Environmental Commission

Meetings

  • 7 pm
  • 4th Wednesday of every month
  • Borough Hall
    480 Prospect Avenue
    Little Silver, NJ 07739

Meetings are also held virtually.

2024 Meeting Schedule

  • January 24
  • February 28
  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 22
  • June 26
  • July 24
  • August 28
  • September 25
  • October 23
  • November 20
  • December 18

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members

  • Bonnie Winters Akey, Chair
  • Don Galante, Council Representative
  • Karen Faherty Rosen                
  • Ilene Reynolds
  • Corky Johnson
  • Sandra Talerico
  • Mike Holzapfel
  • Missy Falkenberg
  • Greg Flanagan, Alternate
  • Susan Murray, Alternate
                                                          

Functions

The Environmental Commission is an advisory body to the Planning/Zoning Board and to the Mayor and Council. Its goal is to protect and preserve Little Silver’s natural resources and open space by preventing the degradation of the environment through improper use of the land and water. To carry out these functions the Environmental Commission has developed an Environmental Resource Inventory along with an Open Space and Recreational Plan which catalog the Borough’s natural habitat environment.

The Environmental Commission reviews all plans for construction with respect to environmental impact on the subject site and adjacent properties and makes recommendations to the Planning/Zoning Board. The Environmental Commission is especially focused on maintaining water quality, stormwater runoff, erosion, and wetlands disturbance.   We also review CAFRA or Army Corps of Engineers permits for regional plans on the Shrewsbury River.

 The Environmental Commission is involved in many activities to promote a healthy habitat for Little Silver residents and wildlife including:

  • Monthly water quality monitoring of our streams and waterways
  • Sponsor clean-ups of our roadways, parks, and open space
  • Coordinate with adjacent municipalities to study interrelated environmental issues and problems
  • Apply for grants to fund and maintain Little Silver’s open space and wildlife habitats
  • Provide stormwater management techniques to prevent trash and lawn chemicals from entering drainage systems and waterways.
  • Develop educational brochures to inform residents on how to protect water quality.
  • Maintain relationships with and participate in programs sponsored by State, Federal, and County agencies and environmental associations
  • Promote and support recycling and litter prevention programs

Copies of the Little Silver Watershed are available at Borough Hall and the Library.  This pamphlet includes information on sound environmental techniques to protect and enhance your quality of life in Little Silver.

Little Silver Community Garden

The Environmental Commission is also responsible for creating and coordinating a successful Community Garden, opened in Spring of 2015. The garden is located in the open area behind the Parker Homestead.  For information see the Community Garden Application (PDF).

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