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In accordance with the rules and regulations of the Open Public Meetings Law, please be advised that the Environmental Commission meeting will be held in-person on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:00 pm in the conference room at the rear of the Avon Municipal Building (301 Main Street Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ).


Safe Drug Disposal

Avon By The Sea has a permanent and secure safe medication disposal box located at the entrance way to town hall at the Municipal Building. The secure drop off accepts prescription and over-the-counter medications.  Furthermore, Avon participates in the DEA’s National Drug Takeback Program. For more information on DEA’s program visit https://www.dea.gov/takebackday

Click HERE to learn more about the Got Drugs? Safe Disposal Campaign - Avon is a participating municipality!

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Save the date for the 2022 Spring Beach Sweep on Saturday, April 9th, Avon Pavilion at Norwood & Ocean (North End of the Beach) 9:00 AM - Noon
About the Beach Sweeps

In 1985, COA launched the region’s first Beach Sweeps program to rid beaches of unsightly and harmful debris.  COA's Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanups of its kind in the world.  Volunteers gather from Raritan to Delaware Bays and along the ocean to clean beaches and waterways, as well as underwater sites.  They join as groups (community, school, business, and organization), families, or individuals.  Participants collect and record valuable data about debris, which is presented in annual reports and used to advance federal, state, and local programs to reduce litter.

Fish, whales, birds, and other animals often mistake litter for food.   As a result, animals get entangled in or ingest items, such as plastic bags, cigarette filters, and fishing line, with deadly results.  Cigarette filters mimic fish and have been found in the stomachs of birds and larger fish, blocking and affecting their digestion.  Also, the filters are made of plastic fibers and trap carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals that are introduced into animals’ bloodstreams.  

Moreover, plastic litter takes a few years to several hundred years to break down, thereby threatening wildlife for decades.  Litter in waterways can also foul boat motors and propellers, resulting in costly repairs.  Finally, littered beaches can ruin a day at the beach. Garbage slicks and wash-ups close beaches to swimming and are detrimental to tourism and the coastal economy.

For more information on Beach Sweeps in your area, please visit Clean Ocean Action
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Environmental Commission Members                                              
Sandra La Vallee Mc Laughlin -  Co-Chair                                        
Vade Hanlon - Co-Chair                                                                    
Jack Ryan – Member  (Planning Board)                                            

Stephen Mazouat – Member
Carlie Hanlon – Member
Greg Matthews - Member 
Maureen Domal - Member

2021 Meeting Summaries
2022 Meeting Summaries

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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