This page contains important information with regards to protecting our environment -- Recycling, Threatened & Endangered Species, Radon, Site Remediation. These are links to web sites that are not maintained by Elk Township.
Learn how, where and why you should recycle! Click on http://www.gcianj.com/rec_where.htm and find out all you need to know about recycling, composting and disposing of all kinds of household waste safely and efficiently.
Threatened & Endangered Species
The NJDEP’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) (http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensphome.htm) monitors and oversees the protection and regulations of threatened and endangered (T&E) species in the state. They have a database of all the locations of confirmed threatened and endangered species, including bald eagle nesting sites, and continuously monitor these locations. In order for the ENSP to investigate the presence of T&E species (including bald eagle) at a site, they must receive a Sighting Report Form (available at the above website), along with a map accurately depicting the location of the sighting, and, if possible, photographs/video/sound recordings associated with the sighting. They will not investigate a claimed sighting without such a report. Upon receipt of a Sighting Report Form, the ENSP will investigate the sighting for verification and determination of presence of T&E. They recommend that a Sighting Report be submitted each time a sighting occurs, not simply one to represent several sightings. As more sighting reports are provided, the NJDEP will be able to better confirm the presence of such species, map their locations, and implement appropriate protection measures and buffers. Directions on completing the form and the address to which to return it are outlined on the attached form.
To determine what species are threatened or endangered in New Jersey check out the above listed NJDEP website for a full description and photographs of the various species. We encourage all residents who witness sightings of threatened and endangered species in the Township to submit a sighting report to the NJDEP and also forward a copy of such to the Elk Township Environmental Commission.
Learn more about this naturally occurring radioactive gas
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind cigarette smoking. Radon enters homes through openings that are in contact with the ground, such as cracks in the foundation, small openings around pipes, and sump pits. Radon is colorless and odorless, and is formed by the natural breaking down of uranium is soil and rock formations.
Radon is known to exist in southern New Jersey, but its presence can only be determined by testing. Elk Township is designated as a Tier 2 radon potential, which means it is a moderate radon potential area. Testing your home for radon is easy and homes with high levels of radon can be fixed (mitigated). The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recommends that all homes be tested for radon.
You can test your home by yourself or hire a certified professional to do the test. The tests are easy to complete and will help you understand if your home may be exposed to elevated levels of radon.
How do New Jersey residents obtain information regarding radon?
Contact the DEP Radon Section at (609) 984-5425 or (800) 648-0394 or visit the Radon Program web site at www.njradon.org, or at http://www.nj.gov/dep/rpp/radon/radontes.htm. You can access the radon potential map for the State of New Jersey at the following website http://www.nj.gov/dep/rpp/radon/radonmap.htm.
The Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade And Closure Fund ("UST Fund"). This fund provides loans and grants to eligible owners and operators of regulated and non-regulated petroleum underground storage tanks to help finance project costs for the upgrade and closure of State regulated underground storage tanks and remediation of discharges from regulated and non-regulated underground storage tanks.
Click on http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/finance/ustfund/ to access the UST site.
Click here for the Tank Removal Application.
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