Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Is your town Blue Star certified?

Nearly all of New Jersey’s waters fail to meet the fishable, swimmable, and drinkable goals of our laws. Most of these issues are a result of our everyday actions, and the way we use land and water resources.
Fortunately, many can be fixed or prevented with small changes within our daily lives and communities. Through the Blue Star initiative, not only will communities become leaders in environmental stewardship, but the beauty and vitality of a clean coastal ecosystem and economy will be ensured.

The municipal Blue Star program combines the visionary Sustainable Jersey Program with Clean Ocean Action’s focus on water quality protection. Our goal is to inspire coastal towns to achieve Sustainable Jersey Certification and reap its benefits, while at the same time focusing on watershed-wide water quality improvements.

Clean Ocean Action will be going on the ‘road’ for the summer introducing the Blue Star program statewide by attending various meetings and events to give presentations and to network. The summer-long launch will culminate in an event in September inviting municipal leaders from around the state. The event will highlight an innovative water quality demonstration not yet seen in NJ. Stay tuned!

Any municipality registered or certified in the Sustainable Jersey program is eligible to work on the Blue Star Award. In order to receive Blue Star Certification, the municipality must first become Sustainable Jersey certified.

For more information about getting involved or a list of events we will be attending please contact Catie Tobin. To learn about the Sustainable Jersey Program, please visit:

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