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Great Swamp Watershed Association’s (GSWA) Breakfast Briefing speakers series returns for fall on September 9, 2014!

Our seasonal Breakfast Briefing series was developed to help busy professionals stay informed about community environmental issues without taking valuable time away from work or family life. Presentations are kept brief, focus on current environmental topics, and minimize overlap with most traditional business hours. These lecture-and-discussion events are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Exceptions to this schedule are noted in the event descriptions below, so please read them carefully.

Seating is limited, so we ask that you pre-register for each event by clicking the Register for this Event link below its description, or from our Event Registration page, or call 973-538-3500 x22.

GSWA members participate free of charge. Nonmembers are asked to make a voluntary donation of $10/adult and $5/child (6 to 17 years old), or $35/family (includes 4). There is no suggested donation for children 5 years and under. Programs are suitable for all ages. For updates or cancellations, please call our Event Information Hotline at 973-538-3500 x22.

NYNJ Baykeeper Debbie Mans

Debbie Mans, NY/NJ Baykeeper

Tuesday, September 9, 8—9:30 a.m.

GSWA Office, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ

Recreation Opportunities on the Lower Passaic

Water quality issues stemming from legacy contamination have long interfered with public access and recreation on the Lower Passaic. Debbie Mans, executive director of the NY/NJ Baykeeper, will join us to talk about zoning and regulations that deal with public access and the installation of new waterfront parks.

Debbie has been Baykeeper and Executive Director at NY/NJ Baykeeper since 2008. Before that, she served as the environmental and energy policy advisor for Governor Jon S. Corzine. She was also appointed by Governor Corzine to the NJ State Planning Commission. Prior to joining the Corzine administration, Debbie held the position of policy director at NY/NJ Baykeeper. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School. She is the chair of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and on the board of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.


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Fall foliage at the
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in Hillsborough, NJ.
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Tuesday, November 11, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

GSWA Office, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ

The Environmental Legacy of Historical Land Uses

How can you remedy issues on your property caused by past land-use practices?

Thom Almendinger, director of stewardship at the Duke Farm Foundation will stop by to teach us about some of the innovative approaches to land stewardship being implemented at the 2,700-acre Duke Farms property in Hillsborough, NJ.

Like many property owners around the state, land managers at Duke Farms must address the effects that historical land use—particularly agriculture—have had on the current landscape, including heavy metal contamination, non-native invasive species growth, and soil compaction. Learn what Duke Farms is doing to address these issues and take home some ideas for your own property.

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Tuesday, December 9, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

GSWA Office, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ

Are There Drugs In Our Water Supply?

John Dyksen, special consultant (previously vice president of Capital Planning & Research) at United Water—the water utility company serving much of northeast New Jersey, including parts of Morris County—will visit to discuss the issue of pharmaceuticals in our water supplies. This talk will help participants learn more about the classes and types of pharmaceutical chemicals showing up in our water; understand the potential dangers to human health and the health of wildlife; and learn how water companies, individual homeowners, and nonprofit organizations like GSWA can equip themselves to deal with the issue before it becomes a threat.

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View presentations from some past Breakfast Briefings:

The Economic Implications of Climate Change, Professor Joseph J. Seneca, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, Tuesday, December 13, 2012

Why Is New Jersey’s Weather Changing? (presentation (pdf)) (video — as you watch, please turn up the volume. Audio quality is complicated by our presentation space.) Anthony Broccoli, director of the Rutgers Center for Environmental Predication, Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The State of the Passaic River, Kirk R. Barrett, Director, Passaic River Institute, Montclair State University, Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Every Drop Counts, David Robinson, NJ State Climatologist, Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Citizen Science — What’s In It For You?, Danielle Donkersloot, NJDEP’s Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator, Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Climate Change and You… Perfect Together?, Dr. Michael Kennish, Rutgers University, Tuesday, November 11, 2008