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SP Environmental Advisory Committee

2020 Updates

Osprey Nest update:
You many have seen the Osprey Nesting Platform at the shoreline of the Seaside Park Marina. This year the DPW raised the platform higher to increase visibility for the Osprey and provide a wider sightline to guard their nest. Osprey typically adopt a nesting site after their spring return from over-wintering in South America. Young birds pair-bond and build a nest that is maintained for many years. Keep an eye out for their return in March and perhaps a new family will adopt this platform. You can learn more about this fascinating “Fish Hawk” from the educational sign on the west Marina lawn.

Water Bird Signs:
We love watching the birds along the bay, but please do not feed them. New signs have been placed along the bay alerting visitors to the town ordinance which prohibits feeding any wildlife. This protects the health of the shore birds as eating bread and “human food” can lead to illness. Birds congregating along the shore also creates overcrowding and contamination from bird waste in the water. The bacterial contributes to high fecal bacterial counts and the closing of bay beaches. Please observe the rules and refrain from feeding birds along the bay.

Butterflies on the Bay Garden:
Each year the Environmental Advisory Committee and the Beautification Committee work together to maintain the Butterfly Garden at the 14th parking lot. Annuals are planted, perennial native plants pruned, and overgrown plants replaced as needed. This year the heavy August winds battered many plants. Some were pruned back to return next year, and additional fall annuals were added to provide the food and habitat for fall migrating birds and butterflies. Plans for adding additional closely spaced native grasses and bayberry to the west side of the garden should increase protection from wind in future years. The Environmental Committee also maintains the Native Plant Garden at the DPW Office on Barnegat Avenue. There you can see many Native Plants and learn about their value in the landscape.

Seaside Park 2021 Magnets:
We are looking forward to sharing the 2021 Seaside Park Magnet sponsored by the Environmental Advisory Committee. Inspired by the volunteers and Public Works staff who planted our west-side dunes with new vegetation, next year’s magnet will celebrate Native Plants. Announcement of where and when you can get the magnet will be made in Spring 2021.

Interested in joining the Environmental Committee?
Please complete the Citizen Leadership Form to apply.

Living with Less Plastic

Over 60 people attended the Seaside Park Environmental Advisory Committee meeting on May 8th to learn about the impact of single-use plastic and how we can reduce our usage. Executive Director Cindy Zipf, of Clean Ocean Action gave an overview of the pollution problems NJ has had over the years and how they were improved through citizen action and laws. We learned how single-use plastic contaminates the ocean and bays, and it’s negative effects on wildlife.

Products to replace single-use plastic were displayed, including stainless steel straws, reusable grocery bags, reusable produce bags, bamboo cutlery to replace plastic, paper lawn bags, reusable sandwich bags and a bamboo tooth brush. Every attendee took home a reusable shopping bag with an assortment of the items. Raffled prizes included a Season Beach Badge donated for the event by the Seaside Park Democratic Club.

Osprey Nesting Platform

Seaside Park now has an Osprey nesting platform at the north end of Bay View Avenue near I Street. Osprey pairs will be returning to this area in late March through April seeking a nest site. If a pair choose this site, we may be seeing them nest, fish and fledge this summer.

The platform was built with information from the Conserve Wildlife Foundation, NJ Osprey Project and the NJ Fish and Wildlife guidelines.

Thank you to the Department of Public Works for their assistance in building and installing the platform, and to the Council for their support of the project.

Stay tuned for more information on the nesting site, and a dedication event planned for this spring.

2018 Seaside Park Butterfly Release Program

On June 2, 2018 the Seaside Park Environmental Committee hosted its annual Butterfly Release in the Butterfly Garden. Painted Lady butterflies were reared from caterpillar stage by host families and released into the garden. Megan Stefanacci opened the event with her lovely rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Mayor Matthies recognized the partnership of the Borough and local volunteers in the creation of the garden and the annual event. Then, Anne Moyse announced the winner of the coloring contest, Violet Gentile, whose winning magnet is depicted in the gallery below. All participants in the contest received recognition and certificates. Information and bookmarks were handed out to those attending. 

 

2017 Seaside Park Butterfly Release Program

On June 4th, 2017 the Seaside Park Environmental Committee held the 3rd Annual Butterfly Release at our Butterfly Garden. 40 Painted Lady butterflies that had been reared from caterpillar stage by host families were released into the garden. Councilman Ray Amabile welcomed the crowd and soloist Laurie Sullivan led them in singing “America the Beautiful.” The Environmental Committee also announced the winner of the Butterfly Magnet Coloring Contest, Marina Condos. Butterfly Magnets and information on native plants and butterflies were given out to those attending.

