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Friday, March 17 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Landscaping for Healthy Water with Jersey-Friendly Yards

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What we do in our own yards and neighborhoods determines how clean our water is for drinking and how healthy our waterways are for fishing and swimming.  By making smart landscaping choices, we can transform our yards into natural ”sponges” to capture stormwater and reduce the “people” pollution carried into our rivers and bays.  
Jersey-Friendly Yards (www.jerseyyards.org) is an easy-to-use, online source of information about how to landscape for a healthy environment in New Jersey. The website provides state-specific resources for reducing use of fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native species, creating habitat for wildlife, and improving overall yard health.  Users can search the Plant Database and create a custom plant list for conditions on their own property. 
Karen Walzer and Becky Laboy will showcase the website’s resources and practical applications, including the results of several landscaping projects implemented at Homeowner Associations and at branches of OceanFirst Bank.

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Becky Laboy

Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District
As the Education Outreach Specialist for the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Becky connects the local community to the soil through programs, workshops and grant projects.  She also shares her knowledge of avian wildlife leading birding trips on behalf of the Ocean County... Read More →
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Karen Walzer

Public Outreach Coordinator, Barnegat Bay Partnership
Karen is the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Barnegat Bay Partnership (BBP), a National Estuary Program. She manages the BBP’s communication initiatives and educational programs. Karen has a B.S. degree in Biology from Bucknell University and is a licensed NJ Registered Environmental... Read More →

Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Garden State Ballroom A First Floor