who we are and what we do. If you have further questions contact us, we would love to talk with you.

If your property is on Oldman’s Creek, Harrison Lake, or Raccoon Creek you should talk with us about the 2013 ANJEC Grant Project and what it could mean to you and our town.

Watch for our joint newsletter with the South Jersey Land & Water Trust to arrive in your mailbox in September then contact us with any questions or for further information. Come to one of our free events for landowners or farmers that we are sponsoring to learn about the importance of this areas land and water and its proper stewardship or just to have fun.

Did I mention go to our website and contact us? (http://www.southharrison-nj.org/environmental_committee.shtml)

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FAQ's

What is an Environmental Commission?

Short answer:

We are the people that advise your government how to protect the water, air, soil, flora and fauna, and your overall quality of life and health in South Harrison Township.

Longer answer:

New Jersey State Law (N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 through 12.) authorizes municipalities to set up a commission to be an advisory body on environmental issues affecting the municipality. The mayor or other governing chief executive can appoint not less than five and not more than seven (not including alternates) volunteer members to the commission for a three year term (two years for alternates). The language in the law is purposely general and so enables the commission to oversee anything in the township that has to do with the environment including but not limited to natural resource planning and protection, open space issues and preservation, water resources and management, pollution prevention and control, solid waste management, noise control, and environmental appearance and application review for applications that present to the Planning and Zoning Board to name a few. Generally the environmental commissions are local environmental advocates, involved in a variety of activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Do Environmental Commissions Do?

Environmental commissions use a wide range of information and approaches to inform local government and residents on environmental issues, laws and programs; Reach local citizens through educational programs, publications and meetings; Promote regional and long-range environmental planning; Reach local citizens through educational programs, publications and meetings; Work with neighboring commissions and other organizations to address regional and state-wide environmental problems; and play a coordinating role among the diverse actors in environmental protection: the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Soil Conservation Districts, local planning boards, boards of health and utilities authorities. The environmental commission is able to also acquire property in the name of the township if land is to be donated or if there is funding for such acquisition for available lands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is ANJEC?

ANJEC stands for the "Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions". ANJEC is not a government agency. ANJEC is a private non-profit educational organization. Our mission is to promote the public interest in natural resource protection, reclamation and sustainable development and to support environmental commissions working with community officials and concerned citizens. Our programs are funded through grants from foundations, memberships and contributions and contracts with the state of New Jersey.

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