Take one or all of the Action Steps below to help protect the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer, the water supply for the Pinelands and most of southern New Jersey.
The South Jersey Landscape Makeover Program is a unique program to provide homeowners with expert advice and financial assistance to create rain gardens and other “green infrastructure” to capture polluted stormwater and prevent it from entering our lakes, rivers and bays. Farmers and municipalities are also available for support and grants.
Make your voice heard. Stop the pipeline madness by making sure our next Governor knows about the mistakes made by the Pinelands Commission. These pipelines violate the rules that protect this very special place. The Pinelands Commission is supposed to be an independent state agency. Unfortunately the Commission has lost its way and they have now approved two natural gas pipelines that violate the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan and represent real threats to people, water and unique natural resources.
It is very important that this plan be accurate and objective! The plan is supposed to determine whether the water in each watershed is sufficient to meet current and future human and ecological needs, or is instead being over-pumped.
PPA and its partners have serious concerns about the draft plan and are preparing comments, which we will share with the public.
It is critical that the public provide feedback to the DEP before it finalizes the plan. Learn how you can take action now.
Let the aquifer float your boat by paddling in the Pine Barrens on the Batsto or Mullica Rivers with PPA’s Pinelands Adventures. Great for all ages and abilities. Guided and self-guided canoeing and kayaking trips. Remember, when you are canoeing or kayaking in the Pine Barrens you are paddling in water that flows directly out of the ground from the aquifer to form the creeks and rivers.
Looking to get outside and volunteer in the Pine Barrens? Join our stewardship coordinator Jason Howell to remove potential threats to ground water, restore the damage, protect the forests against continued abuse, and promote responsible use of the lands. These work days are critical ways to protect against water degradation and habitat loss.
It’s never too early to let candidates know that protection of water and protection of the Pinelands is important to you. Act now to send a message to candidates running in the primaries this year.
By supporting local farms, you support protection of open space and help prevent farms from being turned into housing or commercial developments. In doing so, you ensure that the aquifer can be recharged by rainfall and other precipitation. Farmers committed to conservation and groundwater protection are great partners in the protection of the aquifer and the Pinelands. Find a local farm or farmstand near you at Jersey Fresh or VisitNJFarms.org.
Gardeners and homeowners can get into the action this spring by focusing on adding native plants to their landscapes. A great way to help preserve our native flora — and our environment in general — is to plant native vegetation around our homes and businesses. Luckily, New Jersey residents have lots of beautiful and interesting native plants to choose from.
When you landscape with native plants, not only are you likely to save money and resources by using less fertilizer, soil additives, and water, you are also helping to strengthen the complex web of connections linking native species and ecological processes in your local ecosystem. Learn more about landscaping with native plants at JerseyYards.org.
Illegal off-road vehicle use is destroying wetlands habitats throughout the Pinelands. These habitat are home to many rare species like the Pine Barrens Treefrog and unique insect-eating plants and rare orchids. The state Pinelands Commission has identified over 220 sites in Wharton State Forest that have been damaged by unlawful ORV activity. The New Jersey DEP has struggled to put an end to the destruction. However, the Pinelands Commission has the authority to ensure that motorized vehicles are used appropriately. Learn how to Take Action now and urge the Pinelands Commission to stop the destruction!