About The Environmental Commission

The Environmental Commission was established for the purpose of studying and making recommendations to the Mayor & Council with respect to: the preservation of open and green space; control of all types of pollution; disposal of wastes; protection of the soil and landscapes; the management of water resources; the protection of the aesthetic flora and fauna of the Borough.

The Environment Commission has dedicated its efforts towards the conservation of precious open and green spaces, as well as the natural and historic resources of the borough, within the framework of maintaining a safe, healthy and vibrant community.

The Environmental Commission meets every third Monday (except for December), at 7:45pm. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Complex, 12 Mercedes Drive, Montvale. Please check the website for an updated schedule. 

 

Application Process

Notice to all those wishing to be heard before the Environmental Commission

Applicants that are required to appear before  the Montvale Environmental Commission  must provide twelve (12) copies of the landscaping plans. The plans are to be submitted to Environmental Commission, Attention: EC Secretary, 12 Mercedes Drive, Montvale, NJ 07645. These copies must arrive at Borough Hall at least ten business days prior to the meeting of the Environmental Commission. Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of every month. In the event of a holiday, meetings are held on the fourth Monday. There is no meeting in December. Please check the homepage for meetings cancellations.

To schedule an appearance before the Environmental Commission, the applicant must contact the EC Secretary, Janet Russo, by telephone (201-391-5700,ext 257) or by email (Janet Russo).

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Freshwater Wetlands in Montvale 

Wetlands are commonly referred to as swamps, marshes, or bogs. Previously misunderstood as wastelands, wetlands are now recognized for their vital ecological and socioeconomic contributions.

Freshwater wetlands have many valuable uses for our environment and the community.  To protect these valuable landmasses, New Jersey has put in place some of the most progressive laws concerning protection of freshwater wetlands.  On July 1, 1987, the New Jersey legislature passed the NJ Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act to “preserve the purity and integrity of freshwater wetlands from unnecessary and undesirable disturbance.”  The legislature found that protecting wetlands required “vigorous action” because of the important functions performed by wetlands and because the existing federal programs were not stringent enough.   The NJ Freshwater Protection Act has been revised many times since 1987, and will continue to be modified to ensure our environment is protected.

Under the Federal Clean Water Act, a state may take over the federal program as long as the state agrees to incorporate all of the federal laws.  In 1994, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved that New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) assume responsibility for the federal wetlands program.  The EPA retains oversight of the state program and coordinates certain activities with the DEP.  The DEP relies on local communities such as Montvale to ensure the wetland regulations are observed and enforced.

Despite New Jersey’s strict wetlands laws and regulations, wetlands are still being destroyed. Losses of such areas take place whenever a municipality does not properly recognize and enforce existing wetlands regulations.  State and federal governments do not have the manpower to police all wetlands, hence local communities must take responsibility.  As with any community-driven activity, citizens must help state and local officials by understanding and sharing in their responsibilities, and by bringing potential violations to the attention of state and/or local officials. The Montvale Environmental Commission, Planning Board, and Building Code Official are here to assist you concerning wetlands-related issues.  To learn more about wetlands, please visit the New Jersey DEP website.