August 2019
"Water is the driver of Nature." 
-Leonardo da Vinci
Eco-friendly Back-to-School Shopping Tips
By: Val Thorpe, Director of Communications & Marketing

You may have noticed that the school year was barely over before the shiny new school supplies were placed front and center the stores for the coming school year: bright notebooks, colorful pencils and erasers, and all sorts of exciting things your child will likely never use. Back-to-school clothes were also prominently displayed for the summer growth spurts that inevitably happen. But maybe it's time to take a closer look at what children really need to prepare for the year of learning ahead.( continue reading)

Take Back the Tap: Blind Water-Taste-Test Results

We recently hosted a water tasting to help educate people on the many varieties of water available to the public. For this blind taste-test we selected six different types water: Poland Spring, ZEROWATER filtered water, Shoprite bottled spring water, PUR filtered tap water, unfiltered/untreated well water, and the public supply water containing bleach. All samples were served at room temperature from unlabeled cups. Of the 36 participants who tasted and voted, the number 1 favorite was....   (click here for the results)

Water Filters - Choose the Right One for You
by Reem Shair, William Paterson University Student/GSWA Intern
Water is amazing at dissolving things, which is both good and bad. It's great if you need to remove a stain from your clothes, but not always so great when you need to drink it. Water is constantly circulating throughout the environment dissolving bacteria and toxins as it makes its way into your faucet. Many people look to water filtration devices to help reduce the amounts of bacteria and toxins in their water. Realistically though, most tap water is entirely safe to drink and use. Filtration devices are generally used to help with the taste and smell of the water. If you don't know whether your water is safe to drink straight from the tap, getting your water tested is a great way to find out. Water testing will also identify what is in your water so you can determine what kind of filter you should buy. (continue reading)

A Tip for Watershed-Friendly Living

Properly dispose of prescription drugs. Local police departments have drop boxes available 24 hours a day.

When any substance, including medication, is flushed down the toilet, it becomes a part of the water supply. It can leech into groundwater if you have a septic system or be released from the wastewater treatment center if you are on a public sewer system. Unfortunately, the treatment process cannot remove drugs, so they become a part of both water and soil. Traces of prescription drugs have been found in plants, fish, and other animals that drink or swim in lakes, streams, and oceans.  

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Climate Change-NJ
Wed, 8/21, 6:30-8 PM
Greater Newark Conservancy
32 Prince St, Newark, NJ

As climate change becomes an increasingly alarming issue, it's important to know the what we are facing. Come get the facts from Dr. Krassi Lazarova, Science Department Chair and Associate Professor of Physics at Centenary University.
Make your own Pollinator Box
Thu, 8/22, 6:30-8 PM
GSWA Headquarters
568 Tempe Wick Rd, Morristown, NJ

Join us for an evening of building, learning and all-around good fun as we talk about the importance of solitary bees and pollinator habitats to the ecosystem. You will leave with your very own pollinator box to enjoy at home! $20/box, space is limited so don't wait.

Summer Colors Hike
Sat, 8/24, 10 AM-12 PM
Garret Mtn. Reservation
8 Mountain Ave,
Woodland Park, NJ

Breathe in the beautiful overlooks at the Garret Mountain Reservation with panoramic views of northern New Jersey and New York City that you can't see from anywhere else in Passaic County!
Breakfast Briefing
Recycling: Straight from the Source
Tue, 9/17, 8-9:30 AM
GSWA Headquarters
568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ

Join us for an inside look at recycling and how it all really works. Presented by Gary Sandermeyer of Bayshore Recycling Plant, you'll get some tips and learn how incorrect recycling creates problems.  
New Moon Hike
Fri, 9/27, 7-8:30 9M
Great Swamp Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Long Hill Road,  
Harding Township, NJ

Come hike the trails of the Wildlife Refuge under a new moon, when the stars are at their brightest! The moon won't be visible, but the inhabitants of the woods will still be awake to greet you. 
GSWA Annual Gala

For tickets and information click the dragonfly...

Thank you to our sponsors (to date):
New Jersey American Water
Atlantic Health System - Pfizer
BASF - PSE&G - Schenck, Price, Smith & King

Great Swamp documentary "Saving The Great Swamp: Battle to Defeat the Jetport" now available on iTunes, Amazon Prime and Google Play

Saving The Great Swamp: Battle to Defeat the Jetport is familiar to many GSWA members who attended the 2016 premiere or viewed the film on PBS last year. Narrated by Blythe Danner, the award-winning 64-minute documentary chronicles the historic struggle to preserve the Great Swamp between 1959 and 1968. For those who missed it or would like to own a copy, the film is now available to purchase or rent online. Find direct links to the 3 online stores here.

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