The Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences announces a new website and blog which address organic vegetable weed control strategies. Learn about weed control methods including: tractor and hand-operated cultivating tools; backpack sprayers for applying organic herbicides; backpack mounted weed flamers; organic and plastic mulching techniques; overview of weed biology and weed seed farming issues; weed control planning ahead strategies including stale seedbed, continuous tillage and cover cropping. There’s also a forum for exchanging ideas, as well as links to many helpful resources. Click here to learn more.
SOMERSET, January 21, 2014 – New Jersey State Conservationist Carrie
Mosley has introduced a Soil Health Initiative, designating $400,000 of
the 2014 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds for the
planning and implementation of multi-species cover crop. Other practices
that support soil health, like no-till and nutrient management, are
available through the Initiative as companion practices. Agricultural
producers who are eligible for EQIP can apply for this Initiative offered
by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
“Producers who apply for the Initiative during the current funding period
and meet the EQIP criteria will be given priority to be funded this year,”
Mosley said. The current application period for EQIP closes February 21.
NRCS has identified four principles as useful for improving soil health:
1. Keep soil covered as much as possible.
2. Use plant diversity to increase diversity in the soil.
3. Keep living roots in the soil as long as possible.
4. Disturb the soil as little as possible.
“We hope New Jersey farmers will visit their local NRCS office to learn
more about what we can offer them through EQIP and the new Soil Health
Initiative,” Mosley said. Visit the NRCS website
available in the Garden State.
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program (WRP) has created a user-friendly Neshanic Watershed Boundary Map in ArcGISonline. Users can search an address to verify that it is within the Neshanic. Additionally, users can change the base map (eg. imagery, imagery with labels, streets, etc.) and measure distances. The WRP can provide potential homeowners with this map to verify their address for themselves. You can access the map at this link.
This is a great time to spruce up your indoor and outdoor living space. Back to Nature Home and Garden offers great solutions in landscaping and decor! When you purchase goods and services from Back to Nature, you’ll get a 10% discount for mentioning NJRC&D, AND they’ll donate 5.5% of your purchase right back to NJRC&D to help us continue our great work.
Thinking about doing a landscaping project? How about installing a fire pit for those cold evenings? Maybe you’d like help selecting deer-resistant plants. Back to Nature has great solutions, and the best gifts for nature lovers. Be sure to visit Back to Nature Home and Garden and mention NJRC&D to get your discount and help us fund some terrific projects!
NJRC&D has been awarded two grants of $541,300 and $700,500 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to implement the Neshanic River Watershed and Musconetcong Watershed Restoration Plans over the next five years.
The overall goal of the implementation plans is to construct stormwater BMPs that will achieve a reduction in bacteria and attain higher standards of water quality. The target area for the Neshanic Watershed includes Raritan, East Amwell, and Delaware Townships, and Flemington Borough.The target area for the Musconetcong Watershed includes Hampton Borough and Bethelehem Township, Hunterdon County, and Franklin and Washington Township, Warren County.
Projects will include:
conducting rain barrel workshops;
installation of residential and commercial rain gardens;
retrofitting of stormwater management facilities;
installation of bioretention systems to capture, treat and infiltrate stormwater at the source;
retrofitting roadside ditches to reduce sediment load;
installation of conservation and riparian buffers;
enhancement of agricultural/livestock best management practices;
expansion of agricultural cover crops;
agricultural mini-grant program; and
implementation of a Quality Assurance Project Plan.
Project funding and support has been awarded to North Jersey RC&D as a 319h grant from NJDEP Water Resource Management, Division of Water Monitoring and Standards, Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards (BEARS).
North Jersey RC&D is proud to have been awarded a Coastal America Partnership Award as part of the Musconetcong River Restoration Partnership. This group was recognized for its role in the successful removal of the Finesville Dam, thereby restoring natural stream flow, improving aquatic habitat for native fish populations, and reducing local flooding in heavy rain events. This award is given to just a few groups each year. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding collaborations which restore and protect our nation’s coastal environment.
NJRC&D also congratulates its partners in this award: USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Musconetcong Watershed Association, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, American Rivers, Conservation Resources, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Musconetcong Home River Intitiative, Trout Unlimited, NJ Corporate Wetlands Restoration Parnership, and the National Park Service.
Want to learn more? Please check out the press coverage at these links:
69 News, WFMZ-TV
Lehigh Valley Live