Earth Day in Seaside Park

On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, members of the Seaside Park Environmental Committee and volunteers started work to refresh the Native Plant garden at the Department of Public Works. The garden was installed before Sandy and while some plants have flourished, others were overgrown or damaged. After the clean up, some new native plants will be added to the garden this spring.

Science Saturdays

The Foundation of Arts and Science on LBI is hosting a series of educational talks called “Science Saturdays.” For event information visit the LBIF Science Saturday event page.

2020 Meeting Dates

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq., that the Borough of Seaside Park Environmental Advisory Committee has established the following schedule (beginning at 7:00 p.m.) for their Regular Committee Meetings for the Year 2020:

Wednesday, February 19th
Wednesday, March 18th
Wednesday, April 15th
Wednesday, May 20th
Wednesday, June 17th
Wednesday, July 15th
Wednesday, September 16th
Wednesday, October 21st
Wednesday, November 18th

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that these meetings will be held in the Borough Community Room located at 1701 N. Ocean Avenue, Seaside Park, NJ 08752. The Regular Committee Meeting scheduled for May 8th will be held in Borough Council Chambers located at Sixth and Central Avenues, Seaside Park, NJ 08752 (beginning at 7:00 p.m.).
OFFICIAL ACTION MAY BE TAKEN

SANDRA MARTIN, RMC, CMR
DEPUTY MUNICIPAL CLERK

January 10, 2019

2020 Members

Chair Term
Liliana Amabile (2 yr. 1/2020 – 12/2021)
 
Vice Chair
Jane Mason (2 yr. 1/2019 – 12/2020)
 
Recording Secretary
Anne Moyse (2 yr. 1/2020 – 12/2021)
 
Members
Ann Hayes (2 yr. 1/2020 – 12/2021)
 
Cindy Kleva (2 yr. 1/2019 – 12/2020)
 
Lynda Roberts (2 yr. 1/2019 – 12/2020)
 
Diane IL Grande (2 yr. 1/2020 – 12/2021)

Environmental Advisory Committee

Seaside Park’s Environmental Advisory Committee has openings for interested citizens who want to join the committee and the town’s Green Team. The mission of this group is “to define the community’s responsibility to the environment and through educating the public to turn Seaside Park into a model community for Environmental Stewardship.”

Any resident interested in serving on the Green Team must first complete the following Citizen Leadership Form (PDF) and submit it to Borough Clerk Karen Barna for consideration of any future vacancies.

Mission Statement and Goals

The Seaside Park Environmental Advisory Committee (SPEAC) is a volunteer resident group, which is appointed yearly by the Mayor and Council at its Reorganization Meeting. SPEAC is committed to working with Borough Officials to promote environmental sustainability and to support green projects, which will make Seaside Park a greener place to live, work and play.

Long Term Goals:

  1. To promote Sustainable Environmental Practices
  2. To define the Community’s responsibility to the environment
  3. To educate the public about the environment and turn Seaside Park into a model for environmental Stewardship

Short Term Goals 2017:

  1. To work in cooperation with Mayor and Council to promote Environmentally sustainable projects.
  2. Regular updates to the SSP web site for public information and opportunities
  3. Complete and install an educational sign at the Seaside Park Butterflies by the Bay (BBTB) garden (June 2017)
  4. Complete and install an identification sign for BBTB on the “Welcome To” signage at 14th Avenue parking lot and on the Marina SSP Events sign.
  5. Butterfly launch with local children and residents. (Blue Water week)
  6. Establish relationships and network with other barrier island Environmental committees.
  7. Tentative: speaker program on Native and Barrier Island Landscapes to be followed with a plant sale at the Farmer’s Market.
  8. Monitor the progress toward a Saturday garbage pick up arrangement.

Energy Conservation

The Borough of Seaside Park has recently made great strides in the area of Environmental Stewardship. As one of the newest EnergyStar Paratners, Seaside Park will have access greater access to the resources and skills necessary to drive the community to the forefront of environmental stewardship.

We have joined the national effort of Environmental Sustainability through EnergyStar and Sustainable NJ. If you want more information about these programs please visit www.energystar.gov or www.sustainablenj.com

Through these programs we have developed a community Green Team whose role is to define the community’s responsibility to the environment and through educating the publc will turn Seaside Park into the model community for Environmental Stewardship!

We look forward to working with our community and our new partners to developing the best programs that will respect the environment, save money, jobs and most importantly improve the area where we live.

Please contact us at kleier@seasideparknj.org if you have any questions or comments.