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Environmental Commission

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Environmental Commission Members
                                             Meeting Summaries
Sandra La Vallee Mc Laughlin -  Co-Chair                                        September 21, 2021
Vade Hanlon - Co-Chair                                                                    October 19, 2021
Edward Bonanno – Member (Mayor)
Jack Ryan – Member  (Planning Board)                                            

Stephen Mazouat – Member
Carlie Hanlon – Member

Our Mission Statement

The Environmental Commission is established by Chapter 15 of the Avon by the Sea Municipal Code and was created by Ordinance in December, 1992.  Its stated purpose is “for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of the municipality of Avon by the Sea”.  The Environmental Commission is a group of volunteers, appointed by the Borough Board of Commissioners, to help conserve the community’s environment. Working with Borough officials, community organizations and residents, the Environmental Commission seeks to promote programs that conserve resources, foster a better understanding of our environment, and stimulate interest in protecting the environment.

The Commission may conduct research, prepare, and communicate information in support of its purpose.  It shall keep an index of all open areas, both public and private, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas.  It may recommend to the Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Master Plan.  The Commission will also undertake the additional activities delineated in Chapter 15 of the Municipal Code.  Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at the Municipal Building.

Gas Powered Leaf Blower Guidance

With an increasing number of residents spending time at home working and studying, in conjunction with the use of powerful gas powered backpack blowers, some municipalities have chosen to ban gas powered leaf blowers during summer months outright.  It is our preference at this time to set reasonable expectations for noise levels, with the use of quieter equipment currently available that allows contractors and homeowners to still effectively perform this work.”  The NJDEP limit for noise exposure of residential occupancies due to commercial activities is 65 dBA.

The purpose of the Avon by the Sea Residential Zone is to provide for the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of town residences. Consistent with this purpose the Avon by the Sea Environmental Commission has developed this guidance for use of gas powered leaf blowers in the municipality’s residential areas.

This guidance has been developed in consideration of how other towns are addressing leaf blower noise, Municipal and State regulation of noise, Industry and Equipment Manufacturer programs to reduce the noise of their leaf blower equipment and actual noise measurements of leaf blowers in use in Avon.  

  • All gas powered leaf blower users are requested to use the quietest leaf blowers available.,  Ideally leaf blowers with a noise rating of less than 70 dB(A) ( as defined by ANSI B175.2).  Manufacturers are required to mark their leaf blowers with this sound level.  The attachment to this guideline lists leaf blower models rated below 70dB, and their sound level. It also lists a sample of popular commercial models with noise ratings up to 112 dBA
  • Leaf blower users are encouraged to only run the blower at the minimum throttle setting to do the job.  Rarely does a large backpack blower have to run at full throttle in a residential area to do the job.
  • Users are asked to only use one blower at a time. There are exceptions when multiple blowers are a benefit, such as moving large piles of leaves, but most residential jobs can be done efficiently and effectively with one blower.

    To see the noise levels for various leaf blowers, please click here:   Gas Powered Leaf Blower Noise Levels 

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