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Aug 2 (Sat), 1:00 pm
Paddle Merrill Creek Reservoir
Aug 6 (Wed), 7:30 pm
Executive Committee/Planning Meeting

Hunterdon and Southern Warren Counties

The South Highlands Group includes portions of Southern Warren County. The Group focuses on conservation issues, such as preserving open space, promoting clean energy, and recycling. Come join us for an event, meeting, or outing. We look forward to meeting you!


Contacts/Updates | Programs/Meetings | Issues | Outings | Volunteer Opportunities


Contacts/Updates:

Sign-up for our email list:
Go to lists.sierraclub.org and enter your name and e-mail address.
Need help? E-mail dwight@dlirving.com

Or, you can become a part of our group, Sierra Club-South Highlands Group-NJ Chapter, on Facebook.

You can receive New Jersey Sierra Club Chapter action alerts and/or bi-weekly Chapter newsletter by signing up at ActionNetwork.org/SierraClubNJ

South Highlands Group Contact Directory

Chair: Jonathan Wall
Vice-Chair: Celeste Martin
Conservation Chair: (Open Position)
Secretary: Dwight Irving
Political Chair: Caroline Galofaro
Publicity Chair: Susan Schirmer
Membership Chair: Jim Fleming
Energy Coordinator: (Open Position)
Outings Coordinator: Jonathan Wall
Executive Committee: Jonathan Wall, Celeste Martin, Cinny MacGonagle, Dwight Irving, Susan Schirmer

Events & Outings:
Check our Meetup.com group for a list of all events and outings. You don't have to be a Meetup.com member to attend either the events or outings


Meetings:
Group Executive Committee meetings for 2013 are being held on the following dates (click on the date to save to your calendar):
    Wednesday, May 1st
    Wednesday, August 7th
    Wednesday, November 6th
Usually held at Jonathan Wall's office, this is a working meeting and all members are invited. Meeting times & locations are subject to change - please check Facebook for updates.

    27 Center Street
    Clinton, NJ 08809
    
    Directions



Issues:
Stop the Pipe!
The Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company (Transco) is proposing the Northeast Supply Link Project, which includes installing a 6.8 mile 42 inch pipeline through Clinton, Franklin, and Union Twps. This pipeline would cut through some of the most sensitive and scenic lands in New Jersey, impacting critical habitat, water supplies, public health and safety, and creating another scar through the Highlands.

Gas in the pipeline would come from the Marcellus Shale, encouraging the expansion of the dangerous natural gas drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. Fracking threatens our water supply with hundreds of toxic chemicals and major water withdrawals as each well requires between 2 to 9 million gallons of water. The project is being driven by gas drillers as demand for natural gas remains flat.

To learn more visit "Fight the Pipe" at www.fightthepipe.org and like them on Facebook

Take Action and Submit Comments to FERC now!

Plug into Clean Energy
Efficiency is the cheapest and cleanest way to cut our fossil fuel use and pollution. It seems intuitive enough: Use less energy. Save fuel, and save money.

But with the numerous federal, state and local organizations and agencies ready to help citizens retrofit their homes and businesses, offering rebates, discounts, financing and other kinds of incentives, it can be tough to figure out where to start.

This guide is designed to help you cut through the clutter and pick what works for you, so you can get on the path toward a more efficient home or business, one step at a time.

New NJ Recycling Website
This new website promotes waste reduction and recycling approaches in New Jersey.

Their goals are to...
- Provide practical and straight forward advice for how to reduce the amount of waste your household produces with simple tips for waste reduction or reuse that do not require dramatic changes in lifestyle.
- Suggest alternatives for reusing the items you might otherwise discard.
- Provide links to town and county recycling websites, where you can find information about what can be placed in your curbside recycling containers and taken to the municipal recycling center.
- Inform about additional recycling options created by private businesses.
Waiver Goodbye to Environmental Protection
When looking at the waiver rule in light of the Governor's Executive Orders-no state rule stricter than federal standards, economic balance in rulemaking- the DEP Commissioner can waive compliance with any rule, regulation or permit. If a rule is considered burdensome, conflicts with other rules, or the Department believes some net environmental benefit that is not defined can be achieved, rule provisions and standards can be waived.


PSE&G Susquehana-Roseland Power Line
On June 6, 2008, PSE&G announced a "Reliability Project" that would bring power to Roseland NJ from Pennsylvania. PSE&G plans to string a 500kV line next to the current line that carries 230kV. They will be increasing the transmission capacity by 750% to account for an estimated 1% growth in energy demand per year in the next four years. They will have to construct 75 new towers ranging from 180-195 feet in height, almost double the height of the current towers. The New Jersey portion will pass through Hardwick Twp, Stillwater Twp, Fredon Twp, Newton, Andover Twp, Byram Twp, Sparta Twp, Jefferson Twp, Rockaway Twp, Kinnelon Boro, Boonton Twp, Montville Twp, Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp, East Hanover Twp, and end in Roseland Boro.

Activist list emailrouteb_info sign-up information: Subscribers to this list will receive updates and information on the PSE&G Susquehanna-Roseland "Route B" power line through New Jersey, in the form of news stories, press releases or other sources of information. This is a newsletter list only. A two-way "discussion" list is under consideration, but not currently available. A response to a list post will only go back to the list moderator, and not to the full list. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining this list, follow these easy steps:
1. Click here and then click the "Subscribe" link in the middle of the left hand column.

2. You will see a pop-up that asks you if you "really want to subscribe to list routeb_info?" Click "OK"

3. A sign-up page will appear. On it, enter your name and email address and click "Submit."

4. To confirm your identity and prevent anyone from subscribing you to this list against your will, a confirmation message will be sent to your mailbox. Check your mailbox for new messages and follow the instructions with a reply to the confirmation request in order to complete your subscription to the routeb_info list.

Sierra Club position on the power line

Other links: Susquehana-Roseland Power Lines, OpposeTheTowers.com

Volunteer Opportunities:
Ever think about volunteering? Do you enjoy the outdoors and/or want to help protect our environment and open space in New Jersey? Do something about it! Join us to work on important environmental issues facing Hunterdon County, New Jersey, the United States, and the World. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Contact our Membership Chair, Bill Moody, to learn more about the Sierra Club and to join our Group.

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Questions and comments about this web site may be sent to: Dwight Irving

For general questions about the South Highlands Group, contact the Group Membership Chair.

Page URL: http://NewJersey.SierraClub.org/SouthHighlands/index.asp
Page Last Modified 4/15/2013


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