October 2019

greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." -Robert Swan

Composting Year-round - The Basics
By: Val Thorpe, Director of Communications & Marketing

Did you know? Autumn is likely the best time to begin composting. It's an activity you can (and should) do year-round. If you've been contemplating the idea of composting, this is the perfect time to  fall into it! (Pun intended.) As the leaves begin to collect on your lawn, put them to good use. They're nature's gift to you - they're free, and they are one of the most important ingredients in your compost bin.   ( continue reading )

GSWA Annual Gala - a Big Night with a Vegan Challenge
GSWA's annual Gala, our biggest fundraiser of the year, took place on October 3. Our distinguished honoree, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill,  under-scored the need to focus on clean water, and thanked us for inspiring her and our community to be "environmental leaders and good stewards to our air, water, and land."

This year, we introduced something unique, a "vegan challenge," where attendees could support GSWA and the environment without spending a dime. This proposition was the brainchild of four anonymous donors who teamed up to offer a $75 donation to GSWA for every vegan meal served at the Gala. We are thrilled to announce that it was a great success! Of the nearly 400 people who attended the Gala, (
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The Chathams and Madison Join the Growing Number of NJ Towns Banning Plastic Bags

A recent article published in NJ.com indicated that at least 24 municipalities and one entire county in New Jersey have passed plastic bag regulations. Many other municipalities and another county have "passed rules which are now waiting to go into effect." Joining this ever-growing list were  Chatham Township, Chatham Borough, and Madison, passing regulations which will take effect in March of 2020. Chatham Township Committeewoman, Tracy Ness, who voted "yes" to the ban, referenced GSWA's study of microplastics  our waterways in her  
endorsement the ban. (read the article)

GSWA Board Members Voice Their Support of Proposed Long Hill Sewer Sale

The Long Hill Township Committee is working on a deal to sell the their public water treatment plant and system to a private company for $12.7M  in an effort to address the town's long-term sewer infra- structure needs. This much-debated deal will be voted on through a public referendum in November. GSWA board members, Kathy and Alan Pfeil, expressed their strong support of this proposed sale in a letter to the editor.  ( read the letter )

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Hard Cider Tasting
Tue, 11/5, 5:30-7:30 PM
GSWA Headquarters 
568 Tempe Wick Rd, Morristown, NJ

Who doesn't love a tasty hard cider in the fall?Sample 8 delicious flavors of spiked apple ciders paired with tasty seasonal treats. Play along with our pub-style quiz for a chance to win fun prizes. This event is free to all non-members, and to GSWA members bringing a non-member friend. 
Bring Your Pup on a Hike at the CMA
Sat, 11/9, 1-3 PM
GSWA Conservation Management Area (CMA)
91 Tiger Lily Ln, Morristown, NJ

C'mon out for a relaxing walk in the woods with your best friend, your dog. Please make sure s/he plays well with people and other dogs, and remains on a leash for the entire hike. Limit: 15 pups, so register today!

CMA News and GSWA Annual Mtg.
Wed, 11/13, 6-7:30 PM
Kemmerer Library
19 Blue Mill Rd.
New Vernon, NJ

We've been busy at the CMA! Our volunteers helped expand our education areas, fell trees, create 500 feet of trail boardwalk, plant 1000 native trees and shrubs, and so much more. Catch up on all the interesting and exciting news, and learn what's in store next at GSWA.  
Post Turkey-Day CMA Clean & Hike
Sun, 12/1, 9AM-12PM
GSWA Conservation Management Area (CMA)  
91 Tiger Lily Lane
Morristown, NJ

We all indulged a bit... it's okay. It's like it never happened when you  help us tidy up the CMA for winter, followed by an end-to-end tour of the the trails and new boardwalks. There's lots to see and do at the CMA. Come enjoy this Thanksgiving treat! 
A Tip for Watershed-Friendly Living
Do not dispose of oil, paint or other chemicals in your home or storm drains. Look for your county's hazardous materials events, which occur about twice a year.

Thank You to Our Gala Sponsors:

New Jersey American Water
Atlantic Health System - Normandy Real Estate Partners, Pfizer
Adrienne & Reed Auerbach - BASF - PSE&G - Schenck, Price, Smith & King

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