Overview The Environmental Commission has the following duties:
Study and make recommendations to the Mayor and Council in areas of conservation and environmental protection, which shall include but not be limited to pollution control of all types, waste disposal, including sewage, garbage and solid waste, open space preservation, with emphasis on outdoor recreation needs, aesthetic flora and fauna preservation and beautification; and water resources.
Plan local conservation programs and inform the public about those programs.
Prepare, print and distribute informational materials, such as books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its purposes, within the limits of funds appropriated to the Commission.
Keep an index of all open areas, publicly and privately owned, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas.
Recommend, from time to time, to the Planning Board, plans and programs for inclusion in the Master Plan of the Borough of Madison for development and use of such areas.
Operate conservation programs on lands donated or purchased for conservation purposes by the Borough of Madison.
Do such other acts and things as are reasonably related to and assigned to carry out the purposes and objectives of the Commission.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) offers free bags for leaf collection. The bags will be picked up with yard debris on Tuesdays or residents can bring them to the DPW facility on John Street.
Get Involved Click here for information about saving money and conserving energy- become a Madison Electric Curtailment Volunteer (MECV)!
Action Teams The Environmental Commission, following on Green Forum suggestions, is forming Action Teams:
Please let us know if you want to be part of a focused team.
ENERGY STAR Madison residents are eligible for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR! Please see theENERGY STAR page for more details on how to get started in Madison. Additional resources include:
Stormwater Runoff The MEC tested the Madison Recreation Complex stormwater runoff on October, 19, 2012. The lab, Equity Environmental Engineering, interpreted the results as follows: "The stormwater samples were collected from turf fields runoff and analyzed for lead, zinc, and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The results of the analysis did not identify concentrations of these compounds that exceeded the NJDEP criteria (Ground Water Quality Criteria and Surface Water Quality Criteria). All of the compounds were non-detect (ND) except Zinc. Method Detection Limit (MDL) is the lowest concentration at which an analyte can be detected in a sample. Reporting Limit (RL) is the lowest concentration at which an analyte concentration can be reported with a reasonable degree of accuracy and precision. Bold MDL and RL values mean that they are greater than the NJDEP criteria. Where the MDL or RL was above the NJDEP criteria, the analytical results were non-detect and therefore, not of concern." View the Lab Summary (XLS)and view the Full Report (PDF) for more information.
E-Cycling Day The MEC offered an e-cycling day with Venture Crew 77 on Black Friday, November 23 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. Until the next event, PC Problems on Main Street will accept electronics for proper disposal during business hours without charge. Large TV's must be taken to the DPW Municipal Garage.