NorthJersey.com High PCE reading taken near Montclair well

It’s a clear, colorless liquid that has a mild, sweet, ether-like odor.

It’s also a “probable carcinogen” that can potentially damage developing fetuses, decrease fertility, and damage the liver and kidneys, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

Say hello to tetrachloroethylene, otherwise known as perchloroethene, perchloroethylene, PERC or PCE. Continue Reading →


Hunterdon County Democrat: Byers: Lawns aren’t porous; home chemicals threaten Barnegat Bay

Photo Credit: NJ.com Barnegat Bay, a favorite destination in this state we’re in, is famous for crabbing, fishing, swimming, sailing and boating. But in recent years, Barnegat Bay has been in decline. For decades, scientists have warned that an overload of nutrients — specifically, nitrogen … Continue Reading →


Don’s Jersey Birding: More Good Weed!

By Don Torino

Despite what you might be thinking, my column this week is not about growing up in the 60s, or the title of an old Cheech & Chong movie, and it’s not even a public service announcement from the Colorado Chamber of Commerce. It is about some real good weed you can pick up right here in New Jersey at your local garden center. Continue Reading →


NorthJersey.com: Hundreds turn out for annual Butterfly Day in the Meadowlands

LYNDHURST — Don Torino is a wildlife enthusiast who wears his love of butterflies not on his sleeve, but on his skin. As such, he was the perfect guide for the Fifth Annual Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park in the Meadowlands on Sunday Continue Reading →


NJ.com: Survey: Mercer County among areas most affected by Gypsy Moths

TRENTON — Gypsy moths have rallied in Mercer County with their leaf-chomping wrath denuding trees on more than six times as many acres as last year, but gypsy moth populations elsewhere in the state are on the decline, the state Department of Agriculture said last week. Continue Reading →


Scientific American: Fact or Fiction?: The Sixth Mass Extinction Can Be Stopped

SIXTH EXTINCTION: Humans have killed off at least 322 animal species, including tortoises (and dodos) on the islands of Mauritius. But imported tortoises from the Seychelles, like this one, may be able to fill that loss. Photo Credit: Scientific American The most famous mass extinction … Continue Reading →

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WNJ Photo of the Week: Female Fox

This week’s WNJ Photo of the Week is of a young female fox and submitted by Mark Gorman. It was taken at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, NJ. Continue Reading →


NorthJersey.com: Hillsdale residents rebuild path through Beechwood Park

A group of volunteers recently repaired a pathway in Hillsdale’s Beechwood Park that was previously dilapidated. Photo Credit: NorthJersey.com HILLSDALE —  A group of borough residents and volunteers have rebuilt and redesigned a path through a section of Beechwood Park. Councilman Frank Pizzella said the … Continue Reading →


Asbury Park Press: Oil spill drill trains volunteers to care for wildlife

A dozen American Littoral Society staff and members have become the newest volunteers for Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, a nonprofit group that rehabilitates wildlife contaminated by an oil spi Continue Reading →


MyCentralJersey.com: Wind preferable to nuclear, coal

No energy source is without some adverse environmental impact. Even wind power poses some concerns. But given the alternatives in New Jersey, especially coal and nuclear, wind power should be an important part of the energy mix. Continue Reading →