EWA to host Earth Day Festival on April 13

EARTH DAY FESTIVAL APRIL 13, 2013 @ EWA’S TRIPLE C RANCH Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) will celebrate Earth Day 2013 at the eleventh annual Earth Day event at the Triple C Ranch and Nature Center, the last farm in northern Middlesex County. The event will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 10 AM to 2 PM (rain date Sunday, April 21) at the Triple C Ranch located at 206 Tyler Road in Edison. EWA’s Earth Day celebration will include wildlife exhibits in the Triple C Nature Center, a petting zoo, live music with Jim Collins and the Watchung Mountain Riders Band, ...

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EWA to host First Day of Spring Hike on March 20th

FIRST DAY OF SPRING HIKE MARCH 20, 2013 @ EWA'S TRIPLE C RANCH The nonprofit Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) will host a public hike in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area starting at their popular Triple C Ranch and Nature Center at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. This event is open to anyone who enjoys the outdoors and is great opportunity to experience a guided tour of the 1,250 acre natural oasis known as “The Diz.” Please meet at the farm located at 206 Tyler Road in Edison at 5:45 pm for check-in. Leading the tour, Robert Spiegel, EWA’s Execeutive ...

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Home News Tribune: Vibrant festival in Dismal Swamp celebrates nature

EDISON — More than 500 people shared the message of a “better environment and a better world” at the Edison Wetlands Association’s Earth Day 2012 event at the Triple C Ranch. Sunday’s celebration included tours of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, a petting zoo, a scavenger hunt and the reopening of the renovated nature center at the ranch, which is operated by the association. “I am not surprised by the turnout, but I am very encouraged,” said David Wheeler, Triple C Ranch director of operations and author of “Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in ...

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Edison Sentinel: Edison OKs controversial Dismal Swamp request

Environmental activists and residents came out in numbers Jan. 11 to hear the much-anticipated decision regarding a Dismal Swamp land-use battle that has spanned two decades. The Edison Township Council, having deliberated the matter in closed session on Jan. 9, voted 5-1 at its Jan. 11 regular meeting in favor of a resolution that could pave the way for a driveway to be built providing access to the Visco tract, where a Jehovah’s Witness center is proposed. The council’s action memorializes its request for final Green Acres approval of an amendment to the townshi...

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Home News Tribune Opinion: Edison officials again savaging Dismal Swamp

by Robert Spiegel On behalf of the nonprofit Edison Wetlands Association (EWA), I am writing regarding the township of Edison’s recent action in betraying the public trust by voting to steal preserved parkland off the Recreation and Open Space Inventory in order build a three-acre hall in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area. Ironically, at the beginning of the council meeting, Council President Robert Karabinchak stated that his goal this year was to make Edison a better town. You can’t create a better town by destroying ecologically sensitive wetlands that ...

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Sentinel: Two sides air views on Jehovah’s Witnesses plan

A land-use battle that has spanned two decades came to a head in Edison Township Council chambers last week. The governing body held a court-mandated public hearing on Nov. 3 regarding its proposed amendment to Edison’s Recreation Open Space Inventory (ROSI). The amendment would allow a driveway to be built in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, providing access to the landlocked 14-acre Visco tract, off Alexis Lane. The Visco family has donated a portion of the tract to be used for a Planning Board approved Jehovah’s Witnesses church. The Visco proposal has been ...

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My Central Jersey: Edison residents near Dismal Swamp fear toxic contamination

EDISON — Eight families on New York Boulevard along the township portion of the Dismal Swamp said they fear their homes have been contaminated by floodwaters containing low-level toxins. The toxins are from pesticides used to spray mosquitoes on an adjacent property owned by Chevron, whose Ortho Chemical subsidiary once operated a nearby pesticide plant along the swamp in bordering South Plainfield. Chevron wants to put up a cyclone fence behind the residents’ homes, claiming it will prevent exposure to the toxins, as well as littering and dumping. The ...

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Sentinel: Access issue holding up church plan in Dismal Swamp

I t’s a battle that spans more than 20 years. Environmental activists have long spoken out against the proposed development of the 14- acre Visco tract, off Alexis Lane, Edison, where single-family homes were once proposed. The Visco family, which bought the property in 1983, has sought to develop the site since 1989, encountering objections mainly because the site is located in the Dismal Swamp wildlife sanctuary. Currently on the table is a proposal for a 4,324- square-foot building to be used as a Jehovah’s Witness center. The development would use 3 acres ...

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My Central Jersey: Dismal Swamp Photo Gallery

David Wheeler, chief operations officer of the Edison Wetlands Association, pulls back healthy cattails from the Helen Street Wetlands within the Dismal Swamp to take a look at what outdoor enthusiasts call the Everglades of Central Jersey. The Helen Street Wetlands, the largest body of water within the Dismal Swamp, helps to clean the drinking water taken from the Raritan River. The Edison Wetlands Association hopes to turn the Dismal Swamp into outdoor education center in order to protect and promote its many uses, including habitat, recreation and scientific ...

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Daily Record: Dismal Swamp has its friends

One man’s stinky, useless swamp is another man’s beautifully abounding treasure, environmentalists say. If that’s the case, there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that is the dream of the Edison Wetlands Association, an environmental watchdog and education group that aims to make an outdoor education center out of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area that borders Edison, South Plainfield and Metuchen. But first, the group and other environmentalists must continually protect the 1,250-acre mix of forest, meadows and Environmental Protection ...

